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Transforming Higher Education Policy and Practice in Prisons and Beyond

Exploration
The Education Trust Inc|$815,000|5/2020 - 11/2023
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.

Planning for ASAP Denver

Exploration
Colorado Equitable Economic Mobility Initiative|$50,000|12/2022 - 11/2023
This grant supports Colorado Equitable Economic Mobility Initiative (CEEMI) in planning implementation of a local ASAP-type program to support low-income learner success in the Denver metro area. CEEMI is entering initial phases of building support among local stakeholders and identifying public funding streams to support launch and sustainability of a Denver ASAP model.

Developing a Proxy Measure of Income in NSC Research Publications

Validation
National Student Clearinghouse Research Center|$677,181|11/2022 - 11/2023
This grant supports National Student Clearinghouse Research Center (the Center) to pioneer a new measure of income and incorporate analysis by income level into research reports. By further developing a new measure, the Center will have a replicable approach for disaggregating outcomes by students’ income background in its signature annual publications.

Regional Upskilling Alliance - Planning Period

Exploration
Strada Collaborative Inc|$50,000|11/2022 - 10/2023
This grant supports the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning in coordinating the development of the Regional Upskilling Alliance, an innovative approach to developing sustainable connective structure that more effectively supports low-wage and unemployed adults in obtaining new skills and communicating them to employers in order to access thriving wage career opportunities.

Maintain Momentum: Supporting Postsecondary Education Membership Organizations and Networks

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Community Colleges of the Appalachian Region|$475,400|11/2021 - 10/2023
This grant supports Community Colleges of the Appalachian Region and its members in continuing to advance student success reforms despite COVID-19-related impacts.

No Holding Back: Using Data to Review and Revise Administrative Hold Policies among Public Postsecondary Institutions in the Western Region

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Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education|$405,000|5/2022 - 10/2023
This grant supports the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, in partnership with the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, in developing tools for institutions to use in evaluating the impact of their administrative hold policies and practices on equitable student success.

Expansion of the Good Jobs Project

Validation
Georgetown University|$450,000|11/2021 - 10/2023
This grant supports the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce in mapping economic opportunity by identifying where good jobs exist in urban and rural regions and establishing the most reliable educational and training pathways to those jobs. This analysis will expand on existing research by contextualizing opportunities to locale and enabling education and workforce providers to align programs with existing and projected labor demand.

Increasing Access to Educational Materials in Prisons: Facilitating the Approvals Process

Exploration
Ithaka Harbors Inc|$800,000|10/2020 - 9/2023
This grant supports Ithaka Harbors in developing and making accessible a robust digital educational resource for incarcerated learners, as well as undertaking a major research initiative that will inform institutional change across the postsecondary education in prison field. The goal of the project is to leverage technology to increase learner success, while improving instruction and curricula.

Building Rural Community Learning Systems

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Columbus Learning Center Management Corporation|$750,000|9/2021 - 8/2023
This grant supports CivicLab, a project of Columbus Learning Center Management Corporation, in launching a cohort of six to eight rural community partnerships, building the capacity of rural community learning systems to improve learner-level outcomes along a talent development pathway.

HBCU Degree Completion Pilot

Exploration
Thurgood Marshall College Fund Inc|$290,950|9/2020 - 8/2023
This grant supports the Thurgood Marshall College Fund in piloting an online college degree completion program for near-completer students at member HBCU Delaware State University in partnership with Southern New Hampshire University.