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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

Exploration
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.

Maintain Momentum: Supporting Postsecondary Education Membership Organizations and Networks

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Association of American Colleges & Universities|$1,848,800|8/2020 - 6/2022
This grant supports the Association of American Colleges & Universities and its members in continuing to advance student success reforms despite COVID‐19‐related impacts.

Maintain Momentum: Supporting Postsecondary Education Membership Organizations and Networks

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Achieving the Dream Inc|$2,091,920|7/2020 - 6/2022
This grant supports Achieving the Dream and its members in continuing to advance student success reforms despite COVID‐19‐related impacts.

Launching West Virginia Climbs

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Philanthropy West Virginia|$750,000|6/2020 - 6/2022
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.

Scaling the Student Success Center Network Coaching Program

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Jobs for the Future Inc|$1,298,100|6/2020 - 6/2022
This grant supports Jobs for the Future in building the capacity of four Student Success Centers to deploy coaches trained in advancing reforms at colleges in their states. The project provides capacity-building seed grants and strategic technical assistance to Centers in designing and implementing in-state coaching programs, while also providing training and ongoing professional development to the cadre of coaches.

Creating Pathways to Mid-Level Tech Careers and Educational Opportunity

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Apprenti|$150,000|5/2021 - 6/2022
This grant supports Apprenti in determining the viability of a formal partnership with a four-year degree granting institution for the purpose of providing a pathway to a bachelor's degree for low-income and underrepresented learners who complete registered technology apprenticeships.

Researching Place-based Learning Experiences' Impact on Rural Postsecondary Learners

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University of Montana|$221,202|6/2020 - 5/2022
This grant supports the University of Montana in researching the impact of place-based learning at postsecondary institutions on student outcomes and achievement. Building on promising research in secondary systems, rural place-based learning focuses on integrating local and regional cultures, history, and resources into school programming in an effort to promote student success and engagement.

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

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Appalachian State University|$428,000|12/2020 - 5/2022
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.