Faculty at the college in Yellow Springs in southwest Ohio will evaluate how to create bridging programs that will assist students’ transition to post-high school education and help faculty members work with them

Only 30 percent of low-income students enroll in educational programs after high school and as little as 9 percent complete their college degree in the first six years, according to the college.

“A lot of students who don’t make it in college, it’s because the first couple of months on campus don’t work for them,” said Antioch’s president, Mark Roosevelt. “How can we learn from the research what it is that isn’t working and ensure that as few of our students will have those experiences?”

Antioch officials say they will use a $100,000 grant to create more detailed plans this summer and hope to complete those plans over the next year.

The school’s president says the new initiative is a formalized framework of thinking on how to connect with students who are the most difficult to reach.

“About half of our students are Pell Grant eligible. Many are first generation college-goers,” Roosevelt said. “That’s the coming population of college-goers.”

About 246 students were enrolled at Antioch as of January.

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