NEWARK, NJ – Rutgers University-Newark is expected to receive additional capital and support to better serve its students.

School authorities announced on Tuesday that it was one of 16 institutions that are slated to fund an institutional assessment under the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU) Powered by Publics initiative. The assessment will look at student achievement data and receive targeted professional development and technical support based on counseling needs, college readiness policies and practices, and digital learning.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is funding the effort. Each institution will start operations in March 2021 and will continue until July 2022. She will receive a $ 15,000 scholarship to cover costs associated with attending.

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“This is a great opportunity to ensure Rutgers-Newark continues to lead in promoting strong and equitable outcomes for our students,” said John Gunkel, Vice Chancellor, Academic Programs and Strategic Partnerships. “We look forward to working with our colleagues at APLU and other member institutions to share information and insights that will enable us all to better serve our students.”

Nearly 125 institutions have joined the program to improve access to higher education, promote equity and increase the number of degrees awarded.

Before joining the initiative, Rutgers-Newark had already implemented several platforms to encourage its students’ success. Gunkel noted that the university optimized an early warning system that allows professors to send progress reports of coursework problems to students and academic advisors. According to Gunkel, the system also enables coordinated communication between the Financial Aid Office and advice centers with regard to the academic eligibility of students.

The university also has a mobile app that students can use to schedule appointments for tutoring, counseling, and library / research support. respond to quick surveys about their needs for technology or access to wellness resources like the pantry; and connect with study partners.

“The technology infrastructure provided by these software tools has made the transition to remote counseling, tutoring and other academic support services relatively seamless and has laid a solid foundation for increasing student success in the future,” said the Vice Chancellor.

Since APLU’s Powered by Publics initiative began, it has reached 3 million students at participating schools. The program uses a “cluster” approach to identify and identify student paths to success as public universities work together to remove long-standing educational barriers, fill the performance gap, prepare students for the workforce, and collectively the number of them degrees awarded.

The clusters are designed to carry out work on affordability, holistic student support, and teaching and learning, with equity and data being integral, overarching components.

“We’re excited to offer 16 Powered by Publics institutions the opportunity to receive additional resources to improve counseling, college readiness, and digital learning,” said Julia Michaels, vice president and president Managing Director of the APLU Center for Public University Transformation. “Powered by Publics institutions focus on working together to promote equity, improve degrees, and share critical dates and lessons.”

Other institutions selected for the effort are: University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff; Clemson University; Illinois State University; Ohio University; Middle Tennessee State University; Montana State University; New Mexico State University; University of New Orleans; New Jersey Institute of Technology; University of South Alabama; Texas Tech University; Tuskegee University; Virginia Commonwealth University; Western Michigan University; University of Wyoming.