The Men of Vision in Education (MOVE)utilizes best practices to attract and retain low-income, first-generation minority males in college. The men are recent high-school graduates or GED recipients. The project enrolls 25 men each year, of which 75 percent are men of color and 25 percent are eligible by barriers to education, but not by ethnic or racial identity. For example, first-generation-college students, low-income, interaction with the criminal justice system, or having been in foster care.
The MOVE program selects students from a Summer Bridge Academy which provides testing, remediation, and college level course work to high school graduates to better prepare them for college. The program is free to all students whether they attend Goodwin College or not. Through institutional grants, students selected to enroll in the MOVE program are provided with free books, reduced tuition, work study opportunities, community service, counseling, and academic support.
The participants in MOVE are called “Fellows,” because a major factor in the college success of this population is that they feel that they belong to a fellowship, that others share their challenges, and that they can help each other succeed. The program is intended to retain and graduate students at the Associate and Baccalaureate level at Goodwin College or transfer to other institutions of higher education after receiving their degree from Goodwin College.