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Cerritos College in California received $2.5 million in a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to support its innovative academic success program "iFALCON.".

Cerritos College in California received $2.5 million in a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to support its innovative academic success program "iFALCON." The grant, paid over a five-year period, is to be used for data collection, research, program and website expansions, development of a student support network, and ultimately to institutionalize the experimental iFALCON campaign. The Strengthening Hispanic Serving Institutions Grant was created to help eligible institutions of higher education enhance and expand their capacity to serve Hispanic and low-income students by providing funds to improve and strengthen the academic quality, institutional stability, management, and fiscal capabilities of eligible institutions. According to the study conducted by the Cerritos College Faculty Senate, 93 percent of its students are assessed as lacking basic skills, and almost 40 percent fail to succeed in their coursework. Of the college's Hispanic students, who make up 54 percent of the student body, only 36 percent achieve their stated educational goals. The iFALCON campaign, which was introduced by the Faculty Senate as pilot program last fall, addresses these issues and aims to educate Cerritos College students on how to practice and adopt success-oriented habits. The campaign emphasizes a FALCON acronym to reiterate to students the tools they need to get the most from their education. The FALCON acronym engages students in six habits of academic success: Focus, Advance, Link Up, Comprehend, Organize and New Ideas.
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Title Annotation:grants & gifts
Publication:Community College Week
Date:Oct 19, 2009
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