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Media Partnerships

Our philanthropy amplifies important information across the nation, helping good ideas become systemic change for learners from low-income backgrounds.

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High-quality reporting and storytelling are vital for investigating, proposing, and disseminating systemic solutions to challenges faced by learners from low-income backgrounds. When media highlight problems alongside evidence-based solutions, successful practices have the potential to scale up. Media amplification can also encourage individual policymakers, communities, and government agencies to address critical issues in improving postsecondary education and workforce training outcomes. By framing and amplifying the issues critical to improving postsecondary education and workforce training outcomes, media partners get important information in front of those who can advocate for and make real, systemic change.

12 total media partners since 2020 and $4,821,034 total invested since 2020.

Learn more about how our media partnerships support learners from low-income backgrounds.

Women Of Color Leadership Summit

EquityWorksNW|$27,500|4/2023 - 3/2024
This grant supports EquityWorksNW in convening a leadership summit for women of color in postsecondary education with the goal of supporting those leaders in designing and implementing institutional practices and policies that promote equitable student success.

Developing a Proxy Measure of Income in NSC Research Publications

National Student Clearinghouse Research Center|$705,681|11/2022 - 2/2024
This grant supports National Student Clearinghouse Research Center (the Center) in pioneering 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.

Institutional Collaborations in the Postsecondary Education in Prison Space

Rhodes College|$50,000|12/2022 - 12/2023
This grant supports Rhodes College in Tennessee in facilitating collaboration across three postsecondary institutions that each operate programs in one prison facility in order to strengthen program alignment, facilitate resource sharing and improve offerings and outcomes for incarcerated learners.

Support for EWA Training on Postsecondary Education Topics

Education Writers Association|$150,000|5/2023 - 12/2023
This grant supports the Education Writers Association in strengthening the quality of national postsecondary education media coverage. The grant supports a mix of programming that focuses on removing structural barriers to postsecondary education success for learners from low-income backgrounds.

Curricular Analytics Transfer Exchange

Colorado State University|$50,000|9/2023 - 12/2023
This grant supports the Association for Undergraduate Education at Research Universities at Colorado State University in exploring the viability of data definitions and standards for making transparent how credits apply to degree program requirements. Outcomes could include the development of a pilot for institutional reporting on degree program requirements to inform a future national transfer student exchange system that helps students understand and plan degree pathways across two-year and four-year institutions.

Different Voices of Student Success: Focus on Solutions

The Chronicle of Higher Education|$750,000|12/2022 - 12/2023
This grant supports The Chronicle of Higher Education in developing content for its Different Voices of Student Success online resource center. This resource will showcase the voices of underserved students and identify barriers that exist among students, faculty members and leaders. It will also share best practices for improving student completion rates, upward mobility and the reskilling of workers.
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