Breakthrough Strategies: Classroom-Based Practices to Support New Majority College Students

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About the Author
Kathleen A. Ross is President Emerita and Professor of Cross-Cultural Communication at Heritage University, a four-year institution that she founded with two Yakama Indian women in 1982 and led for twenty-eight years. Located in Toppenish on the Yakama Nation Reservation in central Washington State, Heritage University started with 75 students and has grown into a fully accredited, independent university with 1,200 students and more than 8,000 four-year and master degree graduates. Today its undergraduates are approximately 10 percent Native American, 55-60 percent Latino/a, 85 percent first-generation, and more than 80 percent low-income. Dr. Ross has served on many boards including the Congressional Advisory Committee on Student Financial Aid, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU), and the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (the regional accreditation body). Currently she serves as director of Heritage University's Institute for Student Identity and Success, focused on increasing retention and graduation for first-generation students. She holds a masters degree from Georgetown University (history), and a doctorate from Claremont Graduate University (higher education and cross-cultural communication). Her work has received recognition in the form of numerous awards, including the Harold W. McGraw Education Prize (1989), a MacArthur Fellowship (1997), and fourteen honorary doctorates. In 2012 she celebrated her Golden Jubilee (fifty years) as a Sister of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM). She currently lives in Toppenish, Washington, with two other Holy Names Sisters.