Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funds student success program at UH Hilo

The inaugural Transformation Accelerator Cohort program is designed to help eliminate race, ethnicity, and income as predictors of student success.

Mortarboard with the words: Be the Change you wish to see in the World.
Student’s mortarboard, 2019 Spring Commencement. Photo by Raiatea Arcuri/UH Hilo Stories.

The University of Hawai‘i at Hilo is one of 15 institutions across the country selected to participate in a newly launched program designed to help eliminate race, ethnicity, and income as predictors of student success. The inaugural Transformation Accelerator Cohort (TAC) program is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

UH Hilo was selected by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), the organization that oversees UH Hilo’s accreditation, through a competitive application process.

Kris Roney
Kris Roney

“UH Hilo is thrilled to partner with AASCU and an extraordinary, diverse group of minority-serving campuses, all of whom share in our commitment to advancing student success and eliminating equity gaps in completion,” says Kris Roney, UH Hilo vice chancellor for academic affairs.

“Having personally witnessed the transformations that come from AASCU projects like this one and knowing the successes of some of our partner campuses, I know UH Hilo’s communities will benefit from these challenging conversations and spaces for innovative projects designed with equity for our students and communities in mind.”

The TAC cohort involves peer-to-peer learning across institutions in-person and virtually. Participants will have access to resources, including online modules and webinars, and receive support from subject matter experts in data analytics, equity, student success, advising, institutional transformation and strategic and systems planning.

Among the participating institutions are seven Hispanic-serving schools, three historically Black colleges and universities and predominantly Black institutions, and three Asian American and Native American Pacific-Islander serving institutions.

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