RAM Program FAQ
CCSU, along with Kean University, SUNY College at Old Westbury, Bowie State University (MD) were asked by Farmingdale State College to partner with them after they received the First in the World (FITW) U.S. Department of Education grant. The name of the grant stems from the USA’s aim to regain its former position as the leader in producing students with baccalaureate degrees. In 1995 we were 1st, and as of 2014, we have fallen to 19th place.
The goal is to improve the 4-year graduation rates by 20% over each college’s baseline for both incoming first-year students and transfer students. This is a phenomenal opportunity for students to receive additional resources and support to navigate through their college experience. CCSU students will receive first-year, second-year, and junior-year experience courses; a collaborative learning workshops that is attached to a required English course; and a faculty member who will serve as an additional counselor serve as a mentor and to expose students to research experiences off-campus in national laboratories, research universities, business accelerators, and other research venues as they enter their junior year. There will also, be a professional staff person on campus to connect them to support and resources on campus. Other activities such as special events with speaker, group exercises, and conferences will be offered.
The grant targets students who are at risk for not persisting in and completing post-secondary programs, including adult learners, working students, low-income backgrounds, students of color, students with disabilities, and first-generation students. Student are randomly selected. Eighty first year and twenty transfer students will be selected each year for the next three years.