With support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the University of California San Diego and San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) are building a pipeline of successful undergraduate and graduate students, resulting in a new generation of leaders who will reshape the value and meaning of an education in the humanities in the 21st century.
The two regional institutions received a combined $2.7 million in grants that will both expand an established, transformational program for transfer students and launch an initiative specific to career training for Ph.D. students: training that addresses a key need in employment after graduation.
"UC San Diego challenges itself to take bold actions that ensure world-class learning is accessible and affordable for all," said UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. "Our long-standing partnership with SDCCD has helped further this goal by providing cost-effective entry into higher education and excellent training pathways to bachelor's, graduate and post-graduate degrees. The Mellon Foundation grants will expand opportunities for students to improve their futures and the futures of their families."
Serving as leads on the development and implementation of the grants are UC San Diego
Division of Arts and Humanities Dean Cristina Della Coletta and SDCCD Vice Chancellor of Instructional Services Stephanie Bulger. Della Coletta and Bulger will oversee teams that continue work established in 2016 by similar, three-year grants from the Mellon Foundation. That support helped launch the
Preparing Accomplished Transfers to the Humanities, or PATH, program.
"What has been most dynamic in launching the PATH program has been seeing results for each student involved, from initial mentorship at the community colleges to becoming student leaders in the humanities at UC San Diego," said Della Coletta, Chancellor's Associates Chair in Italian Literature at UC San Diego. "I am confident in saying our partnership with SDCCD and support from the Mellon Foundation is immediately helping diverse, intelligent and engaged students."
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