MacArthur Foundation ‘Genius Grant’ recipients 2011

The following 22 fellows each will receive $500,000 over the next five years from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Associated Press reports:

-Jad Abumrad, 38, New York. Radio co-host and producer of the nationally syndicated WNYC program “Radiolab.”

-Marie-Therese Connolly, 54, Washington, D.C. Lawyer who works to combat physical and psychological elder abuse and mistreatment, and elder financial exploitation.…Read More

Hybrid approach drives retention success

Freshmen retention rose during the program’s first year.

In 2007, when California Lutheran University (CLU) campus leaders noticed a drop in freshman return rates, they charged me with serving as CLU’s retention champion. As the first director of retention, I felt a responsibility to develop a retention program that would uphold the university’s commitment to inclusive inquiry.

Although CLU first used the “r” word on campus in 2007, I would argue that the university’s retention efforts have been underway for decades, if not centuries. Part of a 500-year-old tradition of Lutheran education, CLU encourages critical inquiry from its entire population, including students, faculty, and staff. This culture fosters critical thinking and exploration.

With roughly 3,700 students enrolled at CLU – 2,200 undergraduate and 1,500 graduate – I recognized the need for a comprehensive retention program that would capture student needs and challenges across the entire campus to keep them all on the road to graduation.…Read More