ISU To Receive Inaugural Student Success Grant

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ISU is set to receive a grant awarded to just three institutions in the state that will introduce over 70 students to their future careers.

The grant will be used to introduce 75 freshman and sophomore 21st Century Scholars pursing arts and sciences degrees to their future careers.

“Career readiness is increasingly important. It’s getting national attention; it’s getting state attention,” said Josh Powers, associate vice president of academic affairs at Indiana State. “We wanted to see if we could link the good work we’re doing with 21st Century scholars with an intentional career readiness opportunity for a particular subset of 21st Century scholars that are in the College of Arts and Sciences.”

Indiana State University’s overall four-year graduation rate is up nearly three percentage points from 2016 and up 9.3 percentage points in three years.

Whereas three years ago about one in five students graduated in four years, today, it’s roughly one in just over three students do.

Indiana State has also been able to improve the four-year graduation rate for 21st Century students to where it is “almost as high as the graduation rate for the entire student population,” Powers said.

The four-year 21st Century Scholar graduation rate is up 7.3 percentage points to 26.1 percent, roughly two-and-a-half times the percentage increase for the campus as a whole.

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