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Text Steps Summer Melt Texting

Scaling
School District of South Milwaukee|$38,025|9/2018 - 12/2020
This grant supports 13 Wisconsin public school districts in launching summer melt text nudging to help increase on-time college enrollment rates.

Text Steps Summer Melt Texting

Scaling
Adams-Friendship Area School District|$38,020|9/2018 - 12/2020
This grant supports 13 Wisconsin public school districts in launching summer melt text nudging to help increase on-time college enrollment rates.

Ascendium-Sponsored Practitioner Fellowships

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Achieving the Dream Inc|$50,000|5/2019 - 12/2020
This grant supports attendance of at least 20 community college leaders as fellows at the 2019 Achieving the Dream (ATD) Data & Analytics Summit, September 11-13, 2019 and Holistic Student Supports Institute, October 1-4, 2019. ATD will also collect and share the fellows' reflections on their practical next steps and anticipated challenges in implementing their learnings.

Supporting Rural Island-Based Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Students

Exploration
APIA Scholars|$144,400|5/2020 - 12/2020
This grant supports Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund in preparing for a comprehensive mixed-method study focused on rural Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander students and the rural institutions serving them.

National Virtual Professional Learning Series for Math Faculty

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University of Texas at Austin|$125,000|5/2020 - 12/2020
This grant supports the Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin in developing an intensive, interactive virtual professional learning series for math faculty and delivering it over the summer so that faculty are prepared to provide high-quality learning experiences to students in their fall math courses.

Student-Centered Credit Mobility Prototype and Policies

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The Aspen Institute Inc|$100,000|7/2020 - 12/2020
This grant supports the Aspen Institute in developing pragmatic guidance for postsecondary institutions on student-centered credit mobility, and developing timely, COVID-context-specific content emphasizing evidence-based practices colleges and universities can adopt that enable seamless transitions between institutions.

Ensuring High Quality Higher Education in Prison Programs

Exploration
Institute for Higher Education Policy|$1,903,426|6/2018 - 10/2020
This grant supports the Institute for Higher Education Policy in developing a set of key performance indicators for higher education in prison that will help practitioners use data strategically to improve programs and promote student success.

WTCS Student Success Center

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Jobs for the Future Inc|$1,350,000|3/2017 - 9/2020
This grant supports Jobs for the Future in creating a Wisconsin Student Success Center to bolster the Wisconsin Technical College System's scaling of student success initiatives across its campuses.

Piloting an Income Share Agreement that Serves Low-Income Students

Exploration
MDRC|$500,000|9/2019 - 9/2020
This grant supports MDRC in assessing the operational feasibility of an Income Share Agreement (ISA) structured to lead to stronger outcomes for students from low-income backgrounds. Education Finance Institute will raise private capital to fund ISAs for up to 200 students attending five to seven pilot colleges.

Text Steps Summer Melt Texting-Signal Vine, Inc. fees for Wisconsin school districts

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Signal Vine Inc|$46,920|8/2018 - 9/2020
This grant supports licensing and setup fees for the Signal Vine texting platform for the 13 school districts participating in the Text Steps project.