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Sophomore Year Initiative

SYI Program

Dr. Anne Rothstein, founding director of the Center for School/College Collaboratives and a grants specialist, collaborated with the Divisions of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs on the grant proposal, which was awarded to the College on October 1, 2012. Both Jose Magdaleno, Vice-President of Student Affairs, and Robert Troy, Associate Provost and Vice-President of Enrollment Management, are listed as Co-Investigators on the grant. Lehman is one of nineteen institutions across the country to receive the Title V grant, a $3.18 million award over a five-year period.

SYI Program Funding: Title V Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) Grant

The purpose of Title V, known as the Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program,was to expand educational opportunities for and improve the academic attainment of Hispanic students. Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) are defined as institutions having at least 25 percent of its full-time enrollment (FTE) identify themselves as Hispanic. Title V assists institutions that help large numbers of Hispanic students and low-income individuals complete postsecondary degrees by expanding and enhancing their academic offerings, program quality, and institutional stability (Source: U.S. Department of Education).

SYI Program Eligibility

All First-time Full-time Freshmen (FTFTF) admitted as of fall 2012 or after are eligible to participate in SYI. The program is intended to serve students who have earned between 12-60 credits during their second, third, and fourth semesters of study at Lehman. During the first two years of the program, SYI will primarily serve freshmen as they enter their sophomore year. However, in fall 2014, SYI will begin outreach and direct programming to transfer students who make up 66 percent of Lehman’s Undergraduate population.