CU Receives Minority Retention Program Grant

by Public Relations Office

Cedarville, Ohio—Cedarville University is one of eight Ohio campuses to receive an Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges (OFIC) Best Practices in Minority Retention Program grant for the 2004-05 academic year. The grant is worth more than $8,000. Grant recipients were selected based on their proposals to 1) replicate a practice that has been proven to increase minority retention, or 2) implement a new, creative approach to retention. Cedarville`s project focuses on the latter by building a multicultural freshman learning community to foster a sense of partnership and belonging. Approximately 20 first-year students, both Caucasian and non-Caucasian, have been selected to form two groups. The students in each section take the same two or three classes together their first year and are instructed by five faculty mentors. The groups also meet outside of class every other week for group-building activities. "The hope is that if they feel a sense of community at CU very early in their college career, they will come back," said Dr. Susan Warner, associate professor of sociology and the project`s program director. Warner will share the project results, as well as lessons learned, at OFIC`s Spring Forum in May 2005. For more information about the Cedarville program, contact Warner at 937-766-7632 or -30-