Expanding Educational Opportunities to Deserving Students
Susquehanna University joined more than 100 colleges and universities in an alliance to substantially expand the number of talented, low- and moderate-income students at America’s undergraduate institutions with the highest graduation rates.
The American Talent Initiative (ATI) brings together a diverse set of public and private institutions united in a shared goal of educating 50,000 additional high-achieving, lower-income students across the country by 2025.
Each participating college and university identifies its own strategies to contribute to the collective goal. Susquehanna will develop action plans to recruit more students from economically diverse backgrounds, ensure that admitted lower-income students enroll and engage in campus life, and minimize gaps in progression and graduation rates between students of differing socioeconomic backgrounds.
“Susquehanna’s history of providing a transformative, world-class education to meritorious students with modest financial resources is a point of pride for me and remains one of our most important aspirations,” says University President Jonathan D. Green. “We are committed to supporting these students socially, academically and financially, from before they arrive on campus to graduation and beyond.”
ATI, which welcomed its first members in December 2016, works with institutions across the country that graduate at least 70 percent of their students in six years—a threshold that just under 300 colleges, including Susquehanna, achieve.
ATI institutions are creating a community of practice where members convene regularly to share best practices and contribute to research that will help other colleges and universities effectively serve lower-income students.
SU in the News
Susquehanna students, faculty and staff continue to make headlines around the country and the world. Here’s a sampling of 2018 stories.
THE BOSTON GLOBE, BBC WORLD NEWS, ABC NEWS + 100 OTHER MEDIA
What’s Facebook Worth to You?
How does a thousand bucks sound? Business school dean and economics professor Matthew Rousu, a co-author of the study, explains the research findings.
TIME, CNN ONLINE, CBS/PHILLY + 220 OTHER MEDIA
We’re on the Lookout for a Honey Thief!
Our tongue-in-cheek story about a bear stealing from the campus beehives, originally reported on WNEP-TV, went viral.
The Higher Education Legacy of Our Presidents—And How to Carry That Forward
An opinion piece by Jonathan D. Green
Why Are So Few Male Students Studying Abroad?
Dean of Global Programs Scott Manning provides perspective through Susquehanna’s GO Program.
THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION
Don’t Stop Inviting Controversial Speakers. Just Prepare Prudently.
The Chronicle of Higher Education showcases Susquehanna as a model for hosting controversial speakers on campus.
E-Cigarettes Don’t Help People Quit Smoking. Here’s What Does.
Co-authored article by Matt Rousu about his e-cigarette research.
HARRISBURG PATRIOT NEWS/PENNLIVE
Opinion pieces by Jonathan D. Green:
- Proposed Cuts in Federal Student Loans Threatens American Dream
- I Deleted My Facebook Account and I’m Glad
- Questioning the Value of a Liberal Arts Degree? Wall St. Isn’t
THE PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
Student Researchers Find Undiscovered Wild Trout
Students sampled 88 stream sites in their ongoing research for the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s Unassessed Waters Initiative.
How Older Widow Spiders Seduce Younger Males—And Eat Them
This story quotes biology professor and arachnologist Matthew Persons.