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Bay Path University Awarded $2.25M Federal Grant to Boost Student Success

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Longmeadow, MA - Bay Path University is proud to announce it has been awarded a $2.25 million Title III grant from the U.S. Department of Education through its Strengthening Institutions Program. The U.S. Department of Education Title III – Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP) grant is designed to help higher education institutions expand their capacity to serve at-risk students by providing funds to improve and strengthen the institution’s academic quality, institutional management, and fiscal stability.

According to University officials, the grant will help guide students along their academic pathway leading to the career they envision, align and deliver services holistically to support their success, and integrate new and existing systems and technologies to streamline communications and information-sharing to better serve and support students.

“We are honored to receive this grant,” states Bay Path University President Carol A. Leary. “This funding will allow us to enhance our student-centric, high-touch support, including mentoring and career guidance, and provide us with increased capabilities to use predictive analytics and data to provide timely interventions for the challenges students encounter along their academic journeys.”

Funds awarded through the five-year grant will address three major areas:

  • Guided Pathways. Students will participate in an enhanced process that will integrate academic coursework with intentional career-focused guidance, high impact practices, and adaptive learning through the latest software to adjust to their specific needs and learning styles.
  • Reframed Support. Students will receive a continuum of support to guide them through advising, goal-setting, career exploration, and internships.
  • Integrated Technology. A robust integration of systems along with a new Customer Relations Management system will streamline and facilitate communications, faculty and student interaction, and administrative and support services through a virtual “One-Stop Center.”

Among project outcomes, the “Learning for the 21st Century: Reshaping the Student Experience” initiative is designed to increase persistence, retention, and graduation rates, as well as expand the University’s capacity to educate women as 21st-century learners who graduate well-prepared with the right experience for career success.

This is the second Title III SIP award made to the University. In 2012, Bay Path received a grant for $2 million for the “Learners and Leaders” project.

About Bay Path University

Bay Path University was founded in 1897. With locations in Longmeadow (main), East Longmeadow (Philip H. Ryan Health Science Center), Springfield (MA), Sturbridge (MA), and Concord (MA), Bay Path’s innovative program offerings include traditional undergraduate degrees for women, The American Women's College on-ground and online, the first all-women, all-online accredited bachelor’s degree programs in the country; over 30 master’s and doctoral programs for women and men; and Strategic Alliances, offering professional development courses for individuals and organizations. Bay Path’s goal is to give students confidence in the fundamentals of their chosen field, the curiosity to question the ordinary, the leadership to show initiative, and the desire to make a difference.