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New Funding Enlarges Act 101 Scope

Having received $351,400 from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, IUP will continue its Act 101 Higher Education Equal Opportunity Program initiatives at the Indiana campus and add programming at IUP at Punxsutawney to assist qualified first-year students in making a successful transition to university life.

“IUP was one of the first institutions in 1971 to successfully secure funding for Act 101 programming, and we have continued to receive funding each year for students at the Indiana campus,” said Carmy Carranza, director of IUP’s Act 101 program and a faculty member in the Developmental Studies Department, home to the program.

“We have a great deal of data that documents significant academic successes for those who have completed the program versus those students who did not participate,” she said. “This year’s additional funding of $137,500, specifically for students at IUP at Punxsutawney, means that we can offer our program there to eligible students to help them to achieve their academic goals.”

Participating in the 2008–2009 Act 101 program will be 300 students at the Indiana campus and 100 at IUP at Punxsutawney. To participate, students must meet financial guidelines established by the state.

IUP’s Act 101 program includes freshman year advising by a faculty educational advisor; guaranteed enrollment in sections of three one-credit freshman success courses; priority access to the peer assistance and tutorial programs provided by the Center for Learning Enhancement; educational assistance and mentoring by a paraprofessional peer advisor; and early scheduling of freshman fall term courses, with placement testing.

All of these initiatives will be offered to students at IUP at Punxsutawney, along with an additional program to help orient students to the Indiana campus when they complete their first year at IUP at Punxsutawney.

Act 101 was established by the Pennsylvania Legislature in 1971 to support services for undergraduate students whose economic, educational, and cultural backgrounds might limit their success in achieving their goals in higher education.