The University of Texas at Austin is one of the nation’s most prominent public flagship institutions. The university’s Charles A. Dana Center is using a two-year grant to develop and scale in Texas the New Mathways Project, an innovative approach for teaching remedial math to community college students to upgrade their skills and prepare them for college-level math courses.
With its focus on distance education and adult learners, the University of Maryland University College now serves more than 90,000 students in 20 countries, including U.S. overseas military personnel and their families. This grant extends prior funding to enable the college to support a national conference on using analytical student data to develop and implement intervention models at community colleges and four-year institutions to increase student retention, progression and graduation success.
Located in metropolitan Detroit, Oakland University offers undergraduate, graduate and continuing education programs to support research, scholarship, creative activity and public service. Funding enables the university to convene a two-day conference in 2014 focused on identifying and implementing best practices to promote student persistence and college completion at all Michigan institutions of higher learning.
The institute of works to foster mutual understanding, develop global leaders and protect academic freedom worldwide through educational exchange and training programs. This grant extends a prior funding commitment to engage IIE as the administrator of a Travel and Learning Fund that enables U.S. and South African representatives to attend conferences, training opportunities and meetings focused on higher education access and success.
The foundation was established in 2009 to provide financial support for the seven colleges in the Maine Community College System and to reinforce the need to raise Maine’s college achievement level. This grant extends a prior funding commitment for an additional year to enable Eastern Maine Community College to continue its participation in the Achieving the Dream initiative through 2014.
The California Community Foundation drives transformative change in Los Angeles through its intermediary work as a champion of charitable giving, a steward of donor funds and as a thought leader, convener and grantmaker focused on pressing problems facing the city. A two-year grant is earmarked for the Los Angeles Scholars Investment Fund, which provides scholarship money and program support to organizations helping low-income students prepare for and graduate from postsecondary institutions.
The Department of Education is the primary government agency overseeing education policy in the United States. This grant supports the 2013 White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities national conference, which convenes HBCU leaders to highlight significant HBCU contributions, to discuss the challenges facing their institutions and students and to develop practical strategies for enhancing the delivery of high-quality education.
The commission is responsible for developing, establishing and overseeing the implementation of a public-policy agenda for West Virginia’s four-year colleges and universities. A two-year grant underwrites the design and startup costs of a text-messaging platform pilot that provides 4,500 students at 14 high-need high schools with counseling and resources to help them transition from high school to college.
Washington Monthly is one of the nation’s best-known nonprofit public-policy magazines and one of its best-known products is its annual college rankings issue, which looks at colleges based on their ability to enhance social mobility, produce high-quality research and serve their communities. A two-year grant provides funding for the development and marketing of a new College Handbook.
The University of Texas at Austin is one of the nation’s most prominent public flagship institutions. Its College of Education houses the Center for Community College Student Engagement, which is using this two-year grant to co-develop and conduct a three-day institute focused on helping community colleges and universities strengthen Latino student engagement, transfer processes and college completion in urban areas.