U.S. Rep. McGovern Announced $1.9 Million DOE Grant for Becker Student Success Programs

Published on Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Becker College will receive nearly $2 million in Title III funding administered by the Department of Education, under the Strengthening Institutions Program. U.S. Representative James P. McGovern (MA-3) visited campus to announce the award of the competitive grant. The grant is anticipated to be distributed over five years, with $399,496 in the first budget period.

“Becker College is doing laudable work preparing its students for long-term academic and real-world success,” said Rep. McGovern.  “Their expanding student success and preparation programs will go a long way in meeting their mission of getting students ready for the global future, and I’m thrilled to see these federal funds make an immediate impact.”

“Becker College is ready to implement the Strengthening Institutions funding,” said Robert E. Johnson, Ph.D., president of Becker College. “We believe in every student’s potential for success, and this grant represents an important opportunity for Becker College to continue to deliver highly educated global citizens, well-prepared to rise to the top of their careers.”

The grant will be used to fund the comprehensive “From At-Risk to Success” program, a coordinated series of successful existing programs and new initiatives ready to launch with receipt of the new funds. The programs, targeted to assist students with the transition from high school to college and sustained success in subsequent years, include expanding dual enrollment with area high schools; increased foundational course options and first-year course assistants; in-class technology; a broader faculty advising, tutoring, and mentoring center; and expanded “Living and Learning Communities,” which group students in similar programs together in mutually supportive residential and academic space. With the infusion of Title III funds, SI can be expanded to include a number of additional disciplines.

The experience of senior Francis Torres, of Framingham, Mass., serves as an example of the progress that Becker has already seen with its Supplemental Instruction (SI) program. SI deploys experienced peer tutors to assist students in the classroom. A peer tutor in his major, criminal justice, and a resident assistant, Torres served as a supplemental instruction leader at the launch of the SI program, last year.

In addition to the Title III grant, Rep. McGovern was instrumental in helping Becker to secure a $540,072 grant by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) in 2009, to support nursing education.

President Johnson commended Rep. McGovern’s longstanding support of education, health care, and the people of Massachusetts.

“Congressman McGovern has supported our efforts to advance nursing, and digital games education, has lectured on campus, and supported our students’ efforts to draw attention to global humanitarian aid,” President Johnson said.