GRCC In the News, 1-15-20

John Jay College Uses Predictive Analytics to Boost Graduation Rate

Jan. 14, 2020; Nonprofit Quarterly

NPQ has reported before on what colleges are doing to help students graduate, as in the example of California’s public institutions of higher learning and their all-out focus on raising graduation rates. On the east coast, the John Jay College for Criminal Justice, part of the City University of New York, started its completion program with analytics and moved to a model that John Jay associate provost Dana Byrne calls “wildly intrusive.”

… That figure of $300 has come up before. At California’s San Jose State, small emergency grants around that size can get students through to the end of the semester. Even community colleges are stepping in; for instance, Grand Rapids Community College makes $500 available for full-time students.

State Briefs

Jan. 14, 2020; Grand Haven Tribune

Grand Rapids graduates get free tuition at community college

GRAND RAPIDS (AP) — Graduates of Grand Rapids high schools can attend a local community college for free under a plan announced Monday.

The Grand Rapids Promise Zone scholarship covers tuition at Grand Rapids Community College. Students qualify for a full scholarship if they live in the city and attend a local high school for at least three years. A student who lives in Grand Rapids and spends two years at a high school would get a 50 percent scholarship.

Michigan college enrollment numbers on a steady decline over past five years

Jan. 14, 2020; WGVU

Michigan Has the 4th Highest drop in College enrollment in the nation. That’s according to a recent report from the National Student Clearing Research Center.  The study found that in 2019, Michigan saw a decrease of roughly 17,000 student enrolling in higher education, while the Nationwide enrollment declined by 1.7%—translating to around 300,000 students.

… Dave Murray, Grand Rapids Community College Communication Director, agrees.

‘It might spark a desire to want to change something’

Jan. 14, 2020; (Kent Intermediate School District)

After Jalen Finn read an article about how much less economic investment Grand Rapids’ Third Ward was receiving than other wards, he mentioned it to Rodney Brown, principal of Grand Rapids Learning Center at Grand Rapids Community College.

Reserve a table for Involvement Day

All registered student organizations, pending new student organizations, and departments are invited to participate in the Winter 2020 Involvement Day. Keep in mind each organization will receive one table and two chairs during the event.

Join us this year for Winter Involvement Day, taking place on Wednesday, January 22, from 7:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. (6:30 p.m. set-up time) in Ford Fieldhouse. For any questions or concerns please contact Jocelyn Medina via email:

You can sign up for the event online.

Winter 2020 web updates

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