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DaimlerChrysler Minority Retention grant awarded to Olivet College
Feb 07, 2007

OLIVET, Mich. Olivet College recently received a $10,000 grant from DaimlerChrysler to implement an academic advising and counseling program. Entitled the Early Warning System, the program is for freshman or transfer minority students who may be deemed at-risk due to their high school grade point average and SAT/ACT scores.

The program involves early identification of at-risk students to inform them about the support services available at the colleges Comet Learning and Student Success (C.L.A.S.S.) Center. The early warning system also involves having students meet every two weeks with an academic counselor to review their academic progress and sending progress reports to their course instructors.

The system was implemented in 2005 with the help of a DaimlerChrysler grant to help identify and support at-risk minority students who were new to Olivet. Due to its success, Olivet has institutionalized the program and it has been extended to all at-risk and probationary students.

The grant was coordinated by the Michigan Colleges Foundation (MCF). The MCF was incorporated in 1949 to solicit financial support from the private sector on behalf of independent, four-year, liberal arts colleges in Michigan. Each of the 14 participating institutions are accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.

For more information, call (269) 749-6649.


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