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  1. Bagnardi, Margaret MSN, ARNP
  2. Perkel, Linda K. PhD, RN


As students from minority backgrounds increased to approximately 54% of one university nursing program, faculty were concerned as retention of these students has dramatically declined. In response, the school initiated a project called the Learning Achievement Program, funded by Health Resources and Services Administration, which is a transitional and developmental program for minority and/or disadvantaged students. The authors discuss the program, the challenges faced by students and faculty, and how the Learning Achievement Program influenced the diverse population in the nursing school.