Millennia Consulting’s David Steven Rappoport assisted the University of Maine at Augusta (UMA) in obtaining federal funds from the Department of Education’s Strengthening Institutions program. The purpose of these funds is to help institutions of higher education become self-sufficient and expand their capacity to serve low-income students by providing funds to improve and strengthen the academic quality, institutional management, and fiscal stability of eligible institutions.
“We are both humbled and grateful that the Department of Education is able support UMA’s efforts to strengthen our student support services to meet the needs of Mainers,” said UMA President James Conneely.
“The funding will focus on enhancing new student on-boarding processes, helping students build stronger connections to their academic majors, embedding student support in classes, and making student support services available through mobile devices,” he added.
As with most major grant efforts, this successful application involved the combined efforts of many dedicated UMA staff members and departments. It is anticipated that the initial $395,890 award will be renewable for 5 years for a total grant of up to $1,682,568.
The funding will reside in UMA’s Office of the Dean of Students and is expected to create two new staff positions to help support the student success initiatives.