CCC, NAU presidents form initiative for student success

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- Two higher education leaders who set the standard for community college and university collaboration took another significant step today to support student success.  

Coconino Community College President Leah Bornstein and Northern Arizona University President John Haeger proudly introduced the CCC2NAU President's Scholarship, a fund that will support students who attend both institutions on their path toward earning a bachelor's degree.

"The scholarship and the CCC2NAU program are about ensuring student success, and the collaboration of our two institutions are making that a reality," said Bornstein. "By working together we are better guiding students toward completion. Ultimately, our success is their success."

Each president has pledged a personal investment of $20,000 toward the endowed scholarships that will support its first student at CCC this fall. The goal is to increase the endowment with matching donations from future leaders of both institutions.

"The partnership between Northern Arizona University and Coconino Community College has proven that universities and community colleges do not have to see themselves as competitors," Haeger said. "Dr. Bornstein and I are focused on student success at all levels. This scholarship affirms our shared belief that it is paramount to focus on getting students to the finish line of their degree path." 
 
The CCC2NAU program began in 2008 with 15 students. It was established as a joint admission process to help ease a student's transition from community college to university enrollment. Along with automatic enrollment at NAU, CCC's participating students meet regularly with a dedicated adviser to help them plan and navigate their degree path. This past fall 219 new students were accepted into the program, which has served more than 700 students since its inception.

CCC2NAU recently received the 2012 Outstanding Institutional Advising Program Award from the National Academic Advising Association. The award-winning program has served as a blueprint for collaboration between higher education institutions throughout Arizona and a national model for transition programs that boost student success. The program has led to 16 more 2NAU partnerships with community colleges around Arizona, which currently serves 1,900 students.

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Thursday, 3rd May 2012
 
 

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