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Mohawk Opening New Research Centre To Help More Students Graduate From College

Hamilton, Ontario, May 3, 2018 – Mohawk is launching a first-of-its-kind research centre in partnership with the Province to increase graduation rates among college students.

Initiatives and interventions that help more students complete their programs will be designed, assessed and evaluated at Mohawk’s new College Student Success Innovation Centre. Along with sharing research findings, the centre will provide matching funding, mentorship, project coordination and data analytics to other colleges and host an annual symposium to share best practices.

The Province is investing $650,000 over three years in Mohawk’s College Student Success Innovation Centre to be located at the Fennell campus. Mohawk is the first college in Canadato open a research centre focused exclusively on student success. Researchers at Mohawkwill collaborate with colleagues at the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario, McMaster University, the Hamilton-Wentworth and Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic School Boards, the Hamilton Community Foundation, Queen’s University, Waterloo University, University of Ottawa, Stanford University, Wake Forest University and Statistics Canada.

The graduation rate at Mohawk increased by five per cent between 2012 and 2017, resulting inapproximately 725 additional graduates. Mohawk was the first college in North America to develop a student success policy framework and has carried out 14 research projects focused on helping more students graduate from college.

For more on Mohawk’s new College Student Success Innovation Centre, go to www.mohawkcollege.ca/cssic.

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“It’s through initiatives like the College Student Success Innovation Centre that Ontario is able to make sure our students are prepared for success in today’s economy, as well as the economy of the future. The work that Mohawk College is doing will raise the bar in the area of student success. The pillars of this project - innovation, capacity building and knowledge sharing - are some of the main reasons that Ontario’s postsecondary system rates so highly on a world scale.”
Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development
“Students and learning are at the heart of all we do at Mohawk College. The data we collect and the research we conduct at our new College Student Success Innovation Centre will help more college students from across the country complete their programs and graduate to success.”
Ron McKerlie, President of Mohawk College

About Mohawk College

Mohawk College educates and serves more than 31,700 full-time, part-time and apprenticeship students at three campuses in Hamilton, Ontario. Mohawk is among the leading colleges in Canada for applied research and is ranked number one for student and graduate satisfaction among colleges in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

For more information, contact:
Jay Robb
Communications Director – Mohawk College