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For Immediate Release: June 9, 2004
Lumina Foundation Selects Only Brookhaven College from Dallas Area for Student Success Program
Farmers Branch, Dallas, TX • College is one of only 27 community colleges in five states selected to participate in Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count, a new initiative designed to enhance the academic success of low-income and minority students. Brookhaven College was the only Dallas-area institution selected.
Brookhaven College will receive a $50,000 investment grant to develop plans for addressing this challenge and will be eligible for additional funding to implement its plans.
Achieving the Dream is a multi-year initiative funded by Lumina Foundation for Education and involves several national partner organizations. The first phase of the initiative will directly involve the selected colleges in Florida, North Carolina, New Mexico, Virginia and Texas.
A team of national reviewers selected the 27 participating institutions from among 60 community colleges that submitted proposals. Eligible colleges were regionally accredited, public, associate degree-granting institutions. Each college was required to have an enrollment that was at least 33 percent minority students or 50 percent students who receive government-supported financial aid. Brookhaven College's minority student enrollment makes up just over 50 percent of the total enrollment of the college with a student population that is 14.8 percent African-American, 20.5 percent Hispanic, 11.5 percent Asian/Pacific Islander, 0.6 percent American Indian, and 3.1 percent non resident aliens.
According to the reviewers, the colleges selected are those that most effectively demonstrated a commitment to increasing student success and best communicated their vision for accomplishing this at their institutions.
Brookhaven College and other participating community colleges will be supported in their work by initiative partners with significant expertise in this field, including the American Association of Community Colleges; Community College Leadership Program at the University of Texas-Austin; Community College Research Center, Teacher's College, Columbia University; Futures Project, Brown University; Jobs for the Future; MDRC and Public Agenda. These organizations, along with the initiative's managing partner, MDC, Inc., will help colleges identify and adapt practices and policies that will enable their institutions to achieve their goals.
Representatives of Brookhaven College will learn more about the Achieving the Dream initiative and begin their planning efforts at a Summer Institute to be held June 13-17 in Austin, Texas. In future years, the initiative will expand to involve eligible community colleges in additional states. Currently in the planning phase, the national initiative will be launched in the fall of 2004.
Other colleges selected in Texas are: Alamo Community College District, San Antonio; Coastal Bend College, Beeville; El Paso Community College Distict, El Paso; Galveston College, Galveston; Houston Community College System, Houston; South Texas Community College, McAllen; and, Southwest Texas Junior College, Uvalde.
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