In recognition of the City Colleges of Chicago’s ongoing efforts to ensure students in need of remedial coursework advance to and complete their programs, the U.S. Department of Education has awarded Wilbur Wright College a five-year $3.25 million grant for Hispanic-serving higher education institutions. The first year of funding, which begins in October 2012, totals $649,900.
The grant will enable Wright College to improve student performance and retention by strengthening a Bilingual Writing Center to increase students’ English fluency, redesigning math courses to move students more quickly through remediation, and supporting at-risk students with individualized education plans. Among other things, the grant will also help the college conduct outreach to high schools and parents so students are better prepared for college-level courses, and work with four-year colleges to better support students transferring into bachelor degree programs. Full article at Chicago-Latino