Georgia State University’s ascent to being a national model of student success was boosted in vital ways by the support of its corporate and foundation partners. These generous partners have shown a dynamic and abiding commitment to transforming higher education The State Way through their major gifts to Georgia State’s Student Success Center and National Institute of Student Success (NISS).
Scheduled to open in fall of 2024, the Student Success Center will contain a one-stop hub for the university’s student success services and the headquarters of the NISS. These centralized services will enable students to take care of their academic, financial and career preparation needs in one place and, in doing so, eliminate barriers to accessing these important services.
The Robert W. Woodruff Foundation provided a $15 million grant to Georgia State for the renovation and adaptive reuse of the historic Southern Bell Telephone Company buildings at 25-27 Auburn Ave. to house the Student Success Center.
Truist, a long-standing and major supporter of Georgia State’s student success programs and services, has also committed grant funds to the Bell buildings redevelopment project via the SunTrust Trusteed Foundations-Thomas G. Woolford Charitable Trust.
The NISS will disseminate and scale the university’s proven, data-driven student success approach to peer institutions and work with those colleges and universities to identify and resolve institutional barriers to equity and college completion. With a goal of assisting 100 institutions over the next ten years, the NISS has the potential to reduce equity gaps in college access and completion nationally and add 500,000 new college graduates—including 170,000 from underserved backgrounds—to the national workforce over the next decade.
Ballmer Group provided the NISS with a $2.5 million general operating grant that will enable the NISS to deliver diagnostic and coaching services to 50 institutions, including 10 Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Coaching and diagnostic services will also be supported through a $560,111 grant from ECMC Foundation. ECMC Foundation previously provided a grant that enabled Georgia State to provide coaching to a small cohort of institutions in the University System of Georgia. The grant enabled the NISS to refine its cohort-coaching model.
The Kresge Foundation granted $2 million in start-up and endowment capital for the NISS. Kresge previously provided a planning grant for the NISS to develop a model for disseminating its innovative student success programs across post-secondary institutions nationally.
The NISS also received a $1.7 million capacity-building investment from the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation. The grant will help the NISS assist peer institutions in implementing student success initiatives.
Finally, in a new partnership with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, the NISS received a grant to provide scholarships to institutions, specifically HBCUs, MSIs, and HSIs. Scholarships will enable schools with limited financial resources to access the high-touch services of the NISS.
Georgia State continues working to remove barriers to achievement and provide students the resources they need to succeed. That’s The State Way and the university’s corporate and foundation partners have been essential in building, sustaining and growing it, transforming students’ lives at Georgia State and beyond.