Mercy College’s Innovative PACT Mentoring Program Showcased at HACU Conference

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Groundbreaking Program Revolutionizes the College Experience by Providing an Unsurpassed Level of Individualized Support to Participating Students from Enrollment Through Employment

Championing Hispanic Higher Education Success: Expanding Opportunities in Challenging Times

Mercy College’s pioneering Personalized Achievement Contract (PACT) was one of a select group of exemplary programs showcased at the 24th Annual Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) Conference, held September 18-20 in San Diego, CA.

The conference, “Championing Hispanic Higher Education Success: Expanding Opportunities in Challenging Times,” is a national forum on best practices in the education of Hispanics.

At the conference, Dr. Kimberly R. Cline, president of Mercy College, delivered a keynote address on PACT—Mercy College’s groundbreaking program that presents an innovative and sustainable solution to the critical national challenge of significantly increasing retention and timely graduation rates among low-income, minority and first-generation college students.

The program revolutionizes the college experience by providing an unsurpassed level of individualized support to participating students from enrollment through employment.

PACT Highlights:

•PACT is an official Best Practice of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) for career services and student retention.

•The American Council on Education shared PACT with the White House as a select example of innovation in higher education (January 2010).

•In 2009, the U.S. Department of Education funded $2.5 million to create a Graduate PACT program at Mercy College.

About HACU
HACU is the national organization representing Hispanic-Serving Institutions. HACU was founded in 1986 with a founding membership of 18 institutions. Today, HACU represents 450 colleges and universities in the United States, Puerto Rico, Latin America, Spain and Portugal.

About Mercy College
Mercy College is a private, nonprofit institution founded in 1950, providing motivated students with the opportunity to earn degrees in more than 90 undergraduate and graduate programs within five schools: Business, Education, Health and Natural Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Liberal Arts. An engaging and personalized learning experience, that includes the college’s revolutionary PACT (Personalized Achievement Contract) program, is offered at the main campus in Dobbs Ferry, as well as campuses in the Bronx, Manhattan, Yorktown Heights and White Plains. 877-MERCY-GO.

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