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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 rates.


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