Lake Superior State University received a $1.67 million Title III Grant from the U.S. Department of Education through its Strengthening Institutions Program. The five-year grant, called “Supported and Integrated Learning,” focuses on initiatives to improve student success, student retention, and student support services for first-generation and other at-risk populations at LSSU.
“This grant is designed to help Lake State fulfill its vision statement all the more to provide innovation-driven, transformative education and to identify potential, enable success, and drive social mobility for our students,” said LSSU Dr. Rodney S. Hanley. “The grant adds more tools to equip them with the knowledge, skills, and fortitude to craft a life of meaningful employment and personal fulfillment within an inclusive atmosphere, as indicated in our mission statement.”
The grant, whose basis stemmed from a strategic plan devised by a committee of faculty and staff, will allow LSSU to expand tutoring, supplemental instruction, counseling, and coaching. The grant further will underwrite the hiring of several additional staff positions and supplemental faculty positions, the latter to bolster undergraduate research and internship opportunities.
“Through this grant, we will increase mightily our many ways to reinforce for these students our first priority and utmost core value: excellence in teaching and learning,” said Provost Dr. Lynn Gillette.