Purdue Calumet receives $100,000 Lumina grant to improve student success

A $100,000 grant has been awarded to Purdue University Calumet from the Lumina Foundation for Education to improve student success.According to Purdue Calumet Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Nabil Ibrahim, the grant is intended to address the challenges to access and success of underrepresented students from Hammond, Gary and East Chicago through a 2+4 academic program designed to transition students seamlessly from high school to Purdue Calumet.

The program will focus on typical academic deficiencies found in incoming students entering Purdue Calumet from target schools. The program features a curriculum developed and articulated in partnership with target schools, a collaborative style of learning, a supplemental instruction component and an internship component.

“This approach has been proven to ensure major improvements in retention and graduation at the college level,” Ibrahim said.

Each participating high school student will develop a plan of study designed to gain admission and achieve success in an academic major at Purdue Calumet leading to a career of his/her choice. The program will be assessed on the basis of number of successfully admitted and retained students at Purdue Calumet.

“The program has the potential to serve as a model for replication in different regions of Indiana,” Ibrahim said. “Success of the Lumina project will make it possible to leverage additional resources to expand the program and broaden its impact on Indiana underrepresented students.”

The Lumina Foundation for Education awarded a total of $866,500 to nine Indiana universities to improve college retention. In addition to Purdue Calumet, the recipients are Indiana University East, Indiana University Kokomo, Indiana University Northwest, Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne, Indiana University South Bend and Indiana University Southeast.

Lumina Foundation for Education is a private, independent foundation that strives to help people achieve their potential by expanding access and success in education beyond high school.