2008
Benedictine recognized for supporting low-income, minority students

Benedictine recognized for supporting low-income, minority students
October 14, 2008

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

Benedictine University has been selected for inclusion in the inaugural College Access & Opportunity Guide in acknowledgement of its outstanding efforts to serve and support students from first-generation, low-income and otherwise underserved backgrounds. The Guide, produced by Center for Student Opportunity, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports the higher education aspirations of underserved college-bound students, credits Benedictine University for its partnership with St. Ethelreda grammar school on the South Side of Chicago. The partnership seeks to enhance the students’ math and science skills and encourage them to pursue education as a career. “Benedictine University seeks to serve students from all social, racial and economic backgrounds and help them reach their full potential,” said Kari Gibbons, associate vice president of Enrollment at Benedictine University. “The College Access & Opportunity Guide is the kind of information families and prospective students need to know when considering which college is right for them.” More than 225 colleges and universities nationwide are featured in the guide. They were selected for inclusion by a national independent advisory committee comprised of college presidents and chief administrators, college access and community-based organization leaders, and higher education association officials. Each is profiled in light of the programs and opportunities it presents for first-generation, low-income, and minority college-bound students in three categories: • Access – Community outreach initiatives serving pre-college students with academic enrichment, mentoring, college preparation, and college guidance. • Opportunity – Financial assistance (scholarships, financial aid incentives), informational (open houses, fly-in programs) and acceptance (conditional admissions) programs. • Success – Academic assistance, student support services and retention initiatives geared to help students persist to graduation. “Increasingly, colleges and universities are placing an emphasis on outreach initiatives, financial aid programs, and student support services. Yet students, their families, and even counselors and community leaders are not always fully aware of the array of the college opportunity that exists for them,” said Matt Rubinoff, Executive Director of Center for Student Opportunity. “The College Access & Opportunity Guide fills this void by providing students with guidance through the college process and delivering easy-to-read information on strong college programs aimed to serve students like them,” he added.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.