DILLARD UNIVERSITY RECEIVES LUMINA FOUNDATION GRANT TO SUPPORT STUDENT SUCCESS PROGRAMS
Written By David Grubb | Communications and Marketing
NEW ORLEANS – Dillard University was recently selected as one of three Historically Black Colleges
and Universities to participate in the Lumina Foundation HBCU Student Success Project.
Howard University and Morgan State University will also participate in the program.
Dillard will receive $666,600 in financial support over the next three years, along
with the support of Lumina and its partners in order to significantly improve student
outcomes, particularly student retention and completion.
“Lumina Foundation is pleased to support Dillard University in its efforts to improve
student outcomes,” said Dr. Danette Howard, Lumina chief strategy officer and senior
vice president. “Dillard University will concentrate over the next three years to
utilize improved student data to not only increase student persistence and completion,
but also to eliminate attainment gaps for first-generation students, those with significant
unmet financial need, and those earning below a 2.0 in their first semester. Dillard
University has developed a comprehensive plan to reach these outcomes. We are very
excited to see the results, and learn from their work.”
Dr. Nia Haydel, Director of the Dillard Academic Center for Excellence, will spearhead the University’s efforts. “We’re very excited to be a part of this cohort of institutions as we work to identify at-risk students and develop effective strategies to guide them to graduation,” she said. “We’ve had the data, now we have the opportunity to convert that data into intervention models that help our faculty and staff serve our students better.”
Ultimately, the project will support Dillard in utilizing data drawn from comprehensive
student analytics to improve academic, financial and social student supports. Dillard
anticipates that this work will improve student retention by five percentage points
within three years, along with significant increase in both on-time and 6-year completion