ODU Awarded College Success Grant from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation

Great Lakes Grant


Columbus, OH – Ohio Dominican University (ODU) received a $110,900 College Success grant from the Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation for the 2014-15 academic year. 

The grant provides ODU additional resources to identify at-risk students early in their collegiate careers, and connect them with services to help them stay in school and complete their certificates or degrees. These resources include an Early Alert Coordinator who will help at-risk students utilize academic resources; expanded tutoring hours available for students; and a database developer that will allow University staff to better collect and analyze data concerning first-year student success. 

“Moving students toward greater opportunity in life benefits us all," said Richard D. George, Great Lakes’ president and chief executive officer. “We fund programs that understand the root cause of what holds students back, and take bold steps to overcome these obstacles. We look forward to seeing the impact Ohio Dominican University can have on helping more students graduate and achieve their full potential.” 

“The Great Lakes College Success grant will help us expand our efforts to ensure the academic success of each and every student at Ohio Dominican University,” said ODU President Peter Cimbolic, Ph.D. “This will allow us to give students enhanced access to staff and services to help them achieve their academic goals. Our Student Success Team also will have access to valuable tools they can use to identify students who are struggling academically, so we can take proactive steps to help them realize their goal of earning a degree.” 

Great Lakes College Success grants, totaling $2.7 million, were awarded to 19 two- and four-year colleges, universities, and community and technical colleges across Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. A total of 5,280 students from low-income backgrounds, students of color, and students who are first in their families to attend college will benefit from support services during the 2014-15 academic year. This grant is one way Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates works to achieve its goal of helping more students benefit from their investment in higher education, and graduate ready to reach their full potential. 

Ohio Dominican University is a comprehensive, four-year, private, liberal arts and master’s institution, founded in 1911 in the Catholic Dominican tradition. The University has approximately 2,600 students and offers undergraduate degrees in 45 majors as well as 11 graduate degree programs. At ODU, students connect their passion with a purpose.