Mercy College expands mentoring program

By Evan Fallor

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Mercy College has expanded its Personalized Achievement Contract mentoring program to all of the school’s roughly 6,000 undergraduate students, including transfer students.

PACT provides one-on-one mentoring for students from their time of enrollment to graduation, including course assistance and career preparation. As part of the expansion, Mercy College will now increase its number of PACT mentors from 26 to 50. Mentors, who are professionally trained, will be assigned by school.

“Expanding PACT to transfer students means that a huge part of our population will now get the personalized attention of a mentor from day one to help them succeed and get to graduation day,” Mercy College President Timothy Hall said in a statement. “Along with strengthening student support, we have also been adding faculty positions and filling open faculty spots. We are committed to student success on all levels.”

In a statement, Mercy said transfer students, including many with jobs and families, constitute more than 50 percent of its undergraduate population. The college also said it has seen a 10 percent increase in its student retention rate due in part to the PACT program. The expansion was launched July 1.

“PACT’s expansion is going to be a tremendous gain for the students,” Mercy College Vice President of Student Services Margaret McGrail said in a statement. “The students are going to greatly benefit from these changes.”

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Evan Fallor covers county government, retail, education and tourism for the Westchester County Business Journal. He previously worked as a town reporter for the Republican-American (Waterbury, Ct.) and the News-Times (Danbury, Ct.). He holds a Master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

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