Supporting Inclusive Success Initiative
Pacific University is embarking on a concerted effort to improve retention, promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, and provide tailored academic support to undergraduate students, especially first-generation, low-income and minority students.
The coordinated initiative, called Supporting Inclusive Success, is funded by a $1.2 million, five-year Title III grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) program. The Pacific program aims to close equity gaps in academic performance, retention rates, and six-year graduation rates for underrepresented students.
Pacific will support inclusive student success by introducing tailored support prior to enrollment including pre-matriculation financial advising and Summer Bridge Voyages, enhancing first-year development of academic and financial strengths, implementing four-year STEM career advising, and developing more inclusive curriculum practices.
Pacific is the first university in Oregon to be designated an AANAPISI by the federal education agency, after it applied for the designation for the 2017-2018 academic year. It has applied for the designation each year since and received its first grant under the program in the 2020-2021 academic year.