Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 12:30pm

Mercy College President Tim Hall was a co-presenter, along with Henry Fernandez, Vice President of Complete College America, at the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities’ (HACU’s) 31st Annual Conference in San Diego, Calif., in October. HACU is a consortium of colleges that are working to improve access and opportunities to education and advancing equity for traditionally underserved Hispanic students.

The annual conference showcases successful, effective, and exemplary programs and initiatives of HACU member institutions, and explores emerging trends in higher education affecting Hispanics. Fernandez and Hall spoke about  “Game Changers: Proven‐effective Strategies Increasing Degree Completion,” in the Executive Leadership track.

President Hall, who last year was named to Excelencia in Education’s list of 2016 Presidents for Latino Student Success, described his experience in leading institutional change. “Mercy College is constantly seeking solutions to help more students succeed,” said Hall. “Real student success happens when we not only raise our expectations but also raise our level of support for students who are working to meet and exceed those expectations.”

Hall’s co-presenter, Complete College America’s Henry Fernandez, discussed his organization’s Game Changer strategies, which are evidence‐based, faculty‐developed solutions that dramatically improve student success and place many more students on track to certificate or degree completion.

Roughly one-third of Mercy College’s student population is Latino. Of the College’s freshman, 71 percent are Pell Grant recipients. In support of student success, Mercy College has created breakthrough mentoring approaches (PACT, or Personalized Achievement Contract), innovations in STEM education, and affordable tuition policies to increase college access and reduce time to completion, especially for students who are first in their families to attend college.