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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