AACC_MinMaleRetProgs: Goodwin College - Men of Vision in Education

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Goodwin College - Men of Vision in Education 


Aaron Isaacs 

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Program Director MOVE 


Goodwin College  


1 Riverside Dr  

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East Hartford 








860 727 6946 

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Program Description

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.

Program Services

Cohort Study Sessions; Service/Community Learning Opportunities; Leadership and Professional Development 

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Program Initiated

In 2008 Goodwin College initiated MOVE, an innovative program supported by a 3 year $300,000 grant from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

Program Funded

After the completion of the 3 year grant, Goodwin College institutionalized the MOVE program and now funds it on an annual basis.

College President and Administrators Involvement

The President and administrators have supported the program by securing funding, Board of Trustee support, community support, and corporate donations.

Program Success Story

Last year 2011 MOVE graduated its first students (11); ten of which successfully matriculated into four year institutions. Based on student feedback, they found the program to have made a difference in their lives and gave them an opportunity to further their education.
Created at 3/22/2012 2:34 PM  by System Account 
Last modified at 5/8/2012 2:58 PM  by KEVIN CHRISTIAN 
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