(Washington, D.C.)-Fourteen corporate sponsors have signed-on to support the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ (AASCU) ‘Re-Imagining the First Year of College’ project, a three-year initiative to develop comprehensive, institutional transformation that redesigns the first year of college and creates sustainable change for student success. Joining alongside the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USA Funds, and 44 AASCU member institutions, the corporate partners will provide both programmatic and financial support for the project.
‘In an era when our institutions face complex challenges serving their students, they increasingly rely on the resources and expertise provided by corporate partners. We are thrilled that many of the nation’s leading higher education companies will be sharing their subject matter expertise and resources with our campuses,’ said George Mehaffy, AASCU’s vice president for academic leadership and change.
The first year of college has emerged as the critical barrier to college success, the point at which colleges experience the greatest loss of students. The RFY project recognizes that no single intervention will solve student performance, and that solutions that fail to reflect the differing needs of a changing student body will not be successful.