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New Director to Help Project STAR Advance Student Achievement


By Mary Ann Cozza


KatrinaBordersAs previously reported in Skyline, UHD received a $3.2 million, five-year grant funded through the U.S. Department of Education Title V Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program, which will support the University's Project STAR (Student Transition and Retention).

The project focuses on increasing student achievement, persistence and graduation rates. Some of Project STAR's efforts include institutes to acclimate students to college and programs to improve time management and provide tutoring.

With exciting things on the horizon for Project STAR, the Student Success and Enrollment Management Office is happy to welcome Katrina Borders as the director of the project. A UHD alumna, Borders received her bachelor's in accounting and master's in administration and supervision. She has 14 years of program implementation experience and says she looks forward to working to ensure the success of UHD students.

Project STAR will advance student achievement and meet HSI goals through three major components: 1) Summer Fast-Track Institutes, which accurately place students in classes based on their scores on the ACCUPLACER Test; 2) Welcome Institutes, which help to acclimate students to the challenges of college studies; and 3) An expansion of the College Acculturation and Personal Success (CAPS) Program, which provides time management skills leading to college success; supplemental tutoring; and online, as well as face-to-face training workshops.