PROVIDENCE, RI (Nov. 15, 2018) – College Unbound, an
innovative college founded 10-years ago to help minority and low-income
students complete their degrees, was featured last Sunday, in the Rhode Island
Public Broadcasting System (PBS) program, “Spotlight,” and
in the Sunday Providence Journal Rhode Islander.
College Unbound is “blazing a trail in the world of higher education,”
says the PBS investigative reporter Jim Hummel, and “the educational world is
The 10-minute report describes
how the school was co-founded in 2009 by educators Dennis Littky, PhD, and Adam
Bush, PhD, to reach students who were unable to complete their Bachelor’s
degrees because of pressing financial and personal burdens. In the program, Littky
says that up to 80 percent of low-income students do not complete college, so
he and Bush created a school to meet these students where they are in life,
and, help them gain that valuable degree.
“Ten years ago...we were kind of the crazy ones on the
block…when no one thought higher ed was broken, we were shouting that it’s not
working,” said Provost Adam Bush. “There’s a large section of the population
[for whom] higher ed is not clicking in the way it needs to,” Littky said.
By offering convenient access to classes in office buildings
usually closed in the evening, providing one-on-one support to students and
targeting coursework to their interests, students can now get to the finish
line for their Bachelor’s degrees.
In 2015, College Unbound became Rhode Island’s 13th college,
and was recently accepted as a candidate for accreditation by the New England
Commission of Higher Education. Today, more than 100 Rhode Islanders,
ages 24- to 51-years old, have graduated.
As a candidate for accreditation through the New England
Commission of Higher Education, Littky says, it’s a “game changer,” opening
doors to federal financial aid for students and increasing the numbers that
they can serve.