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Understanding the Landscape of Higher Education in Prison

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Alliance for Higher Education in Prison|$1,100,300|12/2021 - 12/2023
This grant supports the Alliance for Higher Education in Prison in building local and national data infrastructure for the field of postsecondary education in prison, specifically centering ethical and equity considerations in the collection of student-level data.

Strengthening Implementation of Equitable Placement Policy Reform at Community Colleges

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Campaign for College Opportunity|$650,000|12/2021 - 12/2023
This grant supports Campaign for College Opportunity in strengthening implementation of equitable math placement policy to increase student success and close racial/ethnic equity gaps for students in California.

Evaluating the HBCU Adult Learner Initiative

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UNCF|$74,000|12/2021 - 12/2023
This grant supports UNCF in evaluating the Adult Learner Initiative, an initiative designed to help five Historically Black Colleges and Universities in North Carolina identify and eliminate barriers that prevent Black rural adult learners from low-income backgrounds from earning a degree or credential.

Different Voices of Student Success: Focus on Solutions

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The Chronicle of Higher Education|$750,000|12/2022 - 12/2023
This grant supports The Chronicle of Higher Education in developing content for its Different Voices of Student Success online resource center. This resource will showcase the voices of underserved students and identify barriers that exist among students, faculty members and leaders. It will also share best practices for improving student completion rates, upward mobility and the reskilling of workers.

Evaluating Digital Pathways Transformation Cohort of Rural Community Colleges

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Achieving the Dream Inc|$240,000|12/2020 - 12/2023
This grant supports Achieving the Dream in building a cohort of six rural community colleges going through large-scale institutional change to prepare and increase the number of low-income learners that graduate and enter the digital economy. This grant will support the evaluation of this cohort and will build a body of evidence outlining key success factors for supporting rural community colleges and learners.

Transforming Higher Education Policy and Practice in Prisons and Beyond

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The Education Trust Inc|$815,000|5/2020 - 11/2023
This grant supports The Education Trust in developing two distinct but interconnected leadership development programs that will engage formerly incarcerated learners and postsecondary education in prison practitioners in an intentional learning exchange, producing nuanced reports and analysis and informing improvements to institutional practice.

Launching West Virginia Climbs

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Philanthropy West Virginia|$750,000|6/2020 - 11/2023
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.

Planning for ASAP Denver

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Colorado Equitable Economic Mobility Initiative|$50,000|12/2022 - 11/2023
This grant supports Colorado Equitable Economic Mobility Initiative (CEEMI) in planning the implementation of a local ASAP-type program to support low-income learner success in the Denver metro area. CEEMI is entering initial phases of building support among local stakeholders and identifying public funding streams to support the launch and sustainability of a Denver ASAP model.

Quality Framework for Community College Bachelor's Degree Programs

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Community College Baccalaureate Association Inc|$50,000|12/2022 - 11/2023
This grant supports Community College Baccalaureate Association in collaborating with postsecondary and workforce partners to establish characteristics of quality for community college bachelor's degree programs.

Accelerating Transfer Reform

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The Aspen Institute Inc|$1,518,000|7/2021 - 10/2023
This grant supports The Aspen Institute in accelerating transfer reform nationally by activating two- and four-year college leaders and leveraging networks to implement lasting institutional change. This project will scale the adoption of effective practices aimed at improving transfer success for learners from low-income backgrounds.