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SHSU Joins Study To Advance Student Completion Efforts

SHSU Media Contact: Emily Binetti

shsu students in cap and gownSam Houston State University has been selected to join a study to advance student completion efforts and increase equitable outcomes for typically underserved populations.

SHSU, along with 25 other institutions that enroll a high percentage of underserved students, will participate to identify financial models that increase equitable outcomes. The goal is to establish processes that other institutions can leverage.

“We are excited to participate in this study, because it represents so much of who we are at SHSU,” said Amanda Withers, assistant vice president for finance and controller. “It allows us to promote equitable outcomes for students, strengthen and support successful programs on our campus, and provide pathways for future opportunities, while collaborating with peers across campus and with other institutions across the nation.”

The collaboration is an example of SHSU’s commitment to equity in higher education and prioritizing support for all students.

“Through the work of this grant, we hope to strengthen the planning and evaluation processes for such programs, ensuring that successful programs are allocated the necessary resources to scale and continue to flourish, and new programs are identified and implemented in response to the changing needs of our students” said Michael T. Stephenson, provost & senior vice president for academic affairs.

The National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) will conduct the study through a three-year, $3.8 million grant from Ascendium Education Group. Additional support from the College Futures Foundation of California and Texas’ Trellis Foundation will enable NACUBO to expand the reach of the project.

With support from NACUBO subject matter experts and higher education leaders, participating schools will assess needs and barriers, revise approaches to strategic financing, and build scalable tools.

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