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CollegeNET Presents 2018 Social Mobility Innovator Awards to Eight Universities


Higher Education Administrators from Across the Nation Meet at
Social Mobility Summit to Discuss Best Practices for Student Success in
2018 and Beyond

, a leading provider of web-based on-demand technologies for
higher education and the developer of the Social
Mobility Index
(SMI), has presented its 2018 Social Mobility
Innovator Awards to eight universities across the nation.
Representatives who accepted the awards on their schools' behalf

The 2018 Social Mobility Innovator Awards were presented in July at
CollegeNET's Social Mobility Summit, in Portland, Oregon. During the
Summit, the 10 university representatives participated in a roundtable
discussion on best practices for student success. They provided insights
and described innovative approaches for expanding economic inclusiveness
and social mobility through higher education.

Jaye Padgett of the University
of California, Santa Cruz
, for example, spoke about his school's
unique student success mission, which incorporates educational equity,
institutional responsibility for meeting students where they are and a
holistic approach that recognizes the "whole student."

Christina Latouf of Baruch
discussed the school's "start-to-finish" philosophy,
which focuses on support and professional development programs along the
entire path to graduation. Services include résumé writing, soft-skills
training and mock interviews, mentoring from industry executives,
networking, and on-campus access to business attire for students who
cannot afford an outfit or have unexpected interviews.

Craig Richardson and Allonda Hawkins of Winston-Salem
State University
talked about their school's Center
for the Study of Economic Mobility (CSEM)
, which brings faculty and
students together as they study barriers to economic mobility in
surrounding, low-income communities.

Elizabeth Adams of California
State University, Northridge
(CSUN) outlined how her school works to
help students feel a sense of belonging through timely and sensitive
communication, and build trust-based mentoring relationships between
faculty and students in order to increase retention and graduation rates.

Kim Sandlin of Wichita
State University
provided details about her school's multi-year and
institution-wide commitment to recruiting and retaining students from
under-served and under-represented populations from Dallas-Fort Worth,
Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Kansas City located along the I-35 corridor.

John Gunkel of Rutgers
University -- Newark
explained that his school has increased the
number of underserved students from Newark by stressing academic
excellence, as well as engagement with civic, corporate and
philanthropic institutions in the city and surrounding region. Rutgers-Newark
also guarantees full-tuition scholarships to graduates of local high
schools and New Jersey community colleges whose families earn less than
$60,000 per year.

Sylvia Alva and Lea Jarnagin of Cal
Poly Pomona
offered a look at their school's culture of caring and
regard, which removes as many communications barriers as possible thus
offering low-income students a campus community that provides support
from admission through graduation.

Donald Dabdub of the University
of California, Irvine
emphasized the importance of a unique,
personalized and scalable student support system that blends centralized
support across campus with a wide range of decentralized support
services at the department and school levels.

The Social Mobility Summit followed two regional events sponsored by
CollegeNET that focused on student success and social mobility. These
meetings took place at the University of California, Irvine and the
University of California, Santa Cruz in February. Other
CollegeNET-sponsored student success events are scheduled to take place
at Wichita State University and the University of California, San Diego
in late 2018 and 2019.

Challenging Obsolete Notions about University "Prestige"

CollegeNET also recently published an e-book
on student success and social mobility in higher education. The e-book
offers best practices from student success professionals who are
pioneering innovative programs that support under-served and
under-represented students' academic, personal and financial needs. The
e-book contributing writers challenge outmoded notions about university
"prestige." They affirm higher education's role as the most important
rung on the ladder of economic mobility while leading their campuses
toward greater diversity and economic inclusion.

Economic Inclusion Helps Spark Innovative Minds

"The current economic trends limiting access to higher education have no
place in a country that has historically touted economic opportunity,
sought to broadly optimize its citizens' potential and prepare them for
participation in our democracy," says Jim
, CEO of CollegeNET.

"When a college offers a challenging environment populated with diverse
ideas, personal backgrounds and viewpoints," adds Wolfston, "it prepares
students to encounter, navigate and appreciate the unfamiliar. Given
that innovation always depends upon a person's ability to consider what
could be different from their own assumptions and experiences, economic
inclusion is thus not only a solution to a social justice issue, it is a
key strategy for sparking innovative minds."

Fifth Annual SMI Rankings will be Released this Fall

The 10 recipients of CollegeNET's 2018 Social Mobility Innovator Awards
represent universities
that have ranked near the top of the Social
Mobility Index
over the past four years.

See the complete 2017
SMI rankings
. (The fifth annual SMI rankings will be published
during fall 2018.)

About CollegeNET, Inc.

. builds on-demand SaaS technologies that help institutions
improve operational efficiency, enhance communication with constituents,
and save money. The company's systems are used worldwide for event and
academic scheduling, recruitment and admissions management, web-based
tuition processing, instructor and course evaluation, web-based career
services for students, cultural learning and college preparation, and
electronic academic records delivery. CollegeNET also directly supports
greater affordability and access to higher education through its
student forum. Students cite and debate topics, vote for one another,
and compete for scholarships. CollegeNET has awarded more than $2
million in college scholarships to date through this site. The company
is headquartered in Portland, Oregon.

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