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Guided Pathways Implementation in Iowa’s Community Colleges

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Iowa Department of Education|$1,300,000|6/2019 - 5/2022
This grant supports the Iowa Department of Education in implementing a set of systemic guided pathways reforms that will improve student outcomes and reduce equity gaps.

Credit for Experience: Leveraging Prior Learning Assessments in Prison

Exploration
Reentry Campus Program|$230,014|5/2020 - 5/2022
This grant supports Reentry Campus Program in refining their program delivery model to increase the meaningful use of prior learning assessments and wraparound services for incarcerated students in Rhode Island. Setting the stage for broad dissemination, the organization will work to codify the program design, cost structure and associated student outcomes.

Assessing Training Success through Place-Based and Geographic-Agnostic Program Models

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Merit America|$837,000|5/2021 - 5/2022
This grant supports Merit America in testing service delivery models for learners engaged in place-based programs and those engaged in geographic-agnostic programs to compare learner completion and job placement outcomes and inform plans for scale.

Exploring Pathways to Sustainable Digital Employment in Rural Communities

Exploration
Center on Rural Innovation Inc|$403,100|12/2020 - 4/2022
This grant supports the Center on Rural Innovation in researching foundational questions related to building an inclusive tech workforce in rural America. Research will be synthesized into a public-facing report that will drive real impact on creating skilling pipelines, localizing outsourced tech jobs and leveraging the power of remote work in rural areas—ultimately setting the stage for low-income rural learners to achieve their academic and career goals in the fast-growing, high-paying fields of the digital economy.

Degrees When Due

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Institute for Higher Education Policy|$618,000|1/2018 - 3/2022
This grant supports the Institute for Higher Education Policy in conducting the impact research component of the Degrees When Due initiative, a national effort to advance degree reclamation for the “some-college, no-degree” population. This research includes an examination of current degree reclamation strategies and student-level postsecondary and employment outcome data.

Strengthening Guided Pathways through Workforce

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The Aspen Institute Inc|$1,089,700|10/2019 - 3/2022
This grant supports The Aspen Institute in operationalizing the Ascendium-funded Workforce Playbook by engaging community college leaders in a variety of contexts through additional curricular materials and embedding the Workforce Playbook into the existing guided pathways framework.

Supporting a Multi-State Education-Workforce Data Infrastructure

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Coleridge Initiative Inc|$550,348|9/2020 - 3/2022
This grant supports the Coleridge Initiative in developing and delivering training classes for two states to build capacity for state education and workforce agencies in the use of data to improve education and workforce transitions. The Coleridge Initiative will partner with state-based public policy staff and college-based data science programs within each state to develop curricula, deliver ongoing applied data training to state agency staff and build new analytical products to inform the design and development of effective education and training policy and practice.

Exploring the Role of Micro-credentials in Rural Postsecondary Education and Workforce Training Programs

Exploration
Digital Promise Global|$249,200|12/2020 - 3/2022
This grant supports Digital Promise Global in conducting a landscape scan of micro-credential use in rural postsecondary education and workforce training programs. The scan will aim to determine whether and to what extent micro-credentials are being used as a tool for economic recovery in rural postsecondary settings to support credential attainment and workforce entry for rural learners from low-income backgrounds, especially learners of color.

Supporting Postsecondary Education Writers and Coverage

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Education Writers Association|$175,000|3/2020 - 2/2022
This grant supports Education Writers Association in meeting the professional development needs of postsecondary education journalists as well as media coverage projects related to socio-economic mobility and education beyond high school.

Implementing Competency-Based Education at Scale

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Kentucky Community and Technical College System Foundation Inc|$613,915|6/2020 - 2/2022
This grant supports the Kentucky Community and Technical College System in developing and executing an in-depth planning process to understand the system, academic and structural changes necessary for a statewide implementation of competency-based education within its general education, career and technical and workforce training programs.