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Kresge Education newsletter: Every Degree Matters


Issues of the Education Program’s bimonthly newsletter Every Degree Matters, containing grantee insights, research, recently awarded grants, funding opportunities, interesting news articles and highlights from the program’s work to increase college access and success in the U.S. and South Africa.

December 2020

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Featured items: Partner spotlight on The Steve Fund; A conversation with Dr. Tressie McMillan Cottom; Fall 2020 issue of The Foundation Review explores foundations’ strategies to support college completion; Kresge’s Bill Moses and The Skillman Foundation’s Punita Dani Thurman urge participation in the Detroit Regional Talent Compact; Kresge’s Edward Smith discusses College Promise programs with Higher Ed Rewired podcast; Kresge job opportunity: Kresge Education Program Officer.

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November 2020

Screenshot of November issue of Every Degree Matters

Featured items: Campus Vote Project’s Erika Neal discusses boosting civic engagement among students; The Kresge Foundation signs Detroit Regional Talent Compact; A New Orleans grantee coalition discusses identifying transit solutions that support student success; New insights on guided pathways from the Community College Research Center; Kresge’s Caroline Altman Smith and TICAS’s Catherine Brown pen commentary for Bridge Michigan about urgent need for federal aid.

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October 2020

Screenshot of October edition of Every Degree Matters

Featured items: The Kresge Foundation 2019 Annual Report “Inside Out & Outside In” features Excelencia in Education; Russell Castañeda-Calleros of Rio Hondo College discusses efforts to identify transit solutions for students; Siyaphambili website tracks educational attainment in South Africa; Kresge Mission Related Investment in AdmitHub; CARES Act resource details changes to charitable contributions deductions.

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August 2020

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Featured items: Siyaphumelela initiative receives $3.6 million in grants; National Postsecondary Strategy Institute supports school districts working to accelerate college and career outcomes; Strong Start to Finish Director Christopher Mullin on developmental education reform during the pandemic; Free college advising hotline for Michigan students; NCLC report on federal seizure of tax credits and hardship for student loan borrowers.

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June 2020

Featured items: Dismantling systemic barriers; Dillard University President Walter Kimbrough on the role of HBCUs in New Orleans; virtual forums explore how colleges and support COVID-19 relief; retiring trustee Phillip L. Clay reflects on partnership with Education Program; Evergreen National Education Prize funding opportunity; new book explores how some colleges drive inequity; Kresge celebrates College Signing Day 2020.

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March 2020

Featured items: “Shosholoza”;COVID-19 resources from our partners and community; new book chronicles Georgia State University’s path to improving student outcomes; key findings from FAFSA Completion Challenge; “Unlikely” documentary now streaming on digital platforms.

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November 2019

Featured Items: Fall college access efforts; Kresge insights on Advancing Transportation Solutions for Students funding initiative; Michigan advocates provide clear info to aspiring students who are undocumented; call for insights on how foundations can support college persistence and success; call for Aspen Presidential Fellowship applicants.

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July 2019

Featured Items: Student debt and college affordability; South African universities make strides in domestic fundraising; Families in Schools’ curriculum helps educators better support families and students with transition to college; Evergreen National Education Prize funding opportunity; new Kresge funding opportunity to help promote social and economic mobility for families; Siyaphumelela 2019 conference highlights.

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May 2019

Featured items: Celebrating student success solutions; Kresge celebrates #CollegeSigningDay; Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence awardees; Detroit-area colleges offer debt forgiveness for returning students; new Kresge funding opportunity to advance student transportation solutions; Pay for Success to improve student outcomes; new research on student parent population in U.S.; interim findings from Detroit Promise Path evaluation.

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March 2019

Featured items: A great start to 2019; Kresge featured grant: Michigan College Access Network; Kresge Inyathelo initiative winds down; colleges honored for student success gains; new report on equipping Michigan students with skills for success.

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December 2018

Featured items: Looking back at 2018, onward to 2019; Arkansas joins Strong Start to Finish Initiative; One Million Degrees expands support for Chicago Housing Authority residents attending community colleges; ‘Unlikely’ documentary debuts; report explores ASAP program impact on Ohio graduation rates.

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October 2018

Featured items: Rankled by rankings, better options exist; ‘Unlikely’ debuts at Napa Valley Film Festival; stories of Michigan servicemembers who transition from combat to classroom; Kresge partners to scale CoPilot system to support student success; call for Aspen Presidential Fellowship applicants; Degrees When Due initiative aims to help stopped-out students complete degrees; Kresge bids farewell to Rebecca Villareal; new reports from partners.

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August 2018

Featured items: Back to campus… and the voting booth; grantee spotlight: National Student Legal Defense Network; Wayne State University program helps stopped-out students finish degrees; Kresge Education program hiring program officer; Education Program overview webinar recording available; Kresge annual report spotlights Hope Center at Temple University; Kresge Education bids farewell to Alejandra Acosta; dissertation evaluates Kresge’s former HBCU initiative.

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June 2018

Featured items: Our team’s work renewed…staying focused; upcoming Education Program informational webinar; South Africa’s minister of higher education speaks at Siyaphumelela conference; National College Access Network announces FAFSA Completion Challenge cities; Georgia State University leader discusses student success strategies; National League of Cities briefing on cross-sector efforts to improve college attainment rates; new reports from partners.

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April 2018

Featured items: Inspiration to open April; how to take part in National College Signing Day; applications open for FAFSA Completion Challenge; Capitol Hill lawmakers briefed on impact of ASAP program; registration open for Governor’s State Summer Institute; new report on food and housing insecurity among students.

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February 2018

Featured items: Why we believe every degree matters; Kresge gathers L.A. partners to map higher education ecosystem; highlights from DREAM 2018 conference; Great Lakes Student Success Conference recap; raising FAFSA completion in 22 cities; new reports from partners.

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