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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.

Guided Pathways Implementation in Iowa’s Community Colleges

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Iowa Department of Education|$1,300,000|6/2019 - 12/2021
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.

Redesigning StudentTracker

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National Student Clearinghouse Research Center|$1,343,000|5/2020 - 12/2021
This grant supports the National Student Clearinghouse in rebuilding StudentTracker, the primary data platform used by educational systems and institutions to track student-level postsecondary enrollment in the United States. The new StudentTracker will reduce the technological expertise required for users, consolidate data into a single platform, and provide enhanced reports and visualized analytics, with the goal of significantly expanding access and utilization nationwide.

Supporting a Multi-State Education-Workforce Data Infrastructure

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Coleridge Initiative Inc|$500,000|9/2020 - 12/2021
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.

Pathways to Success for Students with Some College No Degree

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Tennessee Board of Regents-The College System of Tennessee |$225,000|10/2020 - 12/2021
This grant supports the Tennessee Board of Regents - The College System of Tennessee in researching pathways to success for adult students with some college credit but no degree. This project will identify the various supports necessary to increase success for adults who return to college.

Maintain Momentum: Supporting Postsecondary Education Membership Organizations and Networks

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Wisconsin Technical College System|$150,000|11/2020 - 12/2021
This grant supports the Wisconsin Technical College System and its members in continuing to advance student success reforms despite COVID-19-related impacts.

Exploring Pathways to Sustainable Digital Employment in Rural Communities

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Center on Rural Innovation Inc|$403,100|12/2020 - 12/2021
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.

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

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Appalachian State University|$428,000|12/2020 - 12/2021
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.

Strong Start to Finish Implementation & Innovation Fund

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Education Commission of the States|$2,650,000|10/2019 - 12/2021
This grant supports Education Commission of the States (ECS) in amplifying the impact and reach of Strong Start to Finish (SSTF), a national developmental education initiative funded by Ascendium since 2016. The unique pooled funding approach makes it possible for SSTF to work at scale in six state systems; a supplemental investment would allow ECS to provide technical assistance to those state systems around emergent needs and advise other state systems eager to replicate their success.

Next Generation Sector Partnerships National Benchmarking & Rural Affinity Group

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Next Gen Sector Partnerships|$408,375|1/2020 - 12/2021
This grant supports Next Gen Sector Partnerships in creating a formal analysis of the impact of the more than 80 Next Gen Sector Partnerships currently operating nationwide. The analysis will inform the codification of best practices and the development of training materials for use in the expansion of rural public and private partner networks working toward regional vitality and expanded opportunity.