Menlo College Receives $1.8 Million Grant to Support Student Success

Menlo College Receives $1.8 Million Grant to Support Student Success

Atherton, California, October 1, 2018 – Menlo College has been awarded $1,818,252 from the U.S. Department of Education for its “Bridging the Achievement and Retention Gap through Tutoring, Technology, and Advising” project under the Title III Strengthening Institutions Program.

Funds for the five-year project will be used to improve student achievement in math and English, and to increase retention and graduation rates for low-income and underrepresented students. Proposed grant activities, which will be funded annually over five years, include:

  • Expanding the Menlo College Rising Scholars Program, a summer bridge program to foster success in incoming students who need developmental math and English.
  • Developing Intensive Math and Writing Labs, a co-requisite requirement for students in developmental or introductory math and English to provide one-on-one and intensive group instruction to improve success.
  • Implementing ePortfolios, a student-friendly assessment management system that will engage both students and faculty in improving student learning through assessment.
  • Implementing an advising and retention platform, a tool designed to improve communication between advisors and students and enable data-driven decision making for student success.

“This funding greatly improves our capacity to strengthen students’ math and writing skills, which are critical for success both during and after college. By providing intensive support during their first two years at Menlo, we aim to increase retention and graduation outcomes for students who are less prepared for college” said Angela Schmiede, vice president for student success and project director. “Menlo College is grateful for the grant award from the U.S. Department of Education, which will fund 97% of the total project costs.”