Inside Iowa State
Sept. 12, 1997
Retention and recruitment
16 P&S projects awarded funds
by Anne Dolan
Sixteen projects aimed at enhancing the student experience at Iowa State have received funding in the fourth year of a recruitment and retention effort. The program is driven by a committee of the Professional and Scientific Council and funded with a $25,000 grant fund from the President's Office.
Forty-seven proposals, seeking more than $237,000, were submitted by P&S staff last month. A peer committee evaluated all proposals. Of the 16 proposals to receive funding, nine were fully funded, six were funded at about 50 percent of the request, and one received about 30 percent. The awards range from $803 to $2,500.
Through projects this year, P&S staff will:
A list of all 16 funded projects will be available at the P&S Council Web site later this fall.
- Develop an ethnic minority women's student organization to provide support and a community, and to encourage personal development and achievement.
- Educate Iowa high school staff who work with learning disabled (LD) students about admissions policies, accommodations, self-advocacy skills and services for LD students at ISU.
- Train two adult students to be ISU ambassadors at "Iowa State Days" at Iowa's community colleges.
- Purchase and distribute "Safe Zone" stickers and brochures to send a message of understanding and non-judgment to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender students and prospective students.
- Develop a guide that promotes development of the "whole student" by providing information on getting involved in student activities outside the classroom.
- Design and create a visual, active learning kit or game that helps first-year students identify key skills associated with student success.
- Support minority student-athletes through a mentoring program with P&S volunteers, monthly support meetings, outreach events in Ames schools and other activities.
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