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ERIC Number: ED501548
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Student Support Services: A Practice Brief Based On BEAMS Project Outcomes
Bridges, Brian K.
Institute for Higher Education Policy
Student support services are critical to student success, especially at campuses that enroll large numbers of academically under-prepared students. These programs assist students in addressing areas of academic deficiency and provide necessary resources to maximize students' intellectual and social capital while in college. Several Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) participating in the Building Engagement and Attainment for Minority Students (BEAMS) project have developed effective student support programs, strategies, and policies that are instructive not only for other MSIs but also for all postsecondary institutions. This practice brief introduces initiatives designed to improve student support services at four institutions: Jackson State University, Kentucky State University, St. Mary's University, and University of New Mexico. The four universities highlighted in this brief illustrate a growing trend on college campuses to create better integration among student support services.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Lumina Foundation for Education, Indianapolis, IN.
Authoring Institution: Institute for Higher Education Policy, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Kentucky; Mississippi; New Mexico; Texas