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Now more than ever, colleges across the United States are diversifying with students who have historically been left out of higher education. They are the “New Majority,” commonly known as first-generation, low-income college students. They often come from a working-class background. And they often are Latino/a, African American, Native American, Pacific Islander or another minority.
New Majority students are eager and smart—seemingly college-ready—but their socio-cultural background often puts them at an extreme disadvantage in an educational environment that is predominately white, middle class and professional.
Change the way we deliver higher education while maintaining high academic standards, and we can change student outcomes. That is precisely what Sr. Kathleen Ross discovered when she started Heritage University 40 years ago, and it is the principle behind The Ross Institute for Student Success.
I knew I wanted to go to college and that I was capable, but I could not visualize myself there. I knew it took a lot of work and that it went against the cultural norms of my extended family. I thought, ‘I’m a girl. I don’t belong there. I can’t major in math.’ At Heritage, I went from being a little girl who did not believe she was ever going to college, to a confident young woman, aspiring to earn a Ph.D. and become a professor in mathematics, and the belief and confidence that I WILL accomplish it!
After high school, I enrolled at a community college. My experiences there reinforced my belief that college was for other people, not someone like me. I never felt like I fit in. I felt like I was a number. I didn’t even know the questions to ask to get the information I needed to be successful. I was very close to completely giving up on my dream and dropping out of college for good. It was a completely different experience when I transferred to Heritage. There, I felt like I was important and worthy of an education. They believed in me, even when I had a hard time believing in myself.
In her book, BREAKTHROUGH STRATEGIES, Dr. Ross synthesized findings into four categories of experiences essential to the success of New Majority college students: Engagement, Belonging, Confidence and Vision. Following are her proven classroom-based practices that transform higher education.
Join us in the campaign for The Ross Institute
Please join us in helping New Majority students through the formation of an endowed, nationally-recognized research institute at Heritage University. Your gift will move us even closer to raising the critical funds needed to expand this important work. Your support will transform the education and lives of New Majority college students for generations.
Your investment will help:
If you would like to learn more about The Ross Institute or alternative ways to support this campaign, please contact the Office of Advancement.