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February 21, 2020
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Last year, the University of Cincinnati became the first institution in Ohio to launch the Catalyze program, an initiative of College Possible, a nonprofit AmeriCorps organization focused on helping low-income students get admitted to, and graduate from, college through an intensive curriculum of coaching and support.
Now, Inside Higher Ed profiles the university’s successes with Catalyze in a feature story on the program, currently in use by nine colleges and universities nationwide — four private and five public.
The initiative pairs first-generation A&S students who are Pell Grant recipients with “success coaches” — recent college graduates who mentor students as they navigate what can be a complicated college maze.
Lisa Holstrom, senior assistant dean of UC’s McMicken College of Arts and Sciences who’s quoted throughout in the story, notes that UC saw a 5 percent increase in semester-to-semester persistence from students assigned a coach from fall 2018 to spring 2019, compared to low-income first-year students from fall 2017 to fall 2018.
The story also features Alison Trimbur, a 2018 UC alumna with a political science degree who served as a coach in the 2018-2019 academic year, and UC student Latasha Hamner, a sophomore majoring in digital media at UC's McMicken College of Arts and Sciences.
Read the story here.
Featured image at top: Incoming UC Arts and Sciences success coaches and their supervisor, from left to right: Nadya Streicher, Jayla Means, Pamela Rogers, Paige Visagie, and Maurisha Whitlow. UC/Beth Vleaminck