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Think Getting Into College Is Enough? ‘Getting Through’ Even More Important

Georgian Court University Honored for Helping Low-Income Students Complete College

Lakewood, N.J., Feb. 24, 2012—Georgian Court University was recently awarded $5,000 from the College Board Advocacy & Policy Center to help expand and sustain its “Getting Through” program, one of 16 national winners recently selected for its innovative approach to increasing the percentage of low-income students who get ready for, get into, or successfully get through college.

GCU’s “Getting Through” program helps students who are struggling academically, behaviorally, and socially, and provides them with a range of assistance. On campus, GCU’s Educational Opportunity Fund and Student Support Services programs are the backbones for helping first-generation, economically challenged students. In addition to EOF, which is funded by the state, and SSS, which is part of the federal government’s TRiO program, GCU’s athletics department assists with “Getting Through,” an effort managed by the Georgian Court Student Success Team.

“Overall, ‘Getting Through’ is about retaining and helping students to persist through graduation,” said Karen Goff, GCU dean of students. “It is not enough to just help students get into college. Here at Georgian Court, the formation of our Retention Outreach Team has been a collaborative effort across several departments with staff who are focused on keeping students enrolled and successfully ‘getting them through’ to graduation,” she added.

The award from the College Board stems from the CollegeKeys Compact, an initiative that was launched in October 2007 following a two-year review of independent research, policy and practices in academic preparation and planning, admissions, financial aid, and retention. The College Board has found that too many college-qualified low- and moderate-income high school graduates do not enroll in a four-year college program. The reasons include a combination of poor preparation, low expectations and financial barriers. The College Board wants all students to have equal opportunity for a successful college experience that is affordable and accessible.

“This year’s CollegeKeys Compact Innovation Awards winners [are] leading the charge toward the common goal of a 55 percent graduation rate by 2025, and giving our students the best possible opportunities to succeed in college and beyond,” said Gaston Caperton, the College Board president.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves more than 2,500 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at One Woodbridge Center in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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