Mr. Lonnie McNew, Senior Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs for Enrollment Services is committed in thought and action to making Towson a more diverse and accessible University by closing the graduation gap between White and minority students. Lonnie was responsible for developing and implementing Towson University's Top l0% Scholars Program. The program guarantees admission to any Baltimore City and County public school student that graduates in the top l0% of their high school class. In the first year of the program the number of Baltimore City students enrolled at Towson rose from 34 to 98, a nearly 3000% increase! The Top l0% Scholars Program has cultivated strong ties between Towson university and Baltimore city Schools. As a result of this program, Towson University has become a school of choice among Baltimore city school students.
In order to address the needs of the TU students in the Top l0% scholars Program and to strengthen their ability to be retained and graduated from TU, Lonnie assembled representatives from across campus to institute programs to assure continuous commitment to these students. In support of the University's goal to graduate all admitted students, Lonnie established the "S3" Program (Support for Student Success).The S3 Program, a program for "at risk" students, orients participants to the campus environment and provides support through study skills and mentoring sessions. He has collaborated with various campus offices to implement block scheduling. Block scheduling ensures that the students matriculate as part of a cohort and help them feel that they are part of a community. Resources have remained available to these students as a result of Lonnie's attention to these programs. Lonnie has also served on the group that developed TU's Achievement Gap Plan.
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