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Higher admission standards and academic investment help drive retention increases at Fort Lewis College

DURANGO (19 October 2011) - Increased admission standards, along with efforts to secure funding and increase investment in academic programs, seem to be making a difference in helping Fort Lewis College’s students succeed in school. The retention rate among every ethnic group represented on campus either increased or remained steady from 2006 (beginning of tougher admission standards) to 2009 (latest published data).

Where in the world will YOU make a difference?

This year, a group of Fort Lewis students and their faculty mentors changed the world. A little bit, anyway.

For three weeks this May, 18 students and their faculty mentors volunteered their professional skills in Laos, building water system for two villages. The team constructed water collection systems, pipelines, and storage tanks in the Hmong villages of Ban Nakamphaeng and Ban Pakhom, in northwest Laos.

Max Bohana: "I'm volunteering overseas"

This summer I'll be spending a month in Laos with Engineers Without Borders. We’ll be working in a small village in the central part of the country, putting in about 13 kilometers of pipeline from their water source, to the village and into a storage tank. We will be building the pipeline, the source structure, and the pipeline. Next year we’ll go back and put in the rest of the distribution system, pipe and taps for the rest of the village.

Fort Lewis College faculty and students use skills to help around the world

This year, a group of Fort Lewis College students and their faculty mentors changed the world. A little bit, anyway.

In May, a group of 18 students and five professors traveled to Laos, where over 24 days they completed a water supply system for a remote village. In July and August, another group of 13 students and six professors visited Ecuador to develop two clean water sources and delivery systems.

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