Grant for New Approaches to First-Year Achievement
UW-Green Bay has received a grant award of $161,504 for the “Phoenix GPS (Gateways to Phirst-Year Success) Program” from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation. Denise Bartell, associate professor of Human Development, wrote the proposal in her capacity as director of UW-Green Bay’s Students in Transition Center, and in collaboration with Michael Stearney, dean of enrollment services. Phoenix GPS builds on promising retention strategies used in FOCUS, first-year seminars, the TOSS (Targeted Opportunities for Student Success in Science) program and related initiatives. The new program creates a year-long support community for a group of 125 first-year students, placing them into small groups of 25, each with a faculty mentor, a peer mentor, and an academic adviser. Over the course of the year, students will complete a first year seminar course, participate in TOSS study sessions, partcipate in student success workshops, engage in co-curricular and social activities, consult regularly with faculty mentors and academic advisors, and complete a service learning project.