SBU Selected as an American Talent Initiative ‘High-Flier’ University

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Stony Brook University has been named an American Talent Initiative (ATI) “High Flier” University as part of its “Accelerating Opportunity” campaign.

Stony Brook, which joined ATI as part of a commitment to increase lower-income student enrollment and activate talent across the country, was recognized by Bloomberg Philanthropies as one of 28 national leaders in providing college access and success for lower income students by leading the way in Pell student enrollment, innovative recruitment, widespread retention and graduation rates.

ATI was led by Bloomberg Philanthropies in partnership with Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program and Ithaka S+R, and serves as a growing nationwide alliance of high-graduation-rate colleges and universities grounded in the belief that they can collectively expand access for tens of thousands of high-achieving, lower-income students. By doing so, these institutions are increasing socioeconomic diversity within their respective student communities.

During this year-long campaign, Stony Brook will be spotlighted as one of the institutions that has made increasing the number of students with economic, academic and demographic challenges a priority with programs like its Simons STEM Scholars Program, its Educational Opportunity Program/Advancement on Individual Merit (EOP/AIM) initiative, Student Success Through Applied Research Lab and Faculty Fellowship Program.

“Recognition as a national best practices leader by the American Talent Initiative further energizes our commitment to being a driver of opportunity for students from all backgrounds,” said Stony Brook University President Maurie McInnis. “Stony Brook University prides itself on delivering a world-class, affordable education to our diverse student population, which includes more than one-third who are Pell-eligible, one-third who are the first in their families to go to college, and 20 percent who are from underrepresented groups. Along with other ATI member schools, we remain focused on advancing the social mobility of our graduates and their families.”

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