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 BIPOC students.
The Supporting Inclusive Success initiative 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, making Pacific the first university in Oregon to be designated an AANAPISI by the federal education agency.
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 summer financial counseling and Voyages, student support courses, implementing four-year STEM career advising, and developing more inclusive curriculum practices.
Shpresa Halimi PhD | Grant Director
Jeane Canon | Budget Manager