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Results, Testimonials, and Recognition
Excerpts from the Year 1 and Year 2 Evaluation Reports by Dr. Mimi Mumm, PhD, LICSW:
- In Year 2, a total of 5416 contacts were made between the Scholars and the Navigators. Navigators made 300 referrals to both on campus and off-campus supports and services.
- There were 249 active Scholars in Year 2. This is a sizable jump from the first program year of 161 Scholars.
- The retention rate of L4L Scholars who entered in fall 2013 as full-time, first-time freshmen is 86%, which is 7.6 percentage points higher than the retention rate of the general RIC population (78.6%). “Based on the Year 2 program evaluation in 2014, the success rate for Black/African-American Scholars was 9.6% (graduated or retained) better than their non-scholar peers; Hispanic scholars fared 5.8% higher” (Mumm, 2015).
“Hello! I just want to let you know that, after yesterday’s meeting, I felt so good about the way all of you have responded to my concern, and how grateful I'm knowing that there are people who care about students’ rights one campus. I feel very positive and believe that great things will come out of all of this. Thank you to everyone who made me feel welcome yesterday.”
“I am sincerely thankful for the Thanksgiving basket I have received. My family and I had a great time full of joyful meals. Additionally, I had the opportunity to share some of the food with friends who needed it. Hope one day to pass along this tradition to the next generation of students at Rhode Island College. Thank you again for your thoughtful and generous gift.”
– L4L Scholar
“Thank you so much for creating a place that I can "hang" and talk about issues and learn techniques that will help manage the added stress, juggling school, hopefully work and doctor appointments!!!”
– L4L Scholar
“I am typing on my new computer today that I bought from the Good-Will store. I used the gift money from L4L to purchase it. Thank you... and now as soon as classes are over, I will get the computer ready with all of the technology that I need for next year. I sure feel blessed. (My Navigator) helped me see how beneficial the technology is to aide me in my college classes. I am thankful for everything!"– L4L Scholar
“When you start to get involved with L4L other opportunities become revealed. Connections in Disability Services, Counseling Center, Health Services…Career Services…and what connections they may know once you visit…each of these services target different areas and encourage new connections.”– L4L Scholar
“The Learning for Life program at the Rhode Island College Unity Center helped me at a critical point in my life. I had little money, was hungry, and was unable to pay my rent. Thanks to the kind and understanding staff at the center, I was granted the Extraordinary Needs Fund, which enabled me to pay my rent. I was also given money so I was able to eat. I cannot thank the Unity Center and the Learning for Life staff enough for their help and compassion at such a critical time in my life.”– L4L Scholar
“Being a PI on the L4L grant is a privilege and an honor. Learning for Life has become one of the most important resources at Rhode Island College. It has helped many students connect to support services that will allow the students to remain in school and concentrate on their academic work.”– Co-PIs of Learning for Life
"...the organization for Learning for Life, gives students a sense of security and gives them strength in order to be the kind of college students they want to be."– Stakeholder Interview
"Learning for Life (sees) the big picture for a student and advocates to change systems when needed that inhibit graduation and academic success"– Stakeholder Interview
"(The Navigators) are really helpful because again, the struggles a student may experience in a classroom may or may not be academic”– Stakeholder Interview
"(The Navigators) helping build the bridges over which the Scholars can walk… they're getting people to advising, ... getting people to join clubs and organizations, ... getting people to utilize teaching, um, tutoring. If [it's] getting people to talk to the Dean of Students about problems before the conversation is about withdrawing "– Stakeholder Interview
"...having a navigator to work one-on-one to say, “help me write this email to my professor just so I know how to do it next time”… that structure allows students to learn how to work the system of college…"– Stakeholder Interview
Awards and Recognition
- Selected for the Innovations Exchange, 2015, American Association of State Colleges and Universities
- Noted as a “Sample Element of Success” for “targeted outreach, flexible, student-centered practices, integrated services, meaningful connections”
- Minding the Gap: Increasing Postsecondary Persistence in Rhode Island, 2/13/15 by the Providence Children and Youth Cabinet and the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University
- Third Annual College Access Award, June 2, 2014, College Visions
- Community Partner Award, November 20, 2014, Goodwill Industries of Rhode Island
- Learning for Life was noted as “hot and rising” by Dan Lawlor from GoLocalProv! “Thanks to Rhode Island College for taking steps to help more students grow and graduate! “ See the full story.