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Labor Market Playbook

Scaling
The Aspen Institute Inc|$368,000|6/2017 - 7/2019
This grant supports The Aspen Institute in creating a set of tools to help community colleges improve students’ labor market outcomes through replicable, evidence-based practices and strategies for strengthening employer collaboration.

Career Ready Internship Grant-Four-year institution program evaluation

Validation
MDRC|$413,999|4/2016 - 6/2019
This grant supports MDRC in evaluating Ascendium's Career Ready Internship program. MDRC will analyze data from each of the 33 CRI sites and conducting student and employer surveys to assess impact on student persistence and experience, college-employer relationships, program implementation and scale and sustainability.

The Finish Line: Graduation by Design

Exploration
MDRC|$911,349|5/2017 - 4/2019
This grant supports MDRC in designing, implementing and evaluating an intervention aimed at improving college completion by applying behavioral insights to increase the number of credits students complete each semester.

New Mathways Arkansas Scaling Project

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The Charles A. Dana Center|$599,994|5/2016 - 4/2019
This grant supports the Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin in helping Arkansas colleges replace existing math education models with new pathways aligned to meet the requirements of a student’s program of study. The project will work at the state level to address policy and practice barriers while also equipping colleges for change.

Enhancing the Reverse Transfer of Credit Pathway

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National Student Clearinghouse Research Center|$300,000|11/2017 - 4/2019
This grant supports the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center in improving and expanding institutional use of its reverse transfer platform to retroactively award degrees earned by students before they left college.

College Promise Campaign

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Civic Nation|$250,000|5/2018 - 4/2019
This grant to Civic Nation supports the College Promise Campaign’s 2018 efforts to promote the development and expansion of college promise programs, foster high-impact college promise programs that increase student opportunity and success, and build broad public support for College Promise programs.

Planning Grant for Guided Pathways Implementation in Iowa’s Community Colleges

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Iowa Department of Education|$88,770|7/2018 - 3/2019
This grant supports the Iowa Department of Education in launching a planning phase for implementation of guided pathways at the state’s community colleges.

College Transition Collaborative Probation Toolkit

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Stanford University |$66,111|7/2017 - 3/2019
This grant supports the College Transition Collaborative at Stanford University in developing a toolkit for revising academic probation notification letters in a way that destigmatizes the probation process and improves student academic and psychological outcomes.

Tools of the Trade Apprentice Scholarship

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Wisconsin Technical College System|$270,000|8/2018 - 3/2019
This grant supports $1,500 scholarships awarded to up to 180 construction and industrial trade apprentices attending a Wisconsin Technical College System college during the spring 2019 semester.

Emergency Aid Administrator Handbook

Validation
Equal Measure|$176,000|7/2017 - 1/2019
This grant supports Equal Measure in developing resources to help colleges establish effective emergency aid award decision-making processes that integrate human judgements into program administration.