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Franklin University Receives $3 Million Grant

For Immediate Release: October 10, 2017

Contact Sherry Mercurio, Director of Public Relations, 614.947.6581

Columbus, OH —

Franklin University is proud to announce the U.S. Department of Education has awarded $3 million for its “Increasing Student Success Start-to-Finish” project under its Strengthening Institutions Program. 

The program, sponsored by the US Department of Education, helps support institutions as they strengthen academic quality, institutional management and fiscal stability, and increase their capacity to serve low-income students. Funds granted under the Strengthening Institutions Program may be used for planning, faculty development, and establishing endowment funds, as well as administrative management.

Funds awards through the five-year grant will center around seven areas of activity aimed at increasing academic success and improving student persistence and retention.  Specific areas of focus are:

  • Revision of placement assessments for new students in reading/writing and math
  • Re-imagining developmental education curriculum
  • Revision of “gateway” courses with an increased emphasis on active learning strategies as well as targeted professional development support for faculty who teach them
  • Real-time data and analytics to inform instruction, student support and planning
  • Intrusive advising
  • Early alert software
  • Professional development

“We are honored and excited to be awarded this grant,” said Dr. Lynne Hull, Franklin University, and Dean of Students, who helped write the proposal for Franklin. “Through this grant, we have the opportunity to further elevate our long-standing reputation for being student-focused by focusing on the areas that matter most to our students, those that provide the foundation for their success and ultimate achievement of their educational goals.”

Awarded over a five-year period, the first installment of the $3 million grant will be awarded October 2017 and cover a one-year period. The subsequent four disbursements will be awarded annually in October and cover a one-year period, with the final award disbursed on Oct. 1, 2021.

About Franklin University
Founded in 1902, Franklin University is one of the leading and most experienced educators of adult students. The University offers applied, in-demand undergraduate, master's and doctorate programs that enable adult learners to achieve their educational and professional goals.  From entrepreneurs to CEOs, more than 45,000 Franklin alumni can be found around the world contributing to the communities in which they live and work. Students can take classes through Franklin through its Main Campus in downtown Columbus, Ohio, two central Ohio locations, in Beavercreek, at co-locations across Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, and online. In addition, the University's MBA program is offered internationally through agreements with institutions in Europe and the Middle East. Further information regarding Franklin University can be found at

Franklin University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


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