Program will leverage technology to enhance learning outcomes
OAKLAND, CA – A new Strengthening Institutions Grant of approximately $3 million from the U.S. Department of Education will help Holy Names University (HNU) improve its ability to support first-generation and low-income students from recruitment through graduation. These student populations are important members of the HNU community: 41% of all undergraduates are first-generation college students and 53% have been awarded Pell Grants.
“This grant brings access to technology that meets the needs of diverse learners along with the chance to broaden our impact as an institution,” says interim president Michael Groener. “Every student is important here, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to further prepare each of them for success while they’re on campus and throughout their careers.”
The program, entitled “Creating a Technology-Rich Teaching and Learning Environment and Retention Support Programs” aims to meet the diverse needs of HNU’s campus community. The institution will invest in innovative technologies that enhance the HNU learning experience and develop the technical competence of its faculty, staff, and students. Leveraging data, the University will select appropriate support resources so that it may prepare its students to be engaged, life-long learners in a rapidly changing and technologically advancing world. To achieve success, HNU will implement a four-part plan:
- Train faculty and staff in the development and piloting of online distance-learning and learner-centered technological pedagogical strategies.
- Strengthen the campus’s technology infrastructure to accommodate increased internet usage and to improve classroom technology.
- Collaborate with the Carnegie Math Pathways network to redesign HNU’s Developmental Math curricula so as to increase student success in fulfilling developmental math requirements and advancing into college-level courses.
- Create an Academic Retention Support Center to offer Faculty Coaching of at-risk sophomores and juniors and course coaching of students in gateway college level math or courses with math prerequisites to increase student retention and academic achievement.
Awarded over a five-year period, the first installment of the $2,994,357 grant was awarded October 1, 2018 and covers a one-year period. The subsequent four disbursements will be awarded annually in October and cover a one-year period, with the final award disbursed on Oct. 1, 2022.
Celebrating 150 years in Oakland! Holy Names University (HNU) has been empowering and preparing a diverse student body for productive lives of leadership and service since 1868. Rooted in Catholic intellectual and spiritual traditions, the University was founded by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. HNU offers a liberal arts and professional education through 15 undergraduate majors and seven master’s degree programs. Student-centered, with small class sizes and courses in varied formats and schedules, HNU meets the needs of all learners, including first-generation students and working adults. Nestled in the Oakland hills of California, the University’s idyllic, 60-acre campus offers panoramic views of San Francisco Bay.