Cal Poly Pomona has been awarded a $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education for the TRiO student support services program ARCHES (Achievement, Retention, and Commitment to Higher Education Success).
TRiO programs aim to provide academic and support services to low-income, first-generation, or disabled college students to increase retention and graduation rates and foster an institutional climate supportive of their success. The grant will be disbursed over a five-year period at $281,000 annually.
“ARCHES is an invaluable program that is making a difference in the lives of our students, helping them overcome obstacles and achieve their goals,” University President Soraya M. Coley says. “The renewal of this federal grant will help Cal Poly Pomona continue to educate and support a diverse student population.”
Patricia Duran, project director of ARCHES, lauds staff.
“We have an excellent staff that works extremely hard to provide support for students with disabilities,” Duran says. “This award will allow us to continue to see our students reach their educational and personal goals.”
ARCHES, a program under the Disability Resource Center (DRC), was established in 1997 to provide academic support services for students with disabilities. ARCHES currently serves 150 students each year who receive in-depth, comprehensive support services throughout their college career. This includes support for academics, tutoring, financial aid assistance, financial literacy, career preparation and exposure to cultural and community events.
Since its inception, ARCHES has been extraordinarily successful. A four-year average from the previous grant cycle showed that 97 percent of participants remained in good academic standing, 94 percent persisted from one academic year to the next, and 59 percent graduated.
Tracee Passeggi, director of the DRC, is pleased that ARCHES will continue to serve Cal Poly Pomona students.
“Patricia and the ARCHES team have provided tremendous support for hundreds of students with disabilities,” Passeggi says. “Every spring, we celebrate ARCHES graduating seniors and hear stories of what the support means to the students. It is extremely gratifying to see them reach their educational goals, and I am astounded at the barriers many have overcome.”
Through a grant competition, the U.S. Department of Education awarded $270 million to 968 colleges and universities for the 2015-2020 grant cycle. This is the fifth time ARCHES has received this federal grant funding, totaling $5,991,942.