DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. -- Mercy College is focusing on which types of students graduate as it hosts a conference on student success, "National Thought Leaders Forum: Student Success Revolution" on March 9.
The conference will be held at the college, 555 Broadway, in Dobbs Ferry.
“As a nation we need to be focused on not only getting low-income first generation students to college – but through college to graduation day," said Mercy College President Tim Hall. "The socioeconomic level you are born into should not dictate your success level.”
Speakers for the event include Martha Kanter – Former Undersecretary for Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education; Paul Tough - New York Times journalist and best-selling author of "How Children Succeed and Whatever It Takes"; David Laude – University of Texas at Austin senior vice provost; Tristian Denley – Tennessee Board of Regents vice chancellor of Academic Affairs; Ken Bain – Best Teachers Institute president and Cynthia Rivera Weissblum – president, Edwin Gould Foundation.
“The trend in the country now is that rich kids are graduating and poor kids aren’t – we cannot accept this. Especially because, today, a college degree is more valuable than ever before," said Andy Person, Mercy College’s executive director of Institutional Effectiveness. "The basic truth is – if you want to work in the New York metro area, you need a college degree.”
"The focus has to be not only on enrolling in college – but helping them finish college," he added. "At Mercy’s conference the thought leaders in higher education will be coming together to have a very frank discussion about how we can improve the system and better educate the students who are most at risk of not completing college.”
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