Cantarella Consulting
Empowerment Through Education

Marcia Cantarella - Higher Education Expert

I work with educational institutions, programs and organizations to develop programs that suit their needs for increased communications, leadership development, diversity initiatives and strategic planning relating to educational attainment, diversity and equity especially for first generation, low income and students of color.

These areas reflect both my expertise as manifested by my success in moving students, especially students of color, to be high performers, my success in changing the paradigm for both students and parents in viewing the academic pathway relative to careers and work, and my ability to use my communications background to collaboratively create strategies and tools to enhance organizational outcomes and experiences.

Educators, parents and students say my book I CAN Finish College: The Overcome Any Obstacle and Get Your Degree Guide is a goldmine of information and strategies especially for first generation, low-income and students of color who struggle to complete college degrees.

Contact me for a FREE phone consultation to discuss how my strategies can be applied to your organization.

Hunter College-Black Male Initiative; United Negro College Fund--Faculty Development; Kingsborough Community College--Center for Civic Engagment, The One Club Education and Diversity Initiative, Devry University, Harlem rbi, The Beginning with Children Foundation, Winning Play$.

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Did You Know?
  • In the Journal of College Student Development article, "How Minority Students Experience College: Implications for Planning and Policy" Sharon Holmes says, "While we now understand that even though some minority students come to college with limited academic preparedness, it is what happens in the institutional environment that matters most in determining their academic success."
  • The "Graduation Rate Watch" study by Kevin Carey, reported in Education Sector Reports indicates that at a "typical institution, less than 40% of [all] students earn their 4 year degree in four years. Extending the time frame to six years brings the average institution up to roughly 57 percent. Even giving institutions credit for students who transfer and graduate elsewhere only brings the average up to 63 percent.... Less than half of Black students graduate within 6 years."
  • As of March 2007 a study by the Lumina Foundation reported that 54 million of eligible adults in the United States lacked a college education. This is no wonder since, as reported in Time Magazine in April 2006, some researchers are positing that 30 percent of high school students will not graduate and that may be as high as 50 percent for male students and even higher for minority males.

Book Reviews For I CAN Finish College:

"While at MCNY, Marcia created the framework for positive organizational change, instituting communication and assessment processes that overcame individual fiefdoms and led to the successful execution of strategic plans in a number of mission-critical areas. She creatively integrated the College's people, strategies and operations in a student-centered way."

 Ed Gillen, Director of Institutional Research and Assessment, Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY)

"Marcia offered a wealth of experience and advice when we retooled our approach to recruiting students of color for a highly competitive academic program.  She guided the overall design of our first stand-alone event aimed specifically at admitted students of color, which in its first year resulted in an astronomically-high yield of those students.  I would enthusiastically recommend her services on these and many other recruitment, planning, and strategic initiatives."

Jonathan Schoenwald, Director, Macaulay Honors Program, Hunter College
Hunter Student and Marcia Cantarella

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