Eureka College Awarded GEER Grant to Recruit and Retain At-Risk Students
October 15, 2020
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Board of Higher Education announced on Thursday that Eureka College is one of nine colleges and universities to be awarded a grant that will target equity in recruitment and retention.
The $3 million in funding — over $165,000 of which was granted to EC — comes from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund for use in FY 2021.
“As part of our laser focus on equity, IBHE, in conjunction with Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s Office, will use these dollars on research-based programs that target at-risk students,” said Ginger Ostro, executive director, IBHE. “Each of the institutions is demonstrating evidence-based efforts to recruit and retain first-generation, low-income, underrepresented, and rural students.”
The institutions will support the students’ progress toward degree completion by closing digital equity gaps, providing targeted, academic, and social/emotional supports through peer mentoring and other innovating efforts. This includes equipment checkout efforts, enhanced financial and career literacy programs, intensive language instruction, childcare assistance, increased campus food pantry supplies, and telehealth.
Eastern Illinois University - $41,693
Eureka College - $165,424
Governors State University - $456,286
Lewis University - $446,891
Lincoln College - $375,948
National Louis University - $444,094
Northern Illinois University - $456,286
Northeastern Illinois University - $456,286
St. Xavier University - $157,092
Stephanie Bernoteit, deputy executive director, IBHE, said, “This funding originally comes to Illinois from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, and we know from working with colleges and universities across the state that COVID-19 has brought to light many inequities for at-risk students. We are pleased that Illinois could dedicate some of those dollars for programs designed to increase post-secondary attainment for that group of potential and returning students.”
The grant program was open to all Illinois public and private/non-profit institutions of higher education holding accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission.