Student Services Receives Grant to Support Academic Success for Undergraduate Students

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Seton Hall University’s Division of Student Services a grant that will benefit 140 low-income, first-generation, or disabled students pursuing an undergraduate degree.

The proposal, titled Student Support Services Program at Seton Hall, has been approved for a commitment of $1,300,584 over the next five years. This grant, part of the federal TRIO program, is designed to provide a comprehensive plan of support for a variety of student needs ranging from academic coaching, tutoring, mentoring, personal, financial and social support to Professional orientation. The goal of the SSS program is to increase the retention and graduation rates of eligible Seton Hall students.

The SSS Program Team, which consists of a Project Director, Deputy Director, and Program Coordinator, will partner with campus constituencies to provide students with resources and support. The SSS program team will work closely with Disability Support Services to provide students with disabilities with additional support for individual accommodations, including extended time on testing, modifications for testing environments, and resources for note taking. Workshops will also be offered to students on topics related to financial literacy and higher education opportunities.

Dr. Monica Burnette, Associate Vice President of Student Services and Chief of Staff for the Division of Student Services, was thrilled with the news. She is also a Principal Investigator and Key Author for the Student Support Services Grant.

“We are honored and excited to invite 140 Seton Hall students to participate in the SSS program this academic year. The grant will provide opportunities for collaborative partnerships with multiple campus departments. The grant also aligns closely with the strategic plan of the University, which strives to create a top-notch student experience that is fair and consistent, improves student support and retention, and prepares students to become influential global citizens.”

Dean Majid Whitney, Assistant Vice President of Student Services and Senior Associate Dean of Inclusion and Campus Community, believes that,

“The Student Support Services program will allow Seton Hall University to amplify its efforts to provide all students with the resources necessary for a top-notch student experience that ensures success in college and beyond. It’s the perfect complement to SHU’s already impressive lineup of college access programs that serve New Jersey residents, such as Upward Bound, the Educational Opportunities Program, and the Pre-Medical Pre-Medical Program. -dental plus, as it can support SHU students across the country.. Through Student Support Services, students will have access, support, and ultimately opportunities to become agents of change in a global society.

The program will have a physical presence on the South Orange campus on the first floor of Alfieri Hall. If you are a student interested in applying to participate in the SSS program, or a staff member, administrator, faculty, or community member wishing to get involved, please email or complete this form.