The former apartheid government founded this historically black institution, located near Cape Town, to serve Coloured South Africans only, but the university embraced a new mission in the 1970s to serve all races and become the intellectual home of progressive forces. Funding supports the Brian O’Connell Visiting African Scholar Fund, which honors its outgoing vice chancellor by bringing scientists and scholars of black African descent to the UWC campus to share research, cutting-edge models and promising innovations.
The foundation raises funds for Virginia’s 23 community colleges and manages Great Expectations, an innovative program designed to increase educational attainment and workforce success among foster-care youth. This grant supports the launch of the program at Thomas Nelson Community College, a student-engagement fellowship program and improved data and research functionality.
The department is the primary government agency overseeing education policy in the United States. This grant supports the 2014 White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities national conference, which convenes HBCU leaders to highlight significant HBCU contributions, discuss the current challenges facing their institutions and students and develop practical strategies for enhancing the delivery of high-quality educational experiences.
The public research university sustains the ideal of developing, through education, leaders who are well-prepared to help shape the future of the nation and the world. A two-year grant funds a study that provides customized information about college enrollment and financial aid to U.S. Army personnel who are returning to civilian life.
The university is one of the nation’s largest public universities, serving more than 50,000 students. This funding enables the College of Education’s Center for Community College Student Engagement to include student focus groups in an ongoing research project, supported by previous grants, to strengthen institutional partnerships between urban-based community colleges and universities to improve Latino student transfer rates.
The university’s Graduate School of Education is one of the nation’s leading education programs and houses a number of research centers and community partnerships, and its faculty includes one of the nation’s leading scholars on minority-serving institutions. This multiyear grant supports the Center for Minority-Serving Institutions, which conducts research, convenes scholars, improves leadership practices and promotes collaborative efforts to support minority-serving institutions and their students.
The university serves more than 32,000 students. With this two-year, $160,000 grant, the university’s Office of Community College Research and Leadership is extending research, evaluation and data collection on Credit When It’s Due, a college credits reverse transfer initiative, to Georgia, Tennessee and Texas.
The public charity serves as a fiscal agent for groups working to promote progressive social change on local, national and international levels. This three-year grant enables the Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group, a funders’ resource hub for grantmaking in Africa, to implement its three-year strategic plan and attain greater financial sustainability.
Located in metropolitan Detroit, the university offers undergraduate, graduate and continuing education programs to support research, scholarship, creative activity and public service. The university is using this grant to convene a two-day conference in 2015 of higher education practitioners across the state who are committed to improving student retention and college completion.
The organization develops program and evaluation models, disseminates best practices and offers wide-ranging services to member organizations, including community-based college-access programs, statewide college-access networks and postsecondary education institutions in 44 states. The network is using this three-year grant to provide opportunities for benchmarking and professional development to its members and to increase its visibility in national policy discussions, media coverage and high-profile convenings.