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Maintain Momentum: Supporting Postsecondary Education Membership Organizations and Networks

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Yes We Must Coalition|$80,000|7/2020 - 6/2022
This grant supports the Yes We Must Coalition and its members in continuing to advance student success reforms despite COVID‐19‐related impacts.

Career Advising Tools and Outreach for Low-Income College Graduates-Planning Phase

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The Rector & Visitors of the University of Virginia|$284,300|12/2020 - 6/2022
This grant supports the University of Virginia in developing a personalized job recommendation tool and intrusive advising resources designed to improve employment outcomes for low-income community college graduates.

College Promise Careers Institute & Expanding Ecosystems for Promise Student Support

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College Promise Campaign|$250,000|7/2021 - 6/2022
This grant supports the College Promise Campaign in expanding their efforts to build awareness of supports for specific College Promise student populations and their work focused on elevating the role of postsecondary education in addressing workforce and economic development needs.

Ascendium Practitioner and Research Fellows

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Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness|$55,710|6/2021 - 6/2022
This grant supports the attendance of 10-15 postsecondary researchers at the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness 2021 Annual Conference and three summer research fellows.

Maintain Momentum: Supporting Postsecondary Education Membership Organizations and Networks

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Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area|$300,000|12/2020 - 6/2022
This grant supports the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area and its members in continuing to advance student success reforms despite COVID‐19‐related impacts.

Convening a Student Success Advisory Council

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Southern Regional Education Board|$30,000|7/2021 - 6/2022
This grant supports the Southern Regional Education Board in convening a student success advisory council focused on supporting students from rural and low-income backgrounds.

Upskilling Rural Americans in a Post-pandemic Economy

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The Conference Board Inc|$50,000|10/2021 - 6/2022
This grant supports The Conference Board in hosting a convening to determine best practices for training and upskilling in rural and low-income areas. A strategic summary of actionable recommendations and a social media media campaign will highlight the overall effort.

Co-Designing Equitable Pathways in Appalachia

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The Institute for Educational Leadership Inc|$50,000|11/2021 - 6/2022
This grant supports the Institute for Educational Leadership in exploring the implementation of a framework for career partnerships with a cohort of community colleges across the Appalachia region. They plan to leverage their robust Appalachian Workforce Network and use this convening to build buy-in and solidify goals for future work across the region.

2021 Rural Matters Podcast

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Michael Levin-Epstein|$56,000|4/2021 - 6/2022
This grant supports Michael Levin-Epstein in producing an eight-part podcast series focused on postsecondary education and workforce training in rural communities on the Rural Matters podcast.

Defining What It Means to Be a Rural-Serving Postsecondary Institution

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Appalachian State University|$428,000|12/2020 - 6/2022
This grant supports Appalachian State University and researchers from the Alliance for Research on Regional Colleges in utilizing and analyzing various data sources to develop a formal definition of operating as a “rural serving postsecondary institution.” The team will create a series of interactive data tools, corresponding documentation and a list of institutions that meet this definition.