George Mason University joins national effort to improve graduation rate of low-income students

Posted: August 7, 2019
Virginia Secretary of Education Atif Qarni speaks during a launch event for the ADVANCE partnership between George Mason and Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Lathan Goumas/Strategic Communications

by Mary Lee Clark

George Mason University has joined the American Talent Initiative, a collaboration of the nation’s top 120 four-year institutions with a shared goal of enrolling, supporting and graduating 50,000 additional talented, lower-income students across high-graduation rate colleges and universities by 2025.

The initiative is a collaboration with the Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program, Ithaka S+R and multiple colleges and universities with support from Bloomberg Philanthropies. All institutions in the initiative must already have a 70 percent graduation rate for their students within six years.

Mason is already on an upward trend of graduating low-income students; Mason Pell Grant recipients graduate at nearly the same level as non-Pell grant recipients. Through programs like ADVANCE and the Early Identification Program, low-income students receive the assistance they need early on.

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