Data Fellows Program Pilot
This grant supports the Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities and the Association for Institutional Research in piloting a Data Fellows program to improve data literacy on campus among faculty and staff. The program will foster increased use of student data to inform strategic, tactical and operational decisions, with the ultimate aim of improving student success outcomes.
Codifying Career Pathways Initiative
This grant supports UNCF in scaling up an initiative aimed at increasing student success outcomes at 8 to 12 Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The work will increase these institutions’ capacity to serve low-income students and students of color, increasing academic and economic equity for both groups and producing best practices to inform other under-resourced colleges serving low-income students or students of color.
Implementing and Evaluating Caring Campus Faculty Engagement
This grant supports the Institute for Evidence-Based Change in cultivating caring campus environments to increase student retention. The project seeks to implement the program with faculty at 14 community colleges and allow the Community College Research Center to evaluate impact on students, faculty, staff and the institutions overall.
Moving Mathematics Pathways to Normative Practice in Arkansas
This grant supports the Dana Center at The University of Texas at Austin in ensuring that math pathways are offered to the vast majority of Arkansas college students. The Dana Center will provide technical assistance through a regional support network and pilot new tools and resources with Arkansas institutions.
Analysis of Post-COVID-19 Transfer Data
As part of Ascendium’s COVID-19 Response Fund initiative, this grant supports the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center in tracking and disseminating timely data to quantify the impact of COVID-19 on institutional transfer rates in the United States.
Development of a Comprehensive Transfer Blueprint
This grant supports Kent State University in developing transfer pathways with three partner community colleges that streamline student progress to a degree.
Launching West Virginia Climbs
This grant supports Philanthropy West Virginia’s efforts in building the infrastructure of West Virginia Climbs, a new public awareness and programming campaign aimed at increasing the state’s postsecondary educational attainment rate to at least 60 percent by 2030. The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and other partners will support the implementation activities needed to complete five activities targeted at supporting learners from low-income backgrounds.
Maintain Momentum: Supporting Postsecondary Education Membership Organizations
As part of Ascendium’s Maintain Momentum initiative, this grant supports the Yes We Must Coalition and its network of 40 member institutions in continuing to advance success reforms to support and serve their low-income students. This grant would allow these institutions to maintain membership and thus maintain access to the projects and resources provided by the Coalition.
Scaling the Student Success Center Network Coaching Program
This grant supports Jobs for the Future in building the capacity of four Student Success Centers to deploy coaches trained in advancing reforms at colleges in their states. The project provides capacity-building seed grants and strategic technical assistance to Centers in designing and implementing in-state coaching programs, while also providing training and ongoing professional development to the cadre of coaches.
Researching Place-based Learning Experiences' Impact on Rural Postsecondary Learners
This grant supports the University of Montana in researching the impact of place-based learning at postsecondary institutions on student outcomes and achievement. Building on promising research in secondary systems, rural place-based learning focuses on integrating local and regional cultures, history, and resources into school programming in an effort to promote student success and engagement.