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New England College Receives Davis Educational Foundation Grant to Support Student Success

First year programs and services to be improved to enhance retention and graduation.

New England College has received a $76,400 grant from the Davis Educational Foundation to support a Campus-Wide Collaboration for Student Success. The Davis Educational Foundation was established by Stanton and Elisabeth Davis after Mr. Davis’s retirement as chairman of Shaw’s Supermarkets, Inc.

“New England College is deeply committed to improving our first year programs and services for our students in an effort to improve both retention and graduation rates at the College,” said New England College President Michele Perkins. “This important funding will assist the College in implementing needed technologies for degree mapping, advising and student tracking. Additionally, the grant will support critical professional development for faculty and staff on the First Year Experience.” 

Dr. Wayne F. Lesperance, Jr., Dean of Undergraduate Programs, will serve as the project director. “New England College intends to expand its capacity to meet students where they are and to support them all the way to graduation.” Lesperance said. “We have experienced significant increases in our demographic and socioeconomic diversity among the undergraduate residential student population in recent years. Serving all our students and ensuring their academic success is a priority for everyone here at New England College. This growth of diversity on campus translates into a vibrant community with more variety of interests, activities, and better reflects the wider world our students will soon experience. In serving a more diverse student body we must do more to ensure all students are receiving the support they need to succeed.”

Through this generous grant the Davis Educational Foundation and New England College will collaborate on shared goals to ensure the success of each and every student, including increased retention and degree completion. The project will begin to address the need to improve the structure and support for first-year students, the philosophy and practice of teaching this segment of the broader student body, and the breadth and continuity of student services throughout the college experience in order to increase student success.

“Funding from the Davis Educational Foundation will provide critical professional development opportunities for key staff members,” said Vice President of Academic Affairs Matt Wood. “It is expected that the knowledge, skills, and contacts developed as a result of conference attendance and participation will be brought back to campus for a series of professional development workshops for all colleagues involving enrollment, onboarding, orientation, and first year curriculum.”

The grant will provide initial funding for the Campus-Wide Collaboration for Student Success project and development of an implementation plan by the spring of 2018.