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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.

Capitalizing on Federal Momentum to Advance Postsecondary Student Success

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MDRC|$250,000|8/2021 - 4/2022
This grant supports a project by MDRC, SHEEO and The Education Trust in capitalizing on momentum created by several federal proposals to provide funding for college student success programs. The effort will equip states and colleges with guidance and technical assistance so that they prioritize the implementation of programs with the strongest evidence base.

Transforming Higher Education Policy and Practice in Prisons and Beyond

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The Education Trust Inc|$815,000|5/2020 - 4/2022
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.

Bringing to Scale and Measuring the Effects of Guided Pathways Reforms by Ohio’s Community Colleges

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Teachers College, Columbia University|$1,910,223|11/2018 - 4/2022
This grant supports Community College Research Center at Teachers College, Columbia University in studying and disseminating learnings from the implementation of guided pathways reforms at Ohio’s public two-year institutions.

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.

Exploring Pathways to Sustainable Digital Employment in Rural Communities

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Center on Rural Innovation Inc|$403,100|12/2020 - 3/2022
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.

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.

Reinventing Higher Education Convening Series

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Presidents Forum|$250,000|9/2020 - 2/2022
This grant supports the Presidents Forum, a non-profit 501(c)(3) membership organization of college and university and other leading education stakeholders, in planning a series of collaborative convenings focusing on the development of an agile and resilient workforce prepared for the knowledge economy. Held over 18 months, the purpose of these meetings is to share ideas, actions and practices shaping the future of higher education.

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.