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Minority Advancement Program

 

The Minority Advancement Program (MAP) seeks to expand diversity among Connecticut college students and graduates. Since its creation in state statute in 1983, MAP has significantly helped Connecticut colleges and universities recruit and enroll more minority students. Numbering 31,654 of Connecticut’s public college student body, minority students now account for nearly 32 percent of public college and university enrollments compared to 20.6 percent 10 years ago, and 26.7 percent in Connecticut’s state population (based on the 2010 Census).

 

Recently, MAP’s focus has turned to student retention and graduation where minorities continue to lag behind. For 2009-10, public colleges and universities awarded just 2,907 degrees to minority undergraduates or 20 percent of the total, reinforcing the critical need for college awareness and readiness programs such as those supported by MAP.

 

Connecticut Collegiate Awareness and Preparation Program (ConnCAP)

 

ConnCAP is a competitive grant program that encourages all Connecticut colleges and universities to create pre-college programs for students from low-income and potentially first (college) generation families.

 

The ConnCAP Program has two goals. The first is to generate the skills and motivation necessary among underrepresented students to graduate from high school, and enter and succeed in postsecondary education. The secondary is to build the capacity of institutions of higher education to advance college access and success of underrepresented minority students. Seven programs are funded for 2011-2012:

 

• Central Connecticut State University, serving 125 students

• Naugatuck Valley Community College, serving 105 students

• Southern Connecticut State University, serving 110 students

• University of Bridgeport, serving 50 students

• University of Connecticut Health Center, serving 100 students

• University of Connecticut, Storrs, serving 50 students

• Western Connecticut State University, serving 120 students

 

Community College Scholars (CCS)

 

CCS supports strategic initiatives to strengthen the retention and graduation rate of underrepresented college students. CCS does so by awarding grants, on a competitive basis, to Connecticut’s community colleges. Seven programs are funded 2011-2012:

 

• Capital Community College, serving 80 matriculating students

• Housatonic Community College, serving 77 matriculating students

• Manchester Community College, serving 60 matriculating students

• Naugatuck Valley Community College, serving 80 matriculating students

• Norwalk Community College, serving 50 matriculating students

• Quinebaug Valley Community College, serving 50 matriculating students

• Three Rivers Community College, serving 77 matriculating students

 

University Success Program (USP)

 

USP is similar in purpose to the CCS program; its focus, however, is on 4-year public institutions. Four programs are funded for 2011-2012:

 

• Central Connecticut State University, serving 60 matriculating students

• Eastern Connecticut State University, serving 65 matriculating students

• Southern Connecticut State University, serving 25 matriculating students

• University of Connecticut, Storrs, serving 25 matriculating students

 

Contact

Jacqueline Johnson, Director, Division of Programs and Student Services, Connecticut Commission on Community Service

Phone: (860)947-1828

Fax: (860)947-1310

Email: jjohnson@ctohe.org

 

 

 



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