(NEWARK, NJ) – Rutgers University – Newark announced that it is one of 16 institutions receiving additional investment and support to drive student-centered transformation through the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) Powered by Publics initiative to advance. . The cohort will conduct an in-depth institutional needs assessment, share student success data, and receive targeted professional development and technical support based on counseling needs, college entrance policy and practice, 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.

“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.”

Gunkel cited several existing platforms in Rutgers-Newark that promote student success. “We implemented a streamlined early warning system that allows professors to send progress reports on coursework issues to students and academic advisors. The system also enables coordinated communication between the Financial Aid Office and advice centers regarding the academic eligibility of students. “In addition, a new mobile app enables students 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 created a solid foundation for increasing student success in the future,” said Gunkel.

“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. The 16 institutions participating in this cohort will serve as a model that other universities can use to strengthen their work in this area. “

The APLU’s Powered by Publics initiative has brought together nearly 125 institutions and state systems that are capable of change in 14 “transformation clusters” – three million undergraduate students, including one million Pell scholars. Each cluster focuses on solving different pieces of the student success puzzle as public universities work together to break down longstanding barriers, fill the performance gap, prepare students to thrive in the 21st century workforce, and collectively determine the number of degrees they award to increase. The clusters drive collaboration on affordability, holistic student support, and teaching and learning, with equity and data being integral, overarching components.

The 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.

originally published: 03/23/2021