The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded an $800,000 grant to Wabash College to improve retention and graduation rates. The grant also has a special emphasis on students historically disadvantaged in higher education.

The grant will expand on programs developed in a prior Mellon grant, which established the Wabash Liberal Arts Immersion Program. “We are exceptionally proud to again benefit from the generosity of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop pedagogical practices and programs that will support all Wabash students, and especially those young men who have traditionally struggled to graduate on time at colleges and universities all across the country,” said Wabash President Gregory D. Hess.

The grant allows students to be trained as peer-mentors, who will then team with faculty to create a Student Success Leadership Team to support all students. The college will also invest in faculty development to transform its academic advising system. The work on Developing Student Success Leaders has already begun, but will formally start with a new cohort of Wabash first-year students on July 1.

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