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San Jacinto College
News Release
Monday, March 13, 2017


San Jacinto College 1 of 7 colleges nationwide selected for mentor program 

College will serve as mentor to three higher education institutions through the Foundation for Student Success

PASADENA, Texas – San Jacinto College has been selected as one of seven higher education institutions nationwide to serve as a mentor college though the Foundation for Student Success (FSS).

The FSS selected the colleges based on their success in serving their minority student populations. Each mentor college will be assigned three colleges with whom they will share the processes and professional development they used to transform their institutions and, as a result, increased student success and retention among African-American, Latino and American Indian students. San Jacinto College, the only higher education institution selected from Texas, will be assigned its three mentee colleges during the spring 2017 semester.

“It’s an honor for San Jacinto College to be selected for this program and to have an opportunity to share the methods that are working for us to increase student success,” said Van Wigginton, provost of the San Jacinto College Central Campus. “We look forward to sharing ideas and helping other colleges better serve their students through mentorship.”

San Jacinto College offers mentoring programs for its students to increase the retention, graduation, and transfer rates. The College’s Men of Honor and Women of Integrity programs were established to raise retention, graduation, and university transfer rates among San Jacinto College minority students, especially African-American and Latino students. The programs pair students (mentees) with faculty, staff, or peer mentors who meet with them face-to-face once a month or more to assist them with any academic needs – from study tips, time management advice, information for the number of free academic resources the College offers, to serving as someone who can relate to the college-going experience and may be able to direct students to college and community resources to help with personal challenges.

Throughout this year, FSS staff will coordinate periodic conference calls between San Jacinto College and the mentees as they begin work on their goals for the project. The mentee institution will work to start the process of campus culture change. Mentee institutions will be asked to report on their activities and progress plus fill out a benchmarking survey at the beginning and end of the award period. In 2018, the mentor and mentee institutions will be featured in webinars for the general higher education community.

The FSS Board selected the following seven institutions to serve as mentors.
1. CSU Channel Islands, Camarillo, California
2. Los Medanos College, Pittsburg, California
3. Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey
4. San Jacinto College - Central Campus, Pasadena, Texas
5. Santa Fe College, Gainesville, Florida
6. University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida
7. Winston-Salem State University, North Carolina

The FSS was founded in 2016 and is housed at the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) in Boulder, Colorado. The mission of FSS is to stimulate and support the use of predictive analytics and other emerging technologies to help institutions of higher education identify at-risk students and to develop interventions to increase their chances of success. For more information, visit

About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. As a fiscally sound institution, the College currently holds bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s, respectively. San Jacinto College is a 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Top 10 finalist and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. Approximately 30,000 students each semester benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success. The College offers seven areas of study that prepare a diverse body of students to transfer to a four-year college or university or enter the workforce with the skills needed to support the growing industries along the Texas Gulf Coast. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.

For more information about San Jacinto College call 281-998-6150, visit or join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

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