UC Riverside and Riverside City College Leaders Urge National Higher Education Leaders to Invest in Universities’ Success

UCR Provost D’Anieri joins RCC President Isaac at Washington, D.C., Summit on Success in Higher Education for Students from Low-income Families

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Paul D’Anieri Photo by Carrie Rosema

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — University of California, Riverside Provost Paul D’Anieri and Riverside City College (RCC) President Wolde-Ab Isaac today urged national higher education leaders to look to institutions such as UC Riverside and RCC for ways to bring success to students whose families are economically disadvantaged.

The occasion was a special U.S. Department of Education Summit in Washington, D.C., that brought together college presidents, trustees and campus leaders from across the nation.

“The greater Riverside community has received wide recognition for student outcomes, with a recent study highlighting the area as eighth in the nation in retaining college graduates among its population,” said D’Anieri. The study, released March 15 from The Atlantic magazine’s “City Lab,” analyzed Brookings Institution data.

“There is a vibrant sense of cooperation among different higher education institutions in the Inland Empire, and dedicated work by our faculty and staff members to ensure success by our students,” D’Anieri added.

UCR freshman six-year graduation rates, average for the 2004 to 2008 entering class.

UCR freshman six-year graduation rates, average for the 2004 to 2008 entering class.

In addition, D’Anieri pointed to several student success programs developed at UC Riverside that have created an environment in which students from all backgrounds — including income status, ethnicity, and gender – graduate at essentially the same rate.

U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. added, “For students from low- and moderate-income families, a college degree is the surest path to the middle class in our country. I applaud the colleges and universities that have taken measurable steps to open up this pathway and make it a successful one for students from all backgrounds. But, we need these types of efforts to become the rule and not the exception.”

Both UCR and RCC enroll a large percentage of economically disadvantaged students. At UCR almost 60 percent of undergraduate students are eligible for Pell Grants, which indicates an annual family income of less than $50,000 — with most Pell Grants going to students whose families earn less than $20,000.

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