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ECMC Foundation has partnered with the following organizations in support of our mission to inspire and to facilitate improvements that affect educational outcomes—especially among underserved populations—through evidence-based innovation. To see an overview of our investments to date, visit Grants and Investments Since Inception

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  • Community College Presidential Fellows Program
    Grantee
    Aspen Institute
    Amount
    $275000
    Locations
    District of Columbia, Virginia, Texas, Rhode Island, Oregon, Oklahoma, Ohio, North Carolina, New York, New Jersey, Nebraska, Michigan, Kentucky, Illinois, Florida, Colorado, California, Arizona
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2015
    Focus
    Overview
    The Aspen Institute promotes the pursuit of common ground and deeper understanding in a nonpartisan and non-ideological setting through regular seminars, policy programs, conferences and leadership development initiatives. Aspen received funding to develop core recruitment, admissions and instructional processes for the Community College Presidential Fellows Program. The goal is to develop exceptional presidents who can lead community colleges to high and rising levels of student success. ECMCF funding provides for curriculum development and recruitment for the initial class of participants.
  • Enhanced Summer Bridge Program Pilot
    Grantee
    University of California at Riverside
    Amount
    $276000
    Locations
    California
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2015
    Focus
    Overview
    The Highlander Early Start Academy, a summer bridge program at the University of California, Riverside (UCR), allows students to take a preparatory academic and life skills that includes team-building activities and study skills sessions. UCR received funding to improve its Summer Bridge program by building in features from other successful programs and national models. The goal was to improve academic performance and retention for 180 students participating in the 2015-16 Summer Bridge program. ECMCF funding allowed UCR to add a required academic course, include academic advising labs, provide financial literacy training, reduce the participant to peer counselor ratio, provide scholarships, and facilitate networking opportunities.
  • Gateway to Graduation
    Grantee
    University of California, Los Angeles
    Amount
    $296000
    Locations
    California
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2015
    Focus
    Overview
    Gateway to Graduation (G2G) is a two-year intervention designed to increase the retention of underrepresented students at UCLA by fostering the knowledge, skills and supports needed to successfully matriculate in five years. G2G received funding to provide students with resources for academic success, mental health, fiscal literacy, social life and residential life. The goal is to improve the retention, completion and achievement of underrepresented students at UCLA. In addition, G2G will document a successful model that can be replicated at other post-secondary institutions. ECMCF funding provides support for a cohort of 40 first-year students over three quarters.
  • Co-Pilot Study
    Grantee
    University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center
    Amount
    $125000
    Locations
    New Mexico
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2015
    Focus
    Overview
    The University of New Mexico received funding make a grant to facilitate a test of Co-Pilot among selected undergraduates. The goal was improve academic success and retention for more than 600 students who use Co-Pilot at University of New Mexico and University of California Merced. ECMCF funding provided implementation costs associated with the test as well as training for student mentors who will act as counselors for students who participate in the beta tests.
  • College Advising Corps
    Grantee
    College Advising Corps
    Amount
    $400000
    Locations
    Virginia, Florida, Arizona
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2015
    Focus
    Overview
    College Advising Corps (CAC) partners with colleges and universities to place recent graduates as college advisers in underserved high schools to increase the number of underserved students entering and completing higher education. CAC received funding to enhance and expand college advising services in underserved high schools in Florida, Arizona, and Virginia. They also received support for their annual evaluation work with third party evaluators at Stanford University. The goal was to increase college enrollment rates and enhance college-going culture in targeted high schools. ECMCF funding provided support to hire advisers and to conduct the annual evaluation.
  • CA College Guidance Initiative
    Grantee
    Foundation for California Community Colleges
    Amount
    $300000
    Locations
    California
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2015
    Focus
    Overview
    California College Guidance Initiative (CCGI) provides resources and support for schools and counselors to improve their efficacy and the college attendance and success outcomes of California students. CCGI received funding to streamline and magnify the efforts of college advisers and counselors and to take a deeper and more systematic look at the conditions and practices that lead to the strongest outcomes over time. CCGI also received support for statewide operations and expansion as well as for a rigorous external evaluation in partnership with Stanford University. The goal was to increase the number of students reached, to deepen and expand higher education partnerships and to build internal capacity for ongoing learning and evaluation. ECMCF funding supported schools and counselors to improve their efficacy as well as college attendance and success outcomes of California student
  • Ascend Program
    Grantee
    Management Leadership for Tomorrow
    Amount
    $500000
    Locations
    District of Columbia
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2015
    Focus
    Overview
    Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) matches MLT program alumni with incoming first-generation college freshman to provide students with individualized coaching and mentorship throughout various stages of their education and career. MLT received funding for the Ascend Program to track participants’ college persistence rates over two years. They evaluated the program’s effectiveness and its ability to expand on a national level. The goal is to engage 400 students in the initial pilot program so they can create their first regional college-to-career pipeline. In addition, the goal was to help more students from minority backgrounds obtain leadership positions in business. ECMCF funding supports MLT's ability to create partnerships with local colleges, match scholars with MLT coaches and mentors, provide professional development workshops and networking events as well as perform ongoing evaluation of student outcomes and program effectiveness.
  • Investigating Virtual Learning in Vocational Higher Education
    Grantee
    University of California, Irvine
    Amount
    $32450
    Locations
    California
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2015
    Focus
    Overview
    University of California, Irvine received funding to conduct research about the challenges and opportunities regarding virtual learning in contemporary vocational education. The goal is to create a body of knowledge regarding the strengths and limitations of using technology to bolster vocational education. They seek to engage and survey more than 75 students and administrators in vocational education programs at for-profit colleges and community colleges in California. ECMCF provides funds for personnel costs and travel to support research design, data collection and analysis.
  • Bridge Funding for Accreditation and Scale
    Grantee
    College Unbound
    Amount
    $150000
    Locations
    Rhode Island
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2018
    Focus
    accreditation
    Overview
    College Unbound received funding to prepare eligibility documentation for federal financial aid, which is key to achieving accreditation. The goal is to build CU’s capacity, develop back office structures and procedures, and ensure CU becomes an eligible institution to receive federal financial aid. ECMCF funding will provide support for staff salaries.
  • Accelerating CTE
    Grantee
    Jobs for the Future
    Amount
    $950000
    Locations
    Kentucky, Kansas
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2015
    Focus
    Overview
    Jobs for the Future (JFF) develops innovative career pathways, educational resources and public policies that increase college readiness and career success to build a more highly skilled workforce and strengthen the economy. JFF received funding to launch the Accelerating Career and Technical Education (CTE) initiative on four community college campuses. JFF seeks to extend and enhance basic skills delivery with technical training, supplemental instruction, enhanced student supports and stackable credentials. The goal is to improve CTE course and credential completion rates in participating colleges by 10-15% and to improve job placement rates. ECMCF funding provides for the hiring and training of professional staff and consultants as well as implementation of the programs at participating colleges.
  • I Know What I Owe Campaign
    Grantee
    uAspire
    Amount
    $450000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2015
    Focus
    Overview
    uAspire equips students with the financial awareness necessary to access college and to afford their continuing education by interpreting their acceptance letters, developing a college payment plan, navigating student loans, researching scholarships and answering college affordability questions. uAspire received funding to conduct award letter review sessions with students as well as analyze and report on award letter data. uAspire is building the capacity of frontline practitioners through the Training and Technical Assistance program, High Impact Partnership with school systems, and Program Directors Fellows Program. The goal is to gather information from over 2,000 additional award letters. ECMCF funding provides uAspire support to assess and revise the Award Letter data system, share findings with partners, solicit feedback to adjust the data collection and reporting process, improve partner recruitment, enhance the Fellows Program and launch a second cohort of trained leaders.
  • Chicago Expansion and New Program Development
    Grantee
    iMentor
    Amount
    $450000
    Locations
    Illinois
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2015
    Focus
    Overview
    iMentor is a whole school-based mentoring program that matches public high school students with college-educated mentors. iMentor matched more than 15,000 students with mentors in communities across the country and scaled their growth to serve more than 5,000 students annually with mentors committing to at least three years to the program. iMentor received funding to expand its model to a new site. The goal is to improve and strengthen relationships between students and their mentors as well as to increase high school and college graduation rates. ECMCF funding provides support for the first two years of the iMentor Chicago program serving 2,400 students annually and will also help redesign the 11th and 12th grade curricula for navigating the college application process.
  • Summer Success Academy
    Grantee
    Georgia State University Foundation
    Amount
    $250000
    Locations
    Georgia
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2015
    Focus
    Overview
    Georgia State University Foundation received funding to hire a Program Director, secure a data and analytics team, operate the program and produce assessments. The goals are to develop a model for using predictive analytics to identify students for the program that can be distributed to other public universities, and to add more systematic career exploration programming and to expand the enrollment to 450 students.
  • College Possible Chicago + Philadelphia
    Grantee
    College Possible
    Amount
    $400000
    Locations
    Pennsylvania, Illinois
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2015
    Focus
    Overview
    College Possible closes the degree divide for low-income students in partnership with AmeriCorps coaches who provide one-on-one and group guidance through every stage of the college admission process and throughout their college career as they work toward graduation and workforce entry. College Possible received funding to expand the program to two new sites. They will double the number of students served and helped more than 300 juniors and seniors at six partner high schools. The goal is to close the achievement gap. ECMCF funding provides academic support that begins with ACT and SAT test preparation, college application assistance, financial aid consulting, guidance in the college transition and support toward college degree completion.
  • National Program Growth
    Grantee
    Bottom Line
    Amount
    $500000
    Locations
    New York, Massachusetts, Illinois
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2016
    Focus
    Overview
    Bottom Line provides one-on-one guidance for low-income and first-generation students from the college application process until college graduation to close the opportunity and achievement gaps. Bottom Line received funding to recruit, hire and train managers and counselors to increase the number of students served, to explore key pilot program innovations and to expand to a new city. The goal is to scale to serve 11,000 students annually. ECMCF funding provides support to hire two new managers and nine counselors, to establish a local office, to formalize local program partners and to recruit students.
  • Renewing Communities
    Grantee
    The Opportunity Institute
    Amount
    $600000
    Locations
    California
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2016
    Focus
    Overview
    The Opportunity Institute promotes social mobility and equity by improving outcomes from early childhood through early career. The Opportunity Institute received funding to expand Renewing Communities, a statewide initiative designed to improve and expand higher education opportunities for criminal justice-involved Californians. The goal was to pilot high-quality college programs for currently and formerly incarcerated Californians in prisons, jails and on college campuses. They hope to replicate the program throughout California, build strong links between the criminal justice and higher education systems and lay the groundwork for long-term systems change. ECMCF funding provides staff with salaries, benefits and training. It also supports sub-contracts to the Stanford Criminal Justice Center and to the Vera Institute of Justice.
  • Industrial Safety Training Equipment
    Grantee
    Ilisagvik College
    Amount
    $32000
    Locations
    Alaska
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2015
    Focus
    Overview
    Iḷisaġvik College provides students with career and technical educational opportunities to improve their prospects for employment. Iḷisaġvik College received funding to expand the Industrial Safety program by purchasing and updating industrial safety and training equipment to meet OSHA standards. They will purchase an on-site portable fit tester so that the training manager can instruct for the fit test certification. The goal is to develop highly trained and qualified students who can contribute to the economy and build the workforce of the North Slope/Arctic region. ECMCF funding supports 175 participants so that they can train on-site using Class A personal protective equipment and successfully complete the Industrial Safety program for a certification.
  • Learning Lab + Measurement Initiative
    Grantee
    New Profit
    Amount
    $500000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2016
    Focus
    Overview
    New Profit is a nonprofit venture philanthropy fund that supports college access and success for low-income students. The Learning Lab is a cross-sector collaboration of top funders, social entrepreneurs, college and K-12 leaders and researchers who will establish priorities, accelerate adoption of best practices and surface high-potential research initiatives for investment. New Profit received funding for a leadership initiative to build the capacity of field leaders to drive college readiness and college retention outcomes. They developed a set of common definitions for key measures in college access as well as provide support, coordination assistance and public recognition for major funders adopting the transparency principles. The goal is to have 15 leading college access and success organizations publically adopt a set of common measurement definitions and principles. ECMCF funding supports facilitation costs for New Profit, stipends for the working group organizations and small grants to support a set of influential organizations migrating their data systems to the new definitions.
  • Chatbot Initiative
    Grantee
    Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
    Amount
    $400000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2016
    Focus
    Overview
    The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation (JKCF) is a private, independent foundation dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. The JKCF received funding to create a consortium of funders and technology experts to develop a college advising Chatbot using IBM’s Watson technology, a supercomputer that combines artificial intelligence and sophisticated analytical software for optimal performance as a “question answering” machine. The goal is to consolidate information available about college application support, financial aid/scholarships and test preparation. Another goal is to not only increase college attendance and acceptance but also the quality of schools students apply to. ECMCF funding provides resources to bring thought leaders together and to develop the technology.
  • Transfer Success Program
    Grantee
    MDC
    Amount
    $137000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2016
    Focus
    Overview
    MDC works with policymakers, grassroots community leaders, business people, educators and nonprofits to solve social, financial and educational problems for underserved people in the American South. MDC received funding to conduct a one-time research project centered on transfer policies for low-income students. The goal is to make recommendations for state postsecondary systems to improve institutional capacity around helping students transfer from community colleges to four-year institutions so they can secure living-wage work. ECMCF funding allows MDC to gather data through surveys, a series of administrator and student interviews, site visits as well as observation of community college institutional policies and practices.
  • Expanding the Promise of Competency-Based Education
    Grantee
    Jobs for the Future
    Amount
    $50000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2016
    Focus
    Overview
    Jobs for the Future (JFF) develops innovative career pathways, educational resources and public policies that increase college readiness and career success to build a more highly skilled workforce and to strengthen the economy. JFF received funding to identify a research framework for how best to structure competency-based education (CBE) for underprepared students. They will perform a comprehensive literature review and environmental scan, develop an investigative framework and formulate a series of key research questions. JFF’s goal is to identify the foundational elements of a CBE model that supports underprepared learners. ECMCF funding provides for staff salaries and benefits.
  • Dental Health Aide Therapist (DHAT) Educational Program
    Grantee
    Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
    Amount
    $200000
    Locations
    Alaska
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2016
    Focus
    Overview
    Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) provides high quality health services for American Indian/Alaska Natives. The Alaska Dental Health Aide Therapist (DHAT) program trains students to become front-line oral health providers in Alaska’s remote communities. ANTHC received funding to hire a professional dental consultant for one year and to pay for a staff member to complete the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) Initial Accreditation Application. The goal is to become the first accredited dental therapy program in the United States. ECMCF funding provides for the development and improvement of a system of oral health care delivery in Alaska.
  • The Competency-Based Education Expansion Project
    Grantee
    Jobs for the Future
    Amount
    $250000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2016
    Focus
    Overview
    Jobs for the Future (JFF) develops innovative career pathways, educational resources and public policies that increase college readiness and career success and build a more highly skilled workforce. JFF received funding to expand the Competency-Based Education program (CBE) by focusing research on how CBE designs could integrate career readiness strategies. JFF’s goal is to increase the field’s knowledge of and interest in research and design principles to promote responsibly built CBE models for underprepared learners. ECMCF funding provides support for operational costs as well as staff salaries, benefits and travel.
  • College Achievement in Reentry Technical Assistance Project (CARTAP)
    Grantee
    The College and Community Fellowship
    Amount
    $260500
    Locations
    Pennsylvania, North Carolina, New York
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2016
    Focus
    Overview
    College and Community Fellowship (CCF) eliminates individual, social, and structural barriers to higher education for formerly incarcerated women. CCF received funding to hire a Curriculum Development Consultant and Program Director to lay the groundwork for large-scale technical assistance programming to assist community-based reentry organizations. The goal is to help more than 5,000 underserved adults earn high-quality postsecondary credentials that lead to sustained, gainful employment in the next five years. ECMCF funding provides the staff salaries and benefits for the Curriculum Development Consultant and Program Director, computer technology and website design, Office supplies, advertising, professional development and travel.
  • The Future at Work: Accelerating Career Pathways for Opportunity Youth
    Grantee
    LeadersUp
    Amount
    $750000
    Locations
    Illinois, California
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2016
    Focus
    Overview
    LeadersUp aligns employer demand with reliable and cost-effective talent pipelines by connecting youth with the opportunity to pursue high-quality credentials that can lead to career advancement and wage progression. LeadersUp received funding to expand their current programming to place youth in entry-level positions with opportunities to earn stackable credentials and certificates at community colleges or community-based partner programs that place them on a managerial track. The goal is to gain commitments from 100 companies to connect 5,000 young adults to career pathways across 10 U.S. markets by 2017. ECMCF funding provides for staff salaries and benefits, outreach and marketing, technology for training as well as the design and production of publications.
  • Streamlining the Curriculum Approval Process: local and regional
    Grantee
    Butte Community College Foundation
    Amount
    $100000
    Locations
    California
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2016
    Focus
    Overview
    The California Community Colleges System (CCCS) is the largest system of higher education in the world, serving more than 2.4 million students across 113 community colleges in 72 community college districts. CCCS received funding to streamline the approval process for the local, regional and state curriculum. The goal is to ensure that the California Community Colleges are positioned to meet California’s labor market needs in a timely and responsive manner. The North Far North Regional Consortium staff will assist with meeting logistics, ensure that the Coordinating Council is informed at each stage and encourage local participation. ECMCF funding provides for consulting fees, Office supplies and travel.
  • PeerForward Expansion Project
    Grantee
    PeerForward
    Amount
    $300000
    Locations
    District of Columbia, West Virginia, Virginia, South Carolina, Oklahoma, New York, New Jersey, Missouri, Michigan, Maryland, Florida, Connecticut, California
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2016
    Focus
    Overview
    College Summit trains, deploys and coaches teams of high school students from low-income communities their local schools to boost college preparation and post-secondary enrollment across an entire high school. With support from the Bridgespan Group, College Summit created a business plan to become a more affordable and efficient model. College Summit received funding to expand the PeerForward initiative, a program focused on the organization’s peer-driven strategy, synthesizing the most effective programmatic pilots of the past several years and positioning for rapid scalability. The goal is to expand College Summit's PeerForward Program from 200 to 400 schools. ECMCF funding provides support for ongoing operations to expand and support scaling of the PeerForward model.
  • College Transition and Persistence Initiative
    Grantee
    Onward We Learn
    Amount
    $250000
    Locations
    Rhode Island
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2016
    Focus
    Overview
    The College Crusade is Rhode Island’s largest and most comprehensive college readiness and persistence program. College Crusade received funding to hire two of four Transition Counselors who will offer college orientation, time management and study skills workshops, FAFSA renewal support and other activities through group advisory sessions. The goal is to increase college acceptance and graduation rates. ECMCF funding allows The Crusade to place Transition Counselors where the need is greatest.
  • College Retention Program
    Grantee
    Bright Prospect
    Amount
    $300000
    Locations
    California
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2016
    Focus
    Overview
    Bright Prospect is a Southern California-based nonprofit dedicated to providing wrap-around academic services and quality counseling for high-potential, low-income students so that they can gain admission to, succeed in and graduate from four-year colleges and universities. Bright Prospect received funding for the College Retention Program and a Pre-College Crews Retreat program for graduating high school seniors. The goal is to increase the number of college students served from 1,000 to 1,340 students over 3 years. ECMCF funding provides support for program staff, program activities, communication and technology needs as well as travel to visit schools.
  • Grad Guru Evaluation and Capacity Building
    Grantee
    GradGuru
    Amount
    $150000
    Locations
    California
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2016
    Focus
    Overview
    GradGears’ products reduce community college drop-out rates and increase students’ academic success through interactive technology that provides academic intervention and integrates campus support systems. GradGears received financial support for the organizational capacity building efforts and the third-party evaluation for its nudge app, Grad Guru. The goal is to improve community college student retention and graduation rates through intrusive advising via the app. ECMC funding provides support for staff, app development, and partially for the expenses of third-party evaluation.
  • Teaching College Access and Success Skills Online
    Grantee
    National College Access Network
    Amount
    $400000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2016
    Focus
    Overview
    National College Access Network (NCAN) is a national membership organization dedicated to improving the quality and quantity of support that underrepresented students receive to apply to, enter and succeed in college. NCAN received funding to enhance and deploy their online learning platform. The goal is to increase the percentage of underserved students who are prepared for, admitted to and attending a higher education institution by 50% in 2017 and by 100% in 2018. An extension of this goal is to train 3,000 users over two years and will reach 300,000 students. ECMCF funding supports development of e-learning tools as well as establish marketing channels and partnerships to increase growth.
  • Promising Pathways in Career Technical Education in Heath Care Fields
    Grantee
    Public Policy Institute of California
    Amount
    $125157
    Locations
    California
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2016
    Focus
    Overview
    The Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) informs and improves public policy in California through independent, objective, nonpartisan research on major economic, social and political issues. PPIC received funding to study the career pathways of a large and diverse group of students who enroll in career technical education health programs at California’s community colleges. The goal was to identify factors that explain variation in labor market returns for a large subset of community college credentials. ECMCF funding provides salaries for research and communications staff, external review and distribution of the publication as well as support logistics to prepare and present a briefing in Sacramento.
  • Aspen Institute Fellowship for Community College Excellence
    Grantee
    Aspen Institute
    Amount
    $550000
    Locations
    District of Columbia, Wisconsin, Washington, Virginia, Texas, Rhode Island, Oregon, Oklahoma, Ohio, North Carolina, New York, New Mexico, New Jersey, Nebraska, Michigan, Massachusetts, Maryland, Kansas, Indiana, Illinois, Hawaii, Georgia, Florida, Colorado, California, Alaska, Arizona, Alabama
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2016
    Focus
    Overview
    The Aspen Institute fosters leadership based on enduring values and provides a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues through education and policy studies. Aspen received funding for Cohort 2 of the Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence. The Aspen Presidential Fellowship is a ten-month program, created in collaboration with Stanford University, in which 40 selected leaders engage in four action-oriented residential seminars, tap into the expertise of community college president mentors and create a unique presidential strategy for achieving community college excellence. The goal is to help underserved adults earn high-quality postsecondary credentials that lead to sustained, gainful employment. ECMCF funding provides support for key elements of the implementation of the second round of the Fellowship, including outreach and recruitment of applicants, the selection process and the four residential sessions.
  • General Communications & Marketing Capacity
    Grantee
    Achieving the Dream
    Amount
    $400000
    Locations
    Maryland
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2016
    Focus
    Overview
    Achieving the Dream (ATD) leads the nation’s largest non-governmental community college reform network. ATD received funding to support the build and implement an organization-wide communications strategy. ATD’s goal is to customize digital engagement with key audiences and to align objectives and outcomes. ECMCF funding supports a permanent Director of Communications and Marketing, a newly designed website and interface for network connection, a digital communications strategy, creation of a ROI tool and critical communications thought leadership for their CEO.
  • Year Up's Share What We Know Product Design and Development Project
    Grantee
    Year Up, Inc.
    Amount
    $750000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2016
    Focus
    Overview
    Year Up Offers young adults a high-caliber, research-validated direct service program that includes six months of professional and technical skill development, followed by a six-month professional internship. Year Up received funding to assist other youth-serving institutions by developing video lectures, interactive testing, print based group assignments, training mechanisms and evaluation protocol. The goal is to help underserved adults earn high-quality postsecondary credentials that lead to sustained, gainful employment. ECMCF funding provides salaries for consultants and professional staff as well as supports research and evaluation activities.
  • College PAC Program
    Grantee
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles
    Amount
    $149050
    Locations
    California
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2016
    Focus
    Overview
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles (BBBSLA) continues to see how the transformative impact of mentoring changes the trajectory for the most vulnerable and underserved children and youth. BBBSLA received financial support for their College Preparation, Access, Completion (PAC) Program, which offers one-to-one mentoring relationships that cultivate college success culture among low-income and first generation youth of color and their families in Los Angeles. The goals are for BBBSLA to secure strategic partnerships to develop a successful college transition program for its students via developing a Summer Bridge Program curriculum, collecting high school graduation rate and college bound rates data, and hiring a College PAC Program Coordinator to oversee the program. ECMC funding specifically supports the high-school-level program, PAC III, and its development.
  • UC Merced U.direct
    Grantee
    University of California, Merced
    Amount
    $150000
    Locations
    California
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2016
    Focus
    Overview
    UC Merced expands access to the UC system for students throughout the state, with a special mission to increase college-going rates among students in the San Joaquin Valley. UC Merced received funding to implement u.direct, a web tool that integrates with an existing automated degree audit and registration tool. u.direct will provide students with advisor-prepared roadmaps so that they can look up course descriptions, review available sections and create personal term-by-term course plans. Their goal was to engage UC Merced students in their academic planning, enhance academic advising services, increase graduation rates and decrease time to degree completion. ECMCF funding supported the initial licensing and installation of the product which includes a six month contract hire for campus-based IT support services during implementation and training.
  • Starlink Training Network
    Grantee
    ECMC Education
    Amount
    $294850
    Locations
    Minnesota
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2016
    Focus
    Overview
    Zenith Education Group (ZEG) is a nonprofit provider of career school training offering programs in information technology, allied health, and the trades. Zenith operates the Altierus Career College (Altierus) campuses in Tampa, FL, Norcross, GA, and Bissonnet, TX. Zenith Education Group received funding to provide faculty, deans and staff with access to more than 200 hours of leading edge, web-based, academically rigorous professional development opportunities through the Starlink Training Network. They will enable Zenith Education to transcend basic ACCSC compliance and to accomplish faculty professional development effectiveness appropriate for a high performing academic institution. The goal is to achieve 100% accomplishment of ACCSC and programmatic specific accreditation professional development CEU requirements by December 31, 2016. They also seek 5% annual growth in professional development hours and a 5% growth in student satisfaction over 2 years. ECMCF funding will provide operations support to implement the Starlink system.
  • The LA Reentry Workforce Collaborative Pre-Apprenticeship Program
    Grantee
    The Anti-Recidivism Coalition
    Amount
    $150000
    Locations
    California
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2016
    Focus
    Overview
    The Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC) advocates for fair policies in the juvenile and criminal justice systems and provides housing, counseling and academic support for more than 300 currently and formerly incarcerated individuals. ARC received funding for a pre-apprenticeship pilot program focused in the building and construction trades. Participants visited job sites and met with potential employers. The goal is to reduce the rate of probation violations filed by the Los Angeles County Probation Department and to reduce recidivism rates of formerly incarcerated individuals in Los Angeles County. ECMCF funding provides stipends for participants and salary for staff members.
  • Linking Workforce Systems and Community Colleges for Adult Learner Success
    Grantee
    Council for Adult and Experiential Learning
    Amount
    $798636
    Locations
    Washington, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Florida
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2016
    Focus
    Overview
    The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) creates and manages effective learning and assessment strategies for adults, with a special focus on lower-skilled workers and those who do not have easy access to postsecondary education. CAEL received funding to establish strategies and develop processes to grow the adult learner pipeline. The goal is to increase the number of workforce participants gaining college credits and postsecondary credentials. ECMCF funding provides consulting services, hiring of professional staff, travel, research and evaluation.
  • Community College Roadtrip
    Grantee
    Roadtrip Nation, Ltd.
    Amount
    $850000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2016
    Focus
    Overview
    Roadtrip Nation provides self-discovery resources to empower individuals so that they can identify their interests, explore the stories of real-world professionals, and discover career pathways aligned with their unique ambitions and skills. Roadtrip Nation received funding to send a team of three community college Roadtrippers to travel and interview professionals that also attended community college. They filmed and broadcast interviews on public television and RTN media channels. They marketed their work through education partnerships and social media. Their goal was to showcase successful professionals with a community college education to help other students visualize how far community college can take them and what other skills and competencies might be needed. ECMCF funding provided all content development and distribution costs associated with this experience.
  • Investing in Single Mothers’ Education: Costs and Benefits to Individuals, Families, and Society
    Grantee
    Institute for Women's Policy Research
    Amount
    $375000
    Locations
    District of Columbia
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2016
    Focus
    Overview
    The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) conducts quantitative, qualitative and policy analysis on women’s issues. IWPR received funding to analyze the costs and benefits of investing in postsecondary education and related support services for single mothers. IWPR will identify the costs and benefits of investments in credential and degree programs through a review of existing literature, an analysis of postsecondary education and compilation of program costs. The goal is to provide a quantitative evidence base for investing in the human capital of single mothers. The study aims to launch a national conversation of how supports for single mother families can create more diverse, successful postsecondary institutions, strengthen local economies and build opportunity for generations to come. ECMCF funding support the recruitment and hiring of professional staff as well as purchase of technology and Office supplies.
  • National Scan of Transition Curricula
    Grantee
    Teacher's College, Columbia University
    Amount
    $250000
    Locations
    New York
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2016
    Focus
    Overview
    The Community College Research Center (CCRC) at Teachers College, Columbia University is committed to help students enter college ready for higher education. CCRC received funding to conduct a national scan focused on obtaining more detailed information on high school-to-college transition curriculum designs and policies. In addition to identifying curricula that improve math and English skills, the goal is to expand CCRC's exploration to include ways that students are systematically provided with opportunities to choose college majors and careers during the senior year of high school. In addition, CCRC's goal is to present their research finding to policymakers and administrators in higher education. ECMCF funding allows CCRC to conduct research and develop a report that can be widely shared within the postsecondary education field.
  • Ohio Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) Demonstration
    Grantee
    MDRC
    Amount
    $350000
    Locations
    Ohio
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2016
    Focus
    Overview
    MDRC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan education and social policy research organization that manages national, large-scale demonstrations and evaluations focused on postsecondary education. Developed in 2007 by the City University of New York (CUNY), Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) improves the graduation and time-to-degree rates for low-income community college students through an integrated three-year package of financial, academic and support services. MDRC received funding to continue implementation and rigorous evaluation of ASAP Ohio programs at three community colleges. The goal is to develop and present a policy brief describing the best practices from ASAP implementation including the early impact findings on full-time enrollment and credit accumulation. ECMCF funding provides direct program support to each of the three colleges and supports staff, evaluation and communications.
  • Project Self Sufficiency Expansion Program
    Grantee
    Project Self Sufficiency
    Amount
    $378977
    Locations
    California
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2016
    Focus
    Overview
    Project Self Sufficiency Foundation (PSSF) supports highly motivated, low–income single parents in their attainment of economic self-sufficiency through education, personal development and job training. PSSF received funding to expand the Project Self Sufficiency (PSS) program through which PSSF provides case management, practical financial support and basic resources to assist single parents to pursue a vocational trade certificate, Associate’s degree or Bachelor’s Degree. The goal is to provide a long-term relationship, wraparound services and a path to self-sufficiency for single parents in Orange County. ECMCF funding supports advertising, professional staff salaries, computers, access to technology and insurance.
  • Surgical Technology Program Expansion
    Grantee
    ECMC Education
    Amount
    $1952500
    Locations
    Texas, Georgia, Florida
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2016
    Focus
    Overview
    Zenith Education Group (ZEG) is a nonprofit provider of career school training offering programs in information technology, allied health, and the trades. Zenith operates the Altierus Career College (Altierus) campuses in Tampa, FL, Norcross, GA, and Bissonnet, TX. Zenith Education Group received funding to build-out surgical technology labs at the Altierus campuses and expand an existing program to other locations. The goal is to bring at least one limited enrollment health program to each campus and to expand existing curriculum to campuses where there is demonstrated market demand for the graduates. ECMCF funding will provide for four completed surgical technology instructional laboratories and will support hiring of a qualified, credentialed dean of surgical technology.
  • Blended Learning Training
    Grantee
    ECMC Education
    Amount
    $115261
    Locations
    Texas, Georgia, Florida
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2016
    Focus
    Overview
    Zenith Education Group (ZEG) is a nonprofit provider of career school training offering programs in information technology, allied health, and the trades. Zenith operates the Altierus Career College (Altierus) campuses in Tampa, FL, Norcross, GA, and Bissonnet, TX. Zenith Education Group received funding to implement a blended learning model with a student focus. They seek to demonstrate academic leadership commitment and socialization and to ensure team member engagement and an effort to make the change successful. The goal is to socialize and train all Zenith Education Group faculty and staff on blended learning and accelerated course value proposition, pedagogy and the associated technology in the classroom. ECMCF funding will support campus convenings, training and communications materials.
  • Aspiring Minority Serving Institutions Leaders Forum and Mentorship Program
    Grantee
    Rutgers University Foundation
    Amount
    $370644
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2016
    Focus
    leadership development
    Overview
    The Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI) is a research center that is dedicated to supporting, highlighting the work of, and tackling the challenges of Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), college campuses serving students from historically underrepresented. CMSI received funding for the Aspiring Minority Serving Institutions Leaders Forum and Mentorship Program to bring together prominent MSI leadership to engage with 60 mid-career administrators from the education, nonprofit and business sectors. The goal is to cultivate future MSI presidents, strengthen participants’ pathways to leadership and build connections with peers with similar aspirations and abilities. ECMCF funding provides staffing, outreach and travel to report on the Aspiring Leaders Forum and various national leadership conferences.
  • Success Partnerships for Systems Change
    Grantee
    College Forward
    Amount
    $445000
    Locations
    Texas
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2016
    Focus
    Overview
    College Forward is a college access program that seeks to reform college completion by 2040. The Success Partnerships initiative is a campus-based peer-mentoring program that seeks to increase post-secondary retention, persistence and graduation and facilitates two-year to four-year college transfers. College Forward received funding to scale to eight additional institutions by fall 2017 and directly serve an additional 4,000 college students from traditionally underserved backgrounds. The goal is to improve outcomes for the most vulnerable students by transforming the Success Partnerships program from a direct-service model to a systems-change model that focuses change at the institutional level. ECMCF funding supports College Forward's development of college transition plans, updated curriculum and custom financial sustainability.
  • Teacher and Leader Development: Replicating a College Success Model
    Grantee
    OneGoal
    Amount
    $400000
    Locations
    Texas, New York, Massachusetts, Illinois, Georgia
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2016
    Focus
    Overview
    OneGoal recruits and selects high-performing teachers in low-income communities and provides them with the training and support to become OneGoal Program Directors who will implement a three-year college success model with a cohort of students beginning in junior year of high school through the first day of sophomore year of college. OneGoal received funding for the Teacher and Leader Development program. Their goal was to increase teacher development effectiveness and to create a scalable solution for schools and districts. In addition, the goal is to provide a school’s highest-performing teachers with the skills, tools and resources to invest in the long-term success of their students and to build a teacher’s investment in a school community, leading to a highly effective teacher retention strategy for schools and districts. ECMCF funding provides teacher training and codified support structures.
  • Institute of Design and Innovation (IDI) EdTech Venture
    Grantee
    University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center
    Amount
    $440000
    Locations
    New Mexico
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2016
    Focus
    Overview
    The University of New Mexico (UNM) is the state’s flagship research institution, serving more than 30,000 students across its main campus and four branch campus locations. The Institute of Design & Innovation (IDI) was created at UNM to facilitate improvements that affect educational outcomes through the creation of interactive analytical tools and applications. UNM received funding to create an education technology (EdTech) venture that leverages IDI’s expertise to improve the college success rates of underserved student populations. IDI will create a mission-driven benefit corporation, develop a go-to-market strategy and bring an initial set of tools to market. The goal is to provide all higher education institutions with affordable tools to make quick and strategic data-driven decisions that impact student success in underserved populations. ECMCF funding provides resources for the EdTech venture.
  • Chopping for Change
    Grantee
    Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry
    Amount
    $150000
    Locations
    Ohio
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2016
    Focus
    Overview
    Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry (LMM) empowers people to obtain job skills for gainful employment, helps them locate and maintain stable housing and provides counseling so that they can stay out of prison and become self-sufficient, productive members of the community. LMM has partnered with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections to provide pre-release culinary training and behavioral health services for incarcerated individuals. LMM received funding to scale regional efforts of Chopping for Change, the only job-training program in Ohio that takes inmates out of jails and into civilian custody for training. They also will conduct a feasibility study to develop an additional certificate program. The goal is to end recidivism for incarcerated women in Northeast Ohio. ECMCF funding supports professional staffing requirements and will help them purchase program supplies.
  • IT Training Program
    Grantee
    Just-A-Start Corporation
    Amount
    $59928
    Locations
    Massachusetts
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2016
    Focus
    Overview
    Just-A-Start (JAS) is a community development corporation dedicated to building the housing security and economic stability of low-to moderate-income people. JAS received funding to JAS career pathway program by launching a new IT training program with a focus on positions in user support or data management. The goal is to increase the number of individuals who develop occupation-focused competencies related to information technology and computer science. They hope to provide participants with technological skills that span industries to increase opportunities to pursue competitive careers. ECMCF funding provides salaries for professional staff and will allow for the purchase of computers and other technology.
  • Skills for America's Future General Operating Support
    Grantee
    Skills for Chicagoland's Future
    Amount
    $50000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2016
    Focus
    Overview
    Skills for Chicagoland’s Future applies demand-driven employment principles locally in the Chicagoland area by partnering directly with employers, identifying their talent needs and matching them with qualified unemployed and underemployed talent. Skills received funding to launch a strong, independent national organization to create the infrastructure needed for future expansions while preserving local sites’ exclusive focus on their own communities. They will bring the success of the Chicago model to scale through regional adaptation and implementation. The goal is to leverage and link best practices, employer relationships and funding opportunities to create effective, scalable talent solutions for the affiliate sites. ECMCF funding supports professional staff, advertising and travel.
  • Simulations: Real-World Experience for Business Students
    Grantee
    ECMC Education
    Amount
    $116555
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2016
    Focus
    Overview
    Zenith Education Group (ZEG) is a nonprofit provider of career school training offering programs in information technology, allied health, and the trades. Zenith operates the Altierus Career College (Altierus) campuses in Tampa, FL, Norcross, GA, and Bissonnet, TX. Zenith Education Group received funding to implement the McGraw-Hill “Practice Marketing for Practical Learning” simulation to research best practices in simulations and gaming in education. The goal is to improve online student outcomes in the Introduction to Marketing course for Business AAS campus and online students. ECMCF funding will provide registration, travel and lodging for four committee members to attend the ISET 2017 Conference and Expo.
  • RTWBC Employer/Education Initiative
    Grantee
    Ready to Work Business Collaborative
    Amount
    $80000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2016
    Focus
    Overview
    The Ready To Work Business Collaborative (RTWBC) identifies, promotes and expands the use of best practices that help employers and workforce intermediaries create pathways to employment for populations often underutilized by the labor market. RTWBC received funding to help employers fill open positions that require more education and training than a high school diploma but less than a four-year college degree. They will alert corporations to adopt best practices in job recruitment, candidate screening and training. They also seek to provide targeted education, re-education and job training. RTWBC’s goal is to convene businesses, educational institutions, and leaders in government and media to share best practices, develop collective strategies and document outcome measures for middle-skill workers. ECMCF funding provides salaries for professional staff and consultants, advertising and supplies.
  • Workforce Transitions
    Grantee
    One Million Degrees
    Amount
    $242000
    Locations
    Illinois
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2017
    Focus
    Overview
    OMD supports highly motivated, low-income community college students to complete their degrees and position themselves for long-term success in the workforce by embedding personal, academic, financial and professional supports at the City Colleges of Chicago. OMD received funding to create a new role, Director of Career Transitions who will be focused on the research, design and initial implementation of workforce readiness and transition components. The goal is to increase OMD’s capacity to provide thoughtful, comprehensive, career advice and planning to the students they serve in an effort to increase the job placement and retention rates of graduates. ECMCF funding supports the search and on-boarding process for the new staff member.
  • Math Pathways
    Grantee
    WestEd
    Amount
    $500000
    Locations
    Wyoming, Washington, Texas, Ohio, New York, New Jersey, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Georgia, Florida, Connecticut, California
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2017
    Focus
    Overview
    Carnegie Foundation is dedicated to developing networks of ideas, individuals and institutions to advance teaching and learning. Carnegie received funding for its Math Pathways program, a course series that guides students who would have otherwise been placed in developmental courses through required college-level mathematics in a single year. Math Pathways' goal is to expand across the country to offer the course series to increasing numbers of community college students at partner campuses. ECMCF funding supports the expansion of the program.
  • Los Angeles Scholars Investment Fund
    Grantee
    California Community Foundation
    Amount
    $250000
    Locations
    California
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2017
    Focus
    Overview
    CCF is committed to improving the quality of life of all Los Angeles County residents through grantmaking focused on positive systemic change. CCF received funding for the Los Angeles Scholars Investment Fund (LASIF). LASIF invested at least $1.5 million in grantmaking and complementary activities to identify and support promising practices that better reach and serve local high school students in the space of college access and completion. The goal is for LASIF to have a specific focus on expanding opportunities for young men of color. ECMCF funding supports LASIF's grantmaking initiatives on behalf of young men of color.
  • National Expansion Strategy
    Grantee
    One Million Degrees
    Amount
    $300000
    Locations
    Illinois
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2017
    Focus
    Overview
    OMD supports highly motivated, low-income community college students to complete their degrees and position themselves for long-term success in the workforce by embedding personal, academic, financial and professional supports at the City Colleges of Chicago. OMD received funding to plan and implement its national expansion strategy. The goal is to develop a robust strategy for exploring and pursuing partnerships with community colleges and employers across the country to advance college completion and successful transitions for community college students. ECMCF funding provides support for consultants, content developers, designers, and web developers to develop OMD’s national expansion strategy and model documentation project.
  • Improving College Success by Developing Faculty at Hispanic Serving Institutions
    Grantee
    Excelencia in Education
    Amount
    $144145
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2017
    Focus
    Overview
    Excelencia in Education conducts in-depth research analysis to inform educational policies as well as advance institutional policies and practices. Excelencia in Education received financial support to work with at least eight Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) to examine their faculty development strategies and identify institutional practices that cultivate cultural competence. The goal is to improve the understanding of faculty’s role in the college success of Latino and other students at HSIs in order compel action to increase the representation of Latino faculty, and improve the development of culturally competent faculty and curriculum. ECMCF funding provides support for staff, consultants, and research.
  • Financial Aid Training for Zenith Education Group Student Finance Staff
    Grantee
    ECMC Education
    Amount
    $20131
    Locations
    Texas, Georgia, Florida
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2017
    Focus
    Overview
    Zenith Education Group (ZEG) is a nonprofit provider of career school training offering programs in information technology, allied health, and the trades. Zenith operates the Altierus Career College (Altierus) campuses in Tampa, FL, Norcross, GA, and Bissonnet, TX. Zenith Education Group received support to provide Student Finance Staff with a rigorous program of education in administering the Title IV student financial programs through the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators University (NASFAA U). They will begin by training one Student Finance Staff (SFS) leader, one online SFS staff member, one campus SFS staff member, and one OE staff member, who will obtain their certification and then train other staff. The goal is to better serve students by training SFS, giving them the knowledge and tools to more successfully complete their responsibilities. ECMCF funding will provide support for costs associated with the course and testing.
  • Mapping and Implementing Tactical and Operational Plans
    Grantee
    The Opportunity Network
    Amount
    $400000
    Locations
    New York
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2017
    Focus
    Overview
    The Opportunity Network levels the playing field for low-income high school students by creating access for them to competitive colleges, career opportunities and professional networks. They received a two-year grant to pursue a comprehensive tactical and operational planning and implementation process that will allow the organization to advance their growth. This multi-faceted process will include a comprehensive staff audit, curriculum development for Fellows (OppNet student participants), an increased number of Career Fluency Partnerships, and a formal evaluation to follow Fellows from high school through college degree completion. These efforts will ultimately help OppNet maintain top quality services and outcomes for their students as they grow in size and complexity, particularly for their college-level Fellows.
  • UIA 2.0
    Grantee
    The University Innovation Alliance
    Amount
    $600000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2017
    Focus
    Overview
    Established in 2014, the University Innovation Alliance (UIA) is a consortium of 11 public research universities collaborating to reshape the future of higher education by improving the educational attainment and economic prospects of low-income students. To launch its expansion process, the UIA will develop robust criteria for membership and a strategy for vetting campus interest and onboarding new campus members. At the conclusion of this period, committed universities will join a “pledge class,” or a UIA-like network that would operate independently with guidance from the core membership. The UIA anticipates that new members will bring their own ideas to the table, thus ensuring that the diffusion of best practices for student success circulates between both the core UIA membership and new members.
  • College Promise Campaign
    Grantee
    Civic Nation
    Amount
    $300000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2017
    Focus
    Overview
    The College Promise Campaign (CPC) is a national, nonpartisan, local and state-led higher education initiative beginning in America’s community colleges. CPC’s goal is to make community college free through the establishment of College Promise (“Promise”) programs. CPC received funding to launch a detailed research and analysis of all funding mechanisms currently being used by Promise programs throughout the nation and ultimately craft a playbook of best practices. In developing a network of Financial Sustainability Experts, CPC will leverage their connections to disseminate the finalized playbook and codify best practices across all Promise programs. For the duration of the study, ECMCF supports contracted consultants, staff time, and travel.
  • California College Guidance Initiative
    Grantee
    Foundation for California Community Colleges
    Amount
    $249912
    Locations
    California
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2017
    Focus
    Overview
    The Foundation for California Community Colleges (FCCC) strives to support, benefit, and enhance the California Community Colleges and is the fiscal sponsor and administrative home of the California College Guidance Initiative (CCGI). CCGI is an inter-segmental initiative to increase college guidance and readiness among 6th-12th grade students in order to ensure stronger rates of postsecondary degree completion. With renewed support from ECMCF, CCGI will implement its latest evaluation framework, during which staff will establish databases and comparative datasets (e.g., IPEDS), protocols for capturing and integrating data, and processes for how the information will be reviewed and discussed. CCGI’s data-sharing infrastructure helps to reduce institutional barriers to matriculation by providing educators with the data they need to make more timely and accurate decisions about admission, financial aid, and academic placement.
  • Expanding Opportunities for Girls in Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP) Acceleration
    Grantee
    University of Alaska
    Amount
    $600000
    Locations
    Alaska
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2017
    Focus
    other, technology development, STEM education, multi-institutional collaboration
    Overview
    Based at the University of Alaska, the Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program (ANSEP) is designed to prepare and support Alaska Native students from middle school through graduate school to succeed in engineering and science careers. ANSEP received funding to increase the number of students in the ANSEP Acceleration program, with all additional students being female, as well as build out a data management system to track student metrics across all ANSEP programs. The goal is to expand the Acceleration and University Success programs to increase the number of Alaska Native students who enter and persist through a bachelor’s degree in STEM. ECMCF funding supports the costs of ANSEP program and expansion, professional staff, and data management technology.
  • Industry Informed Stackable Credentials: Accessible Pathways to Degree Completion
    Grantee
    The Center for Occupational Research and Development (CORD)
    Amount
    $959993
    Locations
    Pennsylvania, North Carolina, California
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2017
    Focus
    Overview
    CORD focuses on contextual teaching, seamless transitions from secondary to postsecondary education, and instructional solutions to help America’s technicians remain globally competitive. CORD received financial support to develop frameworks and processes that significantly enhance employer engagement, expand pathways for stackable credentials, create policies that support non-credit/credit integration, and build a peer-learning network. The goal is to institutionalize a local process for designing stackable credentials within any discipline that are consistently informed by employers. ECMCF funding provides pay for consultants, professional staff, office supplies, travel and supports sub-grants to participating colleges.
  • SOME Center for Employment Training (CET)
    Grantee
    So Others Might Eat (SOME), Inc.
    Amount
    $100000
    Locations
    District of Columbia
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2017
    Focus
    Overview
    SOME CET is a licensed Post-Secondary Title IV Vocational Institution that prepares homeless and low-income men and women in DC to secure and retain living wage jobs in fields that have established career ladders and offer opportunities for advancement. SOME received financial support to customize and implement Salesforce software. The goal is to allow SOME to measure and understand the impact of its program in the short- and long-term and to analyze how and to what extent the program improves their students’ financial stability, overall health and quality of life, and to identify aspects of the program that would benefit from further adjustment. ECMCF funding provides fees for consultants, computer hardware and software, and software customization.
  • Zenith Nursing and MA Faculty Symposium
    Grantee
    ECMC Education
    Amount
    $237050
    Locations
    Texas, Georgia, Florida
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2017
    Focus
    Overview
    Zenith Education Group (ZEG) is a nonprofit provider of career school training offering programs in information technology, allied health, and the trades. Zenith operates the Altierus Career College (Altierus) campuses in Tampa, FL, Norcross, GA, and Bissonnet, TX. Zenith Education Group received support for the Zenith Nursing and MA Faculty Symposium, a gathering of all Zenith Education Nursing and MA full-time faculty, part-time and lead faculty, program and department chairs, and deans. They will plan and execute the event and continue monthly Symposium sustainability strategies in the following months with support from Curriculum Deans, Deans of Assessment, and Dean of College Readiness. The goal is to provide faculty and other Altierus leaders with high-impact, student-centered teaching methods and to create a forum for collaborative exploration of curriculum and assessment, which will ultimately serve students. ECMCF funding will provide support for travel, staff, promotional materials, and event accommodations.
  • Alumni Program Development
    Grantee
    Genesys Works
    Amount
    $400000
    Locations
    Texas, Minnesota, Illinois, California
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2017
    Focus
    Overview
    Genesys Works equips and empowers students with the knowledge and skills required to achieve college and career success through four-interlocking components: professional and technical skills training; a paid, year-long, corporate internship; college and career coaching; and alumni support through college and transition to career. They received funding to pursue enhancements to their alumni program, which exists to bridge the achievement gap for alumni by providing focused support services that address the academic and skills disparities found in the communities served. These enhancements include hiring a national alumni manager, launching a micro-grant program, and growing the number of paid internships offered to students during college. ECMCF funding supports costs of staff time, marketing materials, training, and travel.
  • Systems-Level Change to Support Under-Served Asian American and Pacific Islander Students
    Grantee
    APIA Scholars
    Amount
    $300000
    Locations
    Nevada
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2017
    Focus
    Overview
    The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) is the nation's largest non-profit organization devoted to making a difference in the lives of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students by providing them with resources that increase their access to higher education. APIASF received funding to conduct a two-year study with campus partners, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and College of Southern Nevada to examine the perceptions of AAPI students who attend two- and four-year campuses. The study will further analyze the perceptions that staff and leaders may have regarding AAPI students, especially those from underserved communities. Distribution, implementation, and replication of the study will create awareness of the needs and challenges of AAPI students as it relates to college access and enrollment, thereby providing data for postsecondary campuses to proactively target their outreach to underserved and underrepresented AAPIs. For the duration of the study, ECMCF funding supports professional research staff and travel.
  • Highlighting STEM Models at MSIs
    Grantee
    National Academy of Sciences
    Amount
    $250000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2017
    Focus
    Overview
    Chartered through an act of Congress in 1863, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (”National Academies”) are a nonprofit and nonpartisan source of scientific research and policy advice. In response to an urgent need to strengthen STEM education and research opportunities for students from underrepresented minority groups, the National Academies has launched a comprehensive study to inspire and encourage evidence-based improvements in the academic experiences of students in the nation’s nearly 600 Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs). The intent is to create clearer and more efficient pathways to high quality classroom and lab experiences, and to increase student graduation rates with a STEM degree, through innovations on MSI campuses and through federal and state policy reform. ECMCF funding supports the National Academies’ expansive dissemination of their study’s findings across all 600 MSIs as well as into national policy platforms.
  • Zenith Development Office
    Grantee
    ECMC Education
    Amount
    $831000
    Locations
    Minnesota
    Status
    Cancelled
    Year
    2017
    Focus
    Overview
    Zenith Education Group (ZEG) is a nonprofit provider of career school training offering programs in information technology, allied health, and the trades. Zenith operates the Altierus Career College (Altierus) campuses in Tampa, FL, Norcross, GA, and Bissonnet, TX. Zenith Education Group received support to launch the Zenith Development Office, which will be led by the newly created team of Grants Manager and Director of Development. The team will support the needs and build the capacity of Zenith executives and campus leaders while educating donors and prospects about the benefits, value, and distinct nature of Zenith institutions. The goal is to build a culture of philanthropy within Zenith by establishing or improving internal grant-related processes, securing outside grants, and leveraging and expanding current partners. ECMCF funding will provide support for two full-time positions (Director of Development and Grants Manager) with salary, benefits, travel, and professional development.
  • Growing the Dual-Credit Teaching Force
    Grantee
    Jobs for the Future
    Amount
    $400000
    Locations
    Minnesota, Colorado
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2017
    Focus
    Overview
    Jobs for the Future (JFF) develops innovative career pathways, educational resources, and public policies that increase college readiness and career success, and build a more highly skilled workforce. They received funding for their pilot dual enrollment scaling strategy at two school districts (Denver Public Schools and in Minnesota) to growing sufficient numbers of credentialed teachers for dual credit programs at high schools. JFF’s goal is to implement and document a model for increasing the supply and quality of instructors (including high school teachers serving as college adjuncts, as well as full-time college faculty) who teach courses for dual credit, especially in school districts reaching underserved college-goers. ECMCF funding supports costs of instructional coaching specialists, JFF staff time, and teacher incentives.
  • Career Technical Education
    Grantee
    Public Policy Institute of California
    Amount
    $626456
    Locations
    California
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2017
    Focus
    stackable credentials, career pathways
    Overview
    The Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank dedicated to informing and improving public policy in California through independent and objective research on major economic, social, and political issues. PPIC received funding for an intensive research agenda focused on enhancing the success of students in career technical education (CTE). PPIC researchers will conduct three complementary research studies on CTE pathways. The goal is to identify high-value CTE credential pathways that are structured to promote student success, provide an understanding of student services and supports that enhance student success, and investigate strategies that engage CTE students to pursue stackable credentials along a career trajectory. ECMCF funding supports research and communications staff salaries and the cost of research briefings.
  • TRIUMPH
    Grantee
    Triton College
    Amount
    $500000
    Locations
    Illinois
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2018
    Focus
    wraparound services, transfer, reducing completion barriers, mentorship/advising/coaching
    Overview
    Founded in 1964, Triton is one of 48 community colleges in Illinois, serving approximately 12,000 students each academic year and offering over 100 degree and certificate programs. The Triton Undergraduate Men Pursuing Higher Education (TRIUMPH) program enlists campus faculty to provide cohort-based intensive mentoring alongside TRIUMPH’s targeted workshops designed to increase social, emotional and non-cognitive skills for success. TRIUMPH received funding to expand to three local Hispanic Serving Institutions and complete a wide-scale evaluation of the TRIUMPH model. The goal is to scale a sustainable model which will dramatically increase the completion and transfer rates of men of color at minority-serving community college campuses. ECMCF funding will support the costs of staff time, evaluation, training, convenings and consultants.
  • Department and Program Chair Training
    Grantee
    ECMC Education
    Amount
    $93300
    Locations
    Minnesota
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2017
    Focus
    Overview
    Zenith Education Group (ZEG) is a nonprofit provider of career school training offering programs in information technology, allied health, and the trades. Zenith operates the Altierus Career College (Altierus) campuses in Tampa, FL, Norcross, GA, and Bissonnet, TX. Zenith Education Group received support to train Department and Program Chairs, which will provide the essential skills necessary for a Program Chair to function successfully as they serve as a liaison between administration, faculty, students and the community at large while uniting the department or program. The goal is to improve the ability of Department and Program Chairs to effectively carry out their responsibilities as they involve curriculum, faculty management, continuous improvement of teaching and learning, outcomes assessment, budget, and strategic planning. ECMCF funding will provide support for travel, lodging, venue, and consulting costs.
  • Developmental Education Readiness Project
    Grantee
    ECMC Education
    Amount
    $1747854
    Locations
    Texas, Georgia, Florida
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2017
    Focus
    Overview
    Zenith Education Group (ZEG) is a nonprofit provider of career school training offering programs in information technology, allied health, and the trades. Zenith operates the Altierus Career College (Altierus) campuses in Tampa, FL, Norcross, GA, and Bissonnet, TX. Zenith Education Group received support to provide specialized assessment and co-requisite remediation approaches using adaptive learning for degree, diploma, and trade programs, which will replace existing methods of assessment. Zenith leadership will attend a Complete College America Convening and implement ACCUPLACER units and KeyTrain, Hawkes Learning, and WorkKeys subscriptions in order to gauge student success more effectively. The goal is to encourage positive student outcomes—learning, retention, and completion—by improving the current assessment and remediation processes, vendors, and technologies. ECMCF funding will provide support for travel, lodging, testing, and academic subscription costs.
  • Building Maintenance and Weatherization Education
    Grantee
    Ilisagvik College
    Amount
    $120000
    Locations
    Alaska
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2017
    Focus
    Overview
    Ilisagvik College is committed to building strong communities through education and training. As Alaska’s only tribal college, Ilisagvik offers quality postsecondary education for the residents of the North Slope Borough. Ilisagvik College received funding to create two certificates and one associate’s degree in Building Maintenance, an educational pathway with high employment demands in the area. The goal of this grant is to develop and implement the three programs in a progressive stacking model, certificate I followed by certificate II, and finally the associate’s degree. They also will develop location-based texts for instruction. ECMCF funding supports staff salaries, instructor travel, printing, shipping, and supplies.
  • Expanding Access to Postsecondary Education in Prison
    Grantee
    The Vera Institute of Justice
    Amount
    $750000
    Locations
    Wisconsin, West Virginia, Washington, Virginia, Vermont, Texas, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Oklahoma, Ohio, New York, New Jersey, Nebraska, Minnesota, Michigan, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Louisiana, Iowa, Indiana, Florida, Connecticut, California, Arkansas, Alabama
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2017
    Focus
    Overview
    Founded in 1961, the Vera Institute of Justice is a reform organization working to drive change and build justice systems that ensure fairness, promote safety, and strengthen communities. Vera provided significant planning and technical assistance to the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice in the development and launch of the Second Chance Pell (SCP) initiative, which reinstates Pell Grants for qualified incarcerated individuals. Vera received funding to strengthen the college-corrections partnerships with targeted technical assistance while also raising awareness by focusing on communications to and engagement with a wider group of stakeholders to cultivate champions of the program within the states of the SCP sites. The goal of this grant is to help establish college-corrections partnerships that offer credit-bearing courses and opportunities for students to matriculate into a certificate or degree program as well as to build the commitment and support for expansion to more schools with the possibility of greater governmental support. ECMCF funding supports professional staff, staff travel, publications, and conferences.
  • Degrees When Due
    Grantee
    Institute for Higher Education Policy
    Amount
    $715000
    Locations
    Washington, Utah, Texas, New York, New Jersey, Minnesota, Michigan, California
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2017
    Focus
    Overview
    Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) commits to promoting access to and success in higher education for all students—with a special focus on underserved populations—by providing timely research to inform public policy decisions. IHEP received funding to conduct research on the degree reclamation strategies – the efforts to reengage the “some college, no degree” population – currently utilized by institutions and systems. IHEP will also research the impact reclamation has on closing equity gaps, the influence degree reclamation has on state and institutional attainment rates, and the way in which degree reclamation can be scaled. The goal is to increase the adult population with two-year degrees and tackle barriers to completion for adult learners. ECMCF funding provides support for staff salaries, consultants, and travel.
  • Career Pathways and Financial Modeling
    Grantee
    Jeremiah Program
    Amount
    $500000
    Locations
    Minnesota
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2017
    Focus
    Overview
    Jeremiah Program is a national nonprofit dedicated to transforming families headed by single mothers from poverty to prosperity by offering a suite of two-generation supports with a focus on higher education. Jeremiah Program received funding to conduct an environmental scan in each of its communities to assess emerging social, economic, and labor market trends and identify existing local programs and institutions that offer credit-bearing, short-term credentials in career and technical education fields. Jeremiah also will develop more sophisticated financial modeling tools to integrate financial systems that guide the business plan and inform strategic decisions for the organization. The goal is to determine the feasibility of connecting Jeremiah participants to career and technical education credentials as well as to build and implement more efficient, organization-wide financial systems that enable more strategic decisions. ECMCF funding provides support for consultants, staff salaries, technology, office supplies, marketing and communications.
  • Fostering First Year Persistence through Digital Tools
    Grantee
    University of Southern California, Pullias Center for Higher Education
    Amount
    $300000
    Locations
    California
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2017
    Focus
    technology development, mentorship/advising/coaching
    Overview
    The mission of the Pullias Center for Higher Education (Pullias) is to bring a multidisciplinary perspective to complex social, political, and economic issues in higher education. Pullias received funding to address the challenge of decreasing summer melt and increasing freshmen year retention through an innovative, research‐based program piloted at California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) in partnership with the nonprofit Get Schooled. Get Schooled will provide support through their extensive interactive digital platform tool and accompanying strategic communications infrastructure. The intent of the proposed research is to provide strategic analysis of the potential of digital tools to impact undergraduate student persistence from the first to second year at CSUDH, with the potential to scale‐up on other campuses in the California State University (CSU) system. ECMCF funding supports the contract with Get Schooled, staff time, and travel.
  • College Completion Innovation Fund and GNYC Program Funding
    Grantee
    Graduate NYC
    Amount
    $275000
    Locations
    New York
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2017
    Focus
    wraparound services, transfer, re-engagement/degree completion campaigns, mentorship/advising/coaching, basic needs
    Overview
    Graduate NYC (GNYC) is a citywide initiative dedicated to significantly increasing college degree attainment rates among students throughout New York City via a partnership with the New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE), The City University of New York (CUNY), and the Office of the Mayor. The College Completion Innovation Fund (CCIF) is the first collaborative fund focused exclusively on college retention and completion in New York City. GNYC’s goal is to provide at least $800,000 in grants to support a mix of innovative and evidence-based projects that increase college persistence and completion rates as well as convene the staff of funded projects to build a cohesive learning community. ECMCF funding supports CCIF funding distribution and GNYC program staff salaries.
  • Unloop Academy
    Grantee
    Unloop
    Amount
    $769010
    Locations
    Washington
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2018
    Focus
    re-entry/post-incarceration, employer engagement, career pathways
    Overview
    Unloop enables people who have been in prison to succeed in careers in technology. Unloop received funding to validate and scale their Unloop Academy, a program that connects incarcerated individuals to college-level IT coursework, provides reentry support, and assists with job placement and/or the continuation of postsecondary education. The goal is to support more than 140 students in obtaining technical postsecondary credentials while in prison, 39 released graduates in completing the pathway and obtaining family-sustaining employment over the next three years and to prove an education model that could be scalable to meet the needs of employers as well as corrections officials. ECMCF funding will provide support for professional staff, travel, printing, training, and office supplies.
  • Increasing GradGuru's Capacity for Impact via product development and evaluation
    Grantee
    Beyond12
    Amount
    $450000
    Locations
    California
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2018
    Focus
    transfer, technology development, reducing completion barriers, mentorship/advising/coaching
    Overview
    Based in California with ambitions of attaining national scale, GradGuru, a software service and smartphone application, keeps community college students on track to completion through timely reminders – or “nudges” – to students’ to complete tasks and meet deadlines and requirements that result in higher persistence and transfer rates. GradGuru received funding for their product development and independent evaluator for the nudge app’s refinement and improvement of student-facing functionalities. The goal is to increase the persistence, completion, and transfer rates of the 40,0000 community college students GradGuru currently serves across 19 campuses and scale to 300,000 students by the end conclusion of the three-year period. ECMC funding provided support for staff, app development, and evaluation.
  • Single Mothers' Career Readiness and Success: Planning Phase
    Grantee
    World Education, Inc.
    Amount
    $149930
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2017
    Focus
    Overview
    World Education, Inc. (WEI) provides training and technical assistance across a wide array of sectors worldwide. Nationally, WEI has six centers of expertise dedicated to professional development and capacity building. One of these is WEI's National College Transition Network (NCTN), which builds the capacity of states' basic education and community college systems to prepare adults for postsecondary education, training, and careers. WEI's NCTN received funding to investigate viable and scalable programs and policies that prepare single mothers for success in career pathways. The goal is to identify and document the successful models and practices, create program profiles, and then develop an implementation and dissemination plan around this work. ECMCF funding supports staff salaries, consultants, and travel.
  • College Achievement in Reentry Technical Assistance Program (CARTAP) Renewal
    Grantee
    The College and Community Fellowship
    Amount
    $150000
    Locations
    New York
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2017
    Focus
    Overview
    College and Community Fellowship (CCF) eliminates individual, social, and structural barriers to higher education for formerly incarcerated women. CCF received funding to transform its College Achievement in Reentry Technical Assistance Project (CARTAP) into a revenue stream. The goal is to develop a fee-for-service business model, create consistent metrics and program goals, and further refine the program. ECMCF funding supports staff salaries, consultants, advertising, and travel.
  • Information Technology (IT) Careers Program
    Grantee
    Just-A-Start Corporation
    Amount
    $501053
    Locations
    Massachusetts
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2018
    Focus
    employer engagement, curriculum development/redesign, career pathways
    Overview
    Just-A-Start Corporation (JAS) is a community development corporation dedicated to building the housing security and economic stability of low- to moderate-income people in communities around Boston, MA. JAS received funding for the implementation of the Information Technology (IT) Careers program. The IT Careers Program will work with Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) to provide classes in the required technical skills and will also include a paid internship, individualized career counseling, and soft skills training. Students will earn nine college credits toward the PC Hardware Specialist Certificate Program offered at BHCC. The goal is to serve at least 40 participants, with 75% of program graduates hired into program-related positions. ECMCF provides support for, professional staff, computers and technology, office supplies, printing, partnerships fees for Bunker Hill Community College, advertising, consultants and testing fees for COMPTIA certifications.
  • Evaluation of PRI College Initiative
    Grantee
    John Jay College of Criminal Justice Institute for Justice and Opportunity
    Amount
    $350029
    Locations
    New York
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2018
    Focus
    re-entry/post-incarceration
    Overview
    The John Jay Prisoner Reentry Institute (PRI) is a center of research and action at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. PRI’s Educational Initiatives are designed to increase access to higher education and success in college for people who have been involved in the criminal justice system. PRI received funding for a process and outcomes evaluation that will analyze the College Initiatives (CI) program, its efficacy, and the benefits to CI students. The CI program provides individualized academic counseling to aid formerly incarcerated prospective students in selecting colleges and majors, applying for financial aid and scholarships, and enrolling in school. CI also provides a range of enrichment services, such as peer mentoring, to increase student college persistence and success through and after graduation. The goal of the evaluation is to help PRI identify components of the program that are successful and those that need improvement as they seek to expand in New York City. ECMCF will provide support for salaries, consultants, and meetings.
  • Career Pathways
    Grantee
    Institute for Educational Leadership
    Amount
    $946419
    Locations
    District of Columbia, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Mexico, Massachusetts, Illinois, Florida
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2018
    Focus
    career pathways, adult basic education
    Overview
    Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) equips leaders to better prepare children and youth for college, careers, and citizenship. IEL received funding for a three-year initiative designed to expand and implement career pathways for adults by linking community schools, community colleges, and employers through the Career Pathways Challenge. IEL will select ten teams from communities across the United States, provide technical assistance around career pathway design, hold a design camp and Career Pathways Festival, and select three winners who will receive specialized assistance in implementing and sustaining their pathway programs. The goal is to build capacity for three communities to implement and evaluate their career pathway designs. ECMCF provides support for consultants, staff, prizes for top three designs, and events.
  • UNC Student Success Innovation Lab
    Grantee
    University of North Carolina
    Amount
    $500000
    Locations
    North Carolina
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2018
    Focus
    wraparound services, reducing completion barriers, multi-institutional collaboration, mentorship/advising/coaching, financial aid, curriculum development/redesign, case management
    Overview
    Founded in 1789, the University of North Carolina (UNC) is a multi-campus public university system composed of all 16 of North Carolina's public universities and awarding over 75% of the state’s bachelor’s degrees. University of North Carolina’s General Administration (UNC-GA) received funding to pilot the Student Success and Innovation Lab (SSIL), wherein four campuses will be selected to demonstrate their strategies to successfully implement and sustain change for improved student persistence and completion rates. UNC-GA will facilitate research on the persistence and completion impact as well as cost-effectiveness of student success efforts by partnering with faculty members within the UNC system. For the duration of the study, ECMCF funding supports the project’s grants to institutions, evaluation, and travel.
  • Transfer Success Planning Grant
    Grantee
    On Point for College
    Amount
    $100000
    Locations
    New York
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2018
    Focus
    transfer, system-to-system alignment, reducing completion barriers, multi-institutional collaboration
    Overview
    On Point for College (OPFC) is a nonprofit that provides college access, college success, and career services for low-income, first-generation students. OPFC received funding for a planning grant in order to build out their transition supports between their two-year and four-year campus partners. This will ensure that OPFC students, many of whom begin their postsecondary education at two-year colleges, are able to transfer successfully, and seamlessly continue their pursuit of a bachelor’s degree. OPFC will facilitate strategy meetings among their partner two-year colleges, four-year institutions, and other CBOs, such as Goddard Riverside Community Center. For the duration of the study, ECMCF funding will support the planning grant’s consultants and travel.
  • Best Practices of Men of Color Programs in Four-Year Colleges and Universities: An Evidence-Based Analysis
    Grantee
    University of Southern California, Pullias Center for Higher Education
    Amount
    $300000
    Locations
    California
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2018
    Focus
    wraparound services, reducing completion barriers, mentorship/advising/coaching, case management
    Overview
    The University of Southern California’s Pullias Center for Higher Education (Pullias) is one of the world’s leading research centers on higher education that advances innovative, scalable solutions to improve college outcomes for underserved students and enhances the performance of postsecondary institutions. The Pullias Center received funding to conduct a case study on five California State University (CSU) campuses’ Men of Color (MOC) retention programs and conduct a national scan to understand and disseminate the strengths and weaknesses of these programs. The goal is to address the challenge of decreased academic persistence and success of men of color and develop a toolkit to share best practices to emerging MOC programs at CSU campuses and institutions nationwide.
  • Momentum Pathways across Institutions in Metro Areas
    Grantee
    Complete College America
    Amount
    $600000
    Locations
    Wisconsin, Nevada, California
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2018
    Focus
    transfer, system-to-system alignment, reducing completion barriers, multi-institutional collaboration, leadership development, guided pathways, employer engagement, curriculum development/redesign, career pathways
    Overview
    Complete College America (CCA) is dedicated to eliminating achievement gaps in higher education nationally. CCA’s Momentum Pathways is a culmination of several strategies geared toward increasing student persistence and completion both within and across institutions in metropolitan areas. CCA received funding for the adaptation of the successful Momentum Pathways model in Houston for implementation in up to three additional metro areas. The goal is to create permanent structural changes at participating institutions in order to maintain the consistency of student transfer and completion rates. ECMCF funding supported professional staff, consultants, and travel.
  • Stay the Course Replication
    Grantee
    Catholic Charities Fort Worth
    Amount
    $550000
    Locations
    Texas, Ohio, Missouri, Maryland
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2018
    Focus
    wraparound services, financial aid, case management
    Overview
    Catholic Charities, Fort Worth (CCFW) is a social service provider focused on ending poverty for low-income families, serving tens of thousands of unduplicated clients annually. CFW received funding for the replication of Stay the Course within Texas, outside of Tarrant County, in three additional communities over two years. As replication sites see positive results and increase community buy-in, the goals is to export this model across the other states and regions. ECMCF funding supports the hiring of professional staff, staff training, and consultants.
  • Studying the Motivation, Perceived Benefits, and Return on Investment of Employer Engagement in Career Pathways Programs
    Grantee
    The Center for Occupational Research and Development (CORD)
    Amount
    $150000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2018
    Focus
    employer engagement, career pathways
    Overview
    The Center for Occupational Research and Development (CORD) focuses on contextual teaching, seamless transitions from secondary to postsecondary education, and instructional solutions to help America’s technicians remain globally competitive. CORD received funding to study employers’ perspectives on the motivating factors behind their engagement in career-technical programs at community colleges as well as their perceived benefits and return on investment. The goal is to publish a report that presents findings, highlights key themes and offers useful suggestions for any college seeking to enhance their employer engagement practices. ECMCF funding provides support for professional staff, consultants, travel, printing/dissemination, and office supplies.
  • Pivot to Success
    Grantee
    Skills for Chicagoland's Future
    Amount
    $385000
    Locations
    Illinois
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2018
    Focus
    employer engagement, career pathways
    Overview
    Skills for Chicagoland’s Future (Skills) works to match businesses that have current, unmet hiring needs with qualified, unemployed and underemployed job seekers. Skills received support to pilot Pivot to Success, a comprehensive career pathways program which combines employment, postsecondary education, mentorship, and additional supportive services as needed for adults between the ages of 18 to 29 who are residents of Chicago. The goal is to place 200 participants into jobs with at least 70% retention over 12 months and lay the foundation to grow into a permanent program. ECMCF funding provides support for evaluation, travel, printing/dissemination, and office supplies.
  • Online Community College Listening and Engagement Project
    Grantee
    Foundation for California Community Colleges
    Amount
    $499978
    Locations
    California
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2018
    Focus
    re-engagement/degree completion campaigns, career pathways
    Overview
    The Foundation for California Community Colleges’ (Foundation) benefits, supports, and enhances the California Community Colleges. The Foundation received funding to support the creation of the 115th community college in the California system and the first that is 100% online and fully accredited. Funding will support the design of the new online college using information gleaned from adult learners, faculty expert engagement sessions, and student journey maps before the institution begins offering classes in September 2019. The goal is to gain insights that will help identify and develop at least three program pathways at the new college by the last quarter of 2019. ECMCF funding provides support for consultants, professional staff, office supplies, and travel.
  • Comprehensive College Access and Success for New York City Students
    Grantee
    Beyond12
    Amount
    $650000
    Locations
    New York
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2018
    Focus
    wraparound services, technology development, system-to-system alignment, mentorship/advising/coaching, case management
    Overview
    Beyond 12 (B12) is a technology-based services nonprofit that aims to increase the number of low-income, first-generation, and historically underrepresented students who graduate from college. Through a longitudinal student tracking platform and a personalized student coaching service, B12 ensures that its students receive the timely and necessary support they need to transition into and persist through degree completion. B12 received funding to partner with the College Advising Corps, a college access program and past ECMC grantee, to design and pilot an integration of their models to serve 750 students who attend New York City public schools as they transition into and persist in higher education. The goal is develop a seamless college transition pipeline with the proven results for mass scalability. ECMCF funding provided support for professional staff, consultants, travel.
  • Education for Life
    Grantee
    Southern Scholarship Foundation
    Amount
    $499160
    Locations
    Florida
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2018
    Focus
    wraparound services, basic needs
    Overview
    Southern Scholarship Foundation (SSF) provides rent-free housing for students pursuing a college education who demonstrate academic merit and financial need in Florida. The SSF model currently includes 470 residents living in 27 houses across Florida and attending one of SSF’s seven partnering state colleges and universities full-time. SSF received funding to carry out an evaluation that will document the ways that rent-free housing and cooperative living changes students’ lives. The goal is to design and execute an evaluation capable of quantifying SSF’s model’s impacts relative to its costs and documenting the model’s practices that could be replicated and scaled to support more students. ECMCF funding supports evaluation, professional staff, and travel.
  • Chatbot Scaling & Innovation Project
    Grantee
    Georgia State University Research Foundation
    Amount
    $400000
    Locations
    Georgia
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2018
    Focus
    technology development, system-to-system alignment, multi-institutional collaboration
    Overview
    Georgia State University offers educational opportunities for traditional and nontraditional students by blending the best of theoretical and applied inquiry, and scholarly and professional pursuits. Georgia State received support to build strategic partnerships with other institutions in the University System of Georgia (USG) to scale their chatbot platform to all students at every stage in the undergraduate experience from enrollment to graduation in order to support persistence to completion.
  • Emergency Grants for College Students: Program Development
    Grantee
    Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice at Temple University
    Amount
    $525000
    Locations
    Texas, Pennsylvania
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2018
    Focus
    wraparound services, technology development, reducing completion barriers, financial aid, case management, basic needs
    Overview
    The Hope Center at Temple University aims to explicate and address gaps in social and higher education policy and practice to increase college attainment. The Hope Center sought support to provide low-income students with timely and targeted emergency aid through the support and direct services of third-party vendors. In partnership with Edquity, the Hope Center will work with colleges to develop a mobile-based and easily accessible emergency aid response program, targeting students’ basic needs around hunger, housing, transportation, and abrupt medical expenses. The goal is to address gaps in social and higher education policy and practice to increase college attainment. ECMCF will share initial findings with our grantees and the Triad. ECMCF funding provided support for consultants, technology, advertising and evaluation.
  • First Destinations: A Focus on Employability
    Grantee
    Bottom Line
    Amount
    $750000
    Locations
    New York, Massachusetts, Illinois
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2018
    Focus
    wraparound services, soft skills, mentorship/advising/coaching, job readiness program, financial aid, case management
    Overview
    Bottom Line provides one-on-one guidance for low-income and first-generation students from the college application process until college graduation to close the opportunity and achievement gaps. Bottom Line sought support to redesign, codify, and expand its career-readiness programming. They will hire on a National Director of Program Design and adapt the regional staffing structures, including adding new positions focused solely on the local job markets, employer relationships and sourcing opportunities for students. The goal is to ensure that at least 75% of Bottom Line college graduates find career relevant employment within six months of earning a degree. ECMCF funding provided support for professional staff, training, and travel.
  • Accelerated Academic Technology
    Grantee
    ECMC Education
    Amount
    $708488
    Locations
    Minnesota
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2018
    Focus
    technology development, curriculum development/redesign
    Overview
    Zenith Education Group (ZEG) is a nonprofit provider of career school training offering programs in information technology, allied health, and the trades. Zenith operates the Altierus Career College (Altierus) campuses in Tampa, FL, Norcross, GA, and Bissonnet, TX. Zenith Education Group received funding to complete the Altierus curriculum conversion to blended learning and to accelerate interactive classroom technology implementation. The goal is to provide students with both lecture structure and interactivity via formative assessments and microlearning activities that dramatically increase student engagement, material retention, and skill development. ECMCF funding will provide for consultants, professional staff, updated technology, and travel.
  • Emergency Aid for Students
    Grantee
    ECMC Education
    Amount
    $93000
    Locations
    Texas, Georgia, Florida
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2018
    Focus
    wraparound services, basic needs
    Overview
    Zenith Education Group (ZEG) is a nonprofit provider of career school training offering programs in information technology, allied health, and the trades. Zenith operates the Altierus Career College (Altierus) campuses in Tampa, FL, Norcross, GA, and Bissonnet, TX. Zenith Education Group seeks funding to create a fund for students in need of emergency aid while attending Altierus. The goal is to provide students facing a financial crisis with the opportunity to receive onetime funding that will help them complete their programs in timely manner. ECMCF funding will provide for emergency aid funding and technology used to administer the program.
  • HVAC Modernization and Refrigeration Curriculum
    Grantee
    ECMC Education
    Amount
    $1500000
    Locations
    Texas, Georgia, Florida
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2018
    Focus
    curriculum development/redesign
    Overview
    Zenith Education Group (ZEG) is a nonprofit provider of career school training offering programs in information technology, allied health, and the trades. Zenith operates the Altierus Career College (Altierus) campuses in Tampa, FL, Norcross, GA, and Bissonnet, TX. Zenith Education Group received funding to transform the HVAC labs at all three campuses to offer a refrigeration certification program. The goal is increased graduation and placement rates, higher student earnings, improved student skill sets, and improved pass rates on certifications/industry recognized credentials. ECMCF funding will provide for consultants, HVAC/R equipment, and construction costs.
  • Innovative Curriculum Delivery
    Grantee
    ECMC Education
    Amount
    $419173
    Locations
    Minnesota
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2018
    Focus
    curriculum development/redesign
    Overview
    Zenith Education Group (ZEG) is a nonprofit provider of career school training offering programs in information technology, allied health, and the trades. Zenith operates the Altierus Career College (Altierus) campuses in Tampa, FL, Norcross, GA, and Bissonnet, TX. Zenith Education Group seeks funding to help define its role in career technical education with applications for innovative curriculum delivery outside of the destination campus model. The goal is to deliver cutting edge, quality education using proven practices to achieve deeper learning in high demand skills-gap fields while increasing student placement and employee retention and satisfaction. ECMCF funding will provide for consultants, professional staff, and travel.
  • Open Educational Resources
    Grantee
    ECMC Education
    Amount
    $161440
    Locations
    Minnesota
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2018
    Focus
    curriculum development/redesign
    Overview
    Zenith Education Group (ZEG) is a nonprofit provider of career school training offering programs in information technology, allied health, and the trades. Zenith operates the Altierus Career College (Altierus) campuses in Tampa, FL, Norcross, GA, and Bissonnet, TX. Zenith Education Group received funding to research open educational resources (OER), evaluate OER for relevance and quality, recommend existing OER for Altierus curriculum, and integrate OER as courses are refreshed. The goal is to reduce the cost of textbooks or eliminate immediate tuition rates, and to better prepare students for externship/workplace readiness. ECMCF funding will provide for consultants and professional staff.
  • Long-Term Efficacy of Career Programs
    Grantee
    American Institutes for Research
    Amount
    $247450
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2018
    Focus
    credentials, career pathways
    Overview
    American Institutes for Research (AIR) focuses on identifying and applying innovative, evidence-based solutions for improving life outcomes, especially among underserved populations. AIR received funding to conduct research to expand upon the prior literature by comparing a broader array of career programs. The goal is to determine if enrolling in a non-accredited and/or non-portable program compared to enrolling in an accredited program within a postsecondary career pathway will confer the same or greater long-term success. ECMCF funding provides support for professional staff, printing, travel, a subcontractor, and Geographic Information System licensing.
  • Improving Data and Communication to Increase Student Retention
    Grantee
    California State University, Channel Islands Foundation
    Amount
    $75000
    Locations
    Oregon, California
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2018
    Focus
    reducing completion barriers, multi-institutional collaboration
    Overview
    California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI) is a California State University (CSU) aimed at helping connect students to campus and promoting an environment of shared student body knowledge amongst institutions by collecting complete data sets. In collaboration with Portland State University, CSU Fresno, and CSU Northridge, CSUCI sought support for their retention program and efforts to increase the data of their first year students. They will manage data collection and analysis, administer focus groups, train the staff, as well as piloting their retention program. The goal is to (1) develop metrics that will identify students at-risk for not being retained into their sophomore year, (2) identify problem areas in communication to freshmen that can be addressed to increase retention, (3) develop communication protocols, and (4) improve understanding about why students are leaving each campus and begin identifying existing programs to address the identified challenges. ECMCF funding provided support for all four campuses in their initiatives to increase student retention and involvement.
  • Starting Strong: A Summer Bridge Program Tailored to Low-Income Black Males
    Grantee
    University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
    Amount
    $70000
    Locations
    North Carolina, Georgia, Florida
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2018
    Focus
    wraparound services, multi-institutional collaboration, mentorship/advising/coaching, case management
    Overview
    University of North Carolina (UNC) Chapel Hill is the nation's first public university and is committed to serving as a center for research, scholarship, and creativity and to teach a diverse community of undergraduate, graduate, and professional students to become the next generation of leaders. In collaboration with two partner campuses, the University of Central Florida and Morehouse College, UNC Chapel Hill plans to increase the graduation rate amongst low-income black males at their university by helping them transition to college and connect with faculty, staff, and peer mentors. UNC Chapel Hill sought support to host their summer bridge program for men of color, specifically black males entering their first year of college. They will develop breakout sessions to be piloted and tested during the summer program, assess the successes of these sessions and scale them to include students who are doubly minoritized, and gather data on students completing the program. The goal is to create a community for low-income black males across campuses to create a sense of belonging, engage them in college going and graduating culture, and help them earn college credits prior to starting their first-year. ECMCF funding provided support for students to attend the National Male Success Conference, a summer graduate assistant, assessment efforts of the project, as well as classroom materials.
  • The Urban Work College Consortium
    Grantee
    Paul Quinn College
    Amount
    $75000
    Locations
    Texas, Ohio, Michigan
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2018
    Focus
    soft skills, multi-institutional collaboration, mentorship/advising/coaching, job readiness program, employer engagement
    Overview
    Paul Quinn College offers a higher education model that is designed to maximize the benefits of experiential learning, reducing costs, and corporate partnerships for the workforce field. In collaboration with Kuyper College and Wilberforce University, Paul Quinn College sought support to provide their PQC model to other small colleges, by replicating their work program to prepare students for employment. Their model will consist of off-campus work assignments that will function as internships and provide students with real-world work experiences. The goal is to (1) increase the number of students who enroll, persist, and graduate from college, (2) increase the number of students engaged in career advising programs and initiatives, (3) increase the number of students and employers engaged in work-based experiences that are closely related to major fields of study, and more. ECMCF funding provided support for hiring a consortium liaison/dean to consult with other schools as well as contributing to capacity training and the hiring of a part time staff.
  • Research and Outreach to Advance Single Mother College Success
    Grantee
    Institute for Women's Policy Research
    Amount
    $425000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2018
    Focus
    wraparound services, public policy engagements
    Overview
    The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) conducts and communicates research to inspire public dialogue, inform policy, and improve the lives and opportunities of women of diverse backgrounds, circumstances, and experiences. IWPR received funding to conduct a state-by-state analysis of the benefits of single mothers’ degree attainment in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. They will create 51 state fact sheets highlighting the individual and societal benefits of single mothers’ degree attainment for each state, as well as in a national briefing paper presenting data for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. They will also collect and share stories about single mothers’ experiences in college. The goal is to build the will and capacity of the field to better understand the importance of college attainment for single mothers, their families, and society, as well as to increase the number of single mothers with postsecondary degrees. ECMCF funding provides support for staff salaries, travel, and computers and technology.
  • Research on Long-Term Efficacy of Career Programs
    Grantee
    NORC at the University of Chicago
    Amount
    $493560
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2018
    Focus
    credentials, career pathways
    Overview
    NORC at the University of Chicago (NORC) provides reliable data and rigorous analysis to further social science research. NORC received funding to conduct the Survey of Educational Attainment (SEA) in order to provide ECMCF with data on the long-term efficacy of non-accredited vs. accredited career programs. The goal is to determine if the graduates of accredited programs have stronger long-term financial and career outcomes when compared to graduates of non-accredited programs. ECMCF funding provides support for professional staff, computers and technology, printing and photocopying, and travel.
  • Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence
    Grantee
    Aspen Institute
    Amount
    $700000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2018
    Focus
    employer engagement
    Overview
    The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization with a mission to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. Aspen received funding for the delivery of the 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence and the development of employer-facing tools and resources to be released in conjunction with Aspen’s Workforce Playbook. They will conduct site visits to the 10 finalist colleges as well as synthesize learning from the Prize into sophisticated learning material. The goal is to award the Aspen Prize and revamp Aspen’s curricular material on how to ensure that community colleges achieve strong employment and earnings outcomes for graduates. ECMCF funding provides support for staff, consultants, travel, and a portion of the prize award.
  • Building an Inclusive Economic and Workforce Development Network
    Grantee
    Council for Adult and Experiential Learning
    Amount
    $835703
    Locations
    Washington, Texas, Oklahoma, Ohio, National, Florida
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2018
    Focus
    employer engagement, career pathways
    Overview
    Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) advocates and innovates on behalf of all adult learners, regardless of their socio-economic circumstances, to enhance their economic and educational opportunities. CAEL received funding to create a program for Chambers of Commerce and Economic Development Organizations (EDOs) that will advance the collective understanding and expertise of the economic development field with regard to the relationship between postsecondary attainment and equitable economic well-being. They will facilitate an RFP process to select three communities to participate in a yearlong action planning process. The goal is for the communities to map out stakeholder target sectors for workforce alignment, articulate specific objectives and launch initiatives that promote awareness of living-wage jobs. They will also provide support to underserved groups to successfully earn postsecondary credentials of high market value and transition to new, quality careers. ECMCF funding provides support for staff, consultants, travel, and a stipend for participating communities.
  • Moms Rising: Improving Community College Success for Single Moms
    Grantee
    Education Design Lab
    Amount
    $1241625
    Locations
    District of Columbia, New York, New Mexico, Louisiana, Indiana
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2018
    Focus
    wraparound services, credentials, case management
    Overview
    Education Design Lab (EDL) proactively identifies gaps in the education-to-work ecosystem that require next-generation solutions. EDL received support to launch and test a set of scalable interventions on community college campuses that will improve single mothers’ college graduation rates. They will select four community colleges through Request for Proposal process, guide the schools through the design phase, and assist in the prototyping and subsequent piloting of the interventions. They will also collect data from the colleges for evaluation and analyze it for dissemination. The goal is to dramatically increase the percentage of single mothers enrolled in community colleges attaining a degree or high-quality credential. ECMC Foundation funding provides support for professional staff, consultants, and travel.
  • Bridging Gaps in Postsecondary CTE Research: CTE Fellows at NCSU Sponsored by ECMC Foundation
    Grantee
    North Carolina State University
    Amount
    $2034053
    Locations
    West Virginia, Virginia, Texas, Tennessee, North Carolina, New York, Nevada, Missouri, Massachusetts, Kentucky, Kansas, Georgia, Florida, Colorado, California, Alabama
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2018
    Focus
    mentorship/advising/coaching, leadership development
    Overview
    North Carolina State University (NCSU) is dedicated to the creation and application of knowledge and engagement with public and private partners. NCSU received funding to launch the CTE Fellows at NCSU Sponsored by ECMC Foundation. They will recruit, select, and support 15-18 postdoctoral and doctoral researchers annually from a range of postsecondary institutions and a variety of academic disciplines that are proposing to conduct research on postsecondary CTE. The goal is to grow high-quality postsecondary CTE research, which currently significantly lacks visibility and financial support. ECMCF funding provides for advertising, consultants, professional staff, technology, materials and supplies, travel, and Fellow stipends.
  • The College in High School Alliance: Expanding Equity and Quality-Focused College in High School Programs
    Grantee
    KnowledgeWorks Foundation
    Amount
    $400000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2018
    Focus
    other, public policy engagements
    Overview
    KnowledgeWorks provides innovative tools, training and assistance to educational leaders and community stakeholders. KnowledgeWorks received support for the College in High School Alliance (CHSA), a coalition of 77 national, state, and local organizations focused on developing policy for dual enrollment pathways toward timely and affordable postsecondary degrees and credentials. CHSA will work with state policymakers and postsecondary partners to articulate clear and comprehensive policy recommendations to implement dual enrollment programs at regional and statewide scales. The goal is to train education practitioners on state policy around dual enrollment and provide resources to policymakers on the benefits of and best practices for dual enrollment programs. ECMCF funding provided support for consultants and other direct costs.
  • Tackling Transfer: A Proposal to Measurably & Significantly Improve Transfer Outcomes Across Three States & Establish a Replicable Model for Achieving Scaled Transfer Reform
    Grantee
    Aspen Institute
    Amount
    $750000
    Locations
    Virginia, Texas, Minnesota
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2018
    Focus
    transfer, system-to-system alignment, reducing completion barriers, public policy engagements, multi-institutional collaboration, leadership development
    Overview
    The Aspen Institute elevates and advances proven practices and leadership strategies. The Aspen Institute, in partnership with Sova Solutions and HCM Strategists, sought support for the Tackling Transfer Initiative. Tackling Transfer will develop a comprehensive approach across states’ practices, leadership, and policies for community college students’ successful transfer. The goal is to build states’ sustainable capacity for, and remove barriers to, ongoing improvements in transfer outcomes and develop actionable tools to bring these outcomes to scale. ECMCF funding provided support for consulting and other direct costs.
  • Increasing Active Minds’ Reach on HSIs and MSIs Nationwide
    Grantee
    Active Minds
    Amount
    $450000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2018
    Focus
    wraparound services, reducing completion barriers, mental health, basic needs
    Overview
    Active Minds supports mental health awareness and education for college students. Active Minds seeks support for expanding its presence, resources, and engagement across Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), especially Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs). They will launch at least 15 new campus chapters and provide dedicated support to 10 additional existing chapters at MSIs and HSIs nationwide. The goal is to increase students’ knowledge, mental health attitudes, and help-seeking behaviors as a result of their involvement with Active Minds. ECMCF funding provided support for professional staff, computers and technology, volunteer training, and other direct costs.
  • CoPilot Expansion
    Grantee
    College Forward
    Amount
    $400000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2018
    Focus
    technology development, case management
    Overview
    College Forward is a nonprofit college access and completion program that develops and delivers intensive student mentoring and coaching services. College Forward received support from ECMC Foundation to expand its CoPilot platform, a proprietary student information system built natively on Salesforce, which assesses and analyzes critical student data to deliver targeted interventions that help ensure college completion. With co-investments from the Kresge Foundation and ECMC Foundation, College Forward is investing deeply in CoPilot’s long-term product and business development, with the goal of reaching 1 million students by 2025. ECMC Foundation’s loan helped support further development of the CoPilot Salesforce platform and the hiring of sales and marketing staff to grow its customer base.
  • Chicago ISA Program
    Grantee
    Better Future Forward, Inc.
    Amount
    $400000
    Locations
    Illinois
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2018
    Focus
    income share agreements
    Overview
    Better Future Forward is a nonprofit organization focused on providing income-share agreement (ISA) funds to advance opportunity and educational equity for low-income students. Better Future Forward received support from ECMC Foundation for the Chicago ISA Program, a fund to help low-income Chicago students enroll in and complete college. ECMC Foundation served as the anchor investor in the fund, providing ISA dollars to be distributed to students at twenty schools across the Chicago area.
  • Community College Success Initiative Expansion Efforts and Evaluation
    Grantee
    10,000 Degrees
    Amount
    $500000
    Locations
    California
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2018
    Focus
    transfer, mentorship/advising/coaching
    Overview
    10,000 Degrees (10KD) provides personalized guidance for a population of majority first-generation, low-income college students in California through a near-peer mentoring model. 10KD sought support for their Community College Success Initiative (CCSI), which provides targeted supports to students enrolled at community colleges for timely transfer to four-year colleges. They will conduct an external evaluation to codify data management practices and identify opportunities for expansion of CCSI to community colleges statewide. The goal is to expand to a total of nine additional community college campuses and fully integrate data, data management, protocols, and systems utilization for program improvement. ECMCF funding supported professional staff, consultants, computers and technology, training professional staff, and travel.
  • Incentivizing and Scaling Career Pathways
    Grantee
    Digital Promise
    Amount
    $150000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2018
    Focus
    career pathways
    Overview
    Digital Promise engages powerful and collaborative networks between researchers, developers, and educators to take on challenges in education and design, and to implement solutions based on research. Digital Promise received support for a comprehensive landscape analysis that identifies the current needs and solutions in postsecondary career and technical education (CTE). They will complete this work in four phases: a landscape analysis; ecosystem mapping and research; framework and landscape report; and dissemination. The goal is to develop an interactive heat map that shows CTE programs by funder and geographic location, thereby demonstrating gaps and opportunities for further investment and/or research.This work will be showcased on an independent microsite and be disseminated in order to spur funder collaborations and/or alignment. ECMCF funding provides support for consultants and staff salaries.
  • Zenith Education Group Strategic Consulting Process
    Grantee
    ECMC Education
    Amount
    $450000
    Locations
    Minnesota
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2018
    Focus
    other
    Overview
    Zenith Education Group (ZEG) is a nonprofit provider of career school training offering programs in information technology, allied health, and the trades. Zenith operates the Altierus Career College (Altierus) campuses in Tampa, FL, Norcross, GA, and Bissonnet, TX. Zenith Education Group received funding to develop a strategic plan in partnership with Tyton Partners. The goal of the strategy is to develop a model where hundreds of thousands of learners are provided with the CTE-focused education to fuel the needs of families and the US economy, while reasonable returns are generated from the activities to sustain operations across ECMC Group. ECMC Foundation is funding the consulting from Tyton Partners, travel costs, licenses, and consultant research.
  • New Workforce Professionals Academy
    Grantee
    National Council for Workforce Education
    Amount
    $126720
    Locations
    Pennsylvania, Ohio, Missouri, Minnesota, Michigan, Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Florida, California, Arkansas, Arizona
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2018
    Focus
    leadership development
    Overview
    National Council for Workforce Education (NCWE) promotes excellence and growth in workforce education. NCWE received funding to refine and evaluate the New Workforce Professionals Academy, which aims to advance knowledge and skill development for community college workforce education professionals who are relatively new to the field of workforce education. The goal is to provide information needed for continuous improvement of the program and to objectively describe the positive impact of intentional professional development for workforce professionals. ECMCF funding provides support for consultants, professional staff, office supplies, printing/copying/binding, research and evaluation, and travel.
  • Accelerating Latino Student Success: The Seal Ladder of Engagement
    Grantee
    Excelencia in Education
    Amount
    $800000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2018
    Focus
    system-to-system alignment, reducing completion barriers, multi-institutional collaboration
    Overview
    Excelencia in Education is a national organization that aims to accelerate higher education success for Latino students by linking research, policy, and practice to serve Latino students and the institutions and programs where they participate. Excelencia received funding and support to launch the Seal of Excelencia (Seal) and the Ladder of Engagement (Ladder), two core companion efforts that will shift institutional focus toward accountability of Latino student success and degree completion. The goal is to develop a comprehensive and systematic approach to uplift the best practices of leading institutions and to support campuses’ emerging efforts through the Seal’s application and certification process.
  • Postsecondary Leadership Success Program at ACTE, Sponsored by ECMC Foundation
    Grantee
    Association for Career and Technical Education
    Amount
    $1056000
    Locations
    District of Columbia, Washington, Virginia, Utah, Texas, Tennessee, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Ohio, North Dakota, North Carolina, New York, New Mexico, Missouri, Minnesota, Maryland, Louisiana, Kentucky, Iowa, Idaho, Hawaii, Florida, Colorado, Alabama
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2018
    Focus
    mentorship/advising/coaching, leadership development
    Overview
    The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) advances education that prepares learners for successful careers. ACTE received funding to design and administer the Postsecondary Leadership Success Program at ACTE, Sponsored by ECMC Foundation (PLSP) in which two successive cohorts of 20 CTE postsecondary professionals will participate in a focused and personalized year-long program of leadership development activities. The goal is to support and amplify the voices of the next generation of leaders at nonprofits and postsecondary institutions. ECMCF funding provides support for advertising, consultants, professional staff, computers & technology, office supplies, printing/copying/binding, research & evaluation, travel, and Fellow stipends.
  • Strengthening Community College CTE Programs for Nontraditional Students
    Grantee
    MDRC
    Amount
    $375000
    Locations
    New York
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2018
    Focus
    wraparound services, career pathways
    Overview
    MDRC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan education and social policy research organization that builds knowledge about the most effective approaches to improving the educational and labor market outcomes of low-income individuals and communicates what MDRC learns in ways that strengthen public policy and practice. MDRC received support to conduct a scan of community college-operated CTE programs to learn whether it is possible to strengthen their capacity to enroll and serve low-income adults by incorporating essential elements of sectoral training programs operated by nonprofit community organizations. They also received funding for the ongoing development of a Center for Effective Career and Technical Education at MDRC. The goal is to assess the potential value and feasibility of adapting sector-like features for community college CTE programs. ECMC Foundation funding provides support for staff, consultants, and travel.
  • Mapping Workforce Certificate and Degree Pathways in Ohio: Are We Effectively Providing Postsecondary Training Opportunities to Support Employment Among Adult Learners?
    Grantee
    RAND Corporation
    Amount
    $278908
    Locations
    Ohio
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2018
    Focus
    stackable credentials, career pathways
    Overview
    The RAND Corporation (RAND) develops solutions to public policy challenges to help make communities throughout the world safer and more secure, healthier and more prosperous. RAND received funding to analyze administrative data on students’ enrollment and employment trajectories to assess the state of Ohio’s credit-bearing workforce certificate and degree pathways. The goal is to improve the understanding of state policymakers, administrators, funders and researchers about the role of postsecondary certificate and degree pathways in shaping educational and employment outcomes. ECMCF funding provides support for consultants, professional staff, and travel.
  • Providing Career Pathways through LMM’s Workforce Development Programs: Obtaining COE accreditation and providing associates degree programs
    Grantee
    Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry
    Amount
    $750000
    Locations
    Ohio
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2018
    Focus
    accreditation
    Overview
    Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry (LMM) focuses on workforce development, housing & shelter, and health & wellness services for people who are homeless, at-risk youth, older adults who are vulnerable, people impacted by the criminal justice system, and individuals with behavioral health needs. LMM received support to implement and offer an accredited associate’s degree program and develop a sustainable funding structure. They will transition their current program to an associates degree program, develop a financial aid office, and formalize an articulation agreement with Kent State University. The goal is to successfully implement, recruit, and graduate students from the associate’s program and secure federal student aid to cover the majority of the program’s cost. ECMCF funding provides support for professional staff, internally-conducted research and evaluation, and consultants.
  • Student Communities & Engagement Specialist
    Grantee
    ECMC Education
    Amount
    $120000
    Locations
    Texas, Georgia, Florida
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2018
    Focus
    wraparound services, mentorship/advising/coaching
    Overview
    Zenith Education Group (ZEG) is a nonprofit provider of career school training offering programs in information technology, allied health, and the trades. Zenith operates the Altierus Career College (Altierus) campuses in Tampa, FL, Norcross, GA, and Bissonnet, TX. Zenith Education Group received funding to launch the role of Student Communities and Engagement Specialist, a new position focused on outreach and student connections. The role will support all Zenith campuses in Tampa, Bissonnet, and Norcross, but will be based at the Tampa campus. The goal is to add value to the student experience and reach students, alumni, and prospective students through social media and campus programs. ECMCF’s funding will provide salary, benefits and travel costs.
  • Collaborative Campus Design v2
    Grantee
    ECMC Education
    Amount
    $1035935
    Locations
    Texas, Georgia, Florida
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2018
    Focus
    other
    Overview
    Zenith Education Group (ZEG) is a nonprofit provider of career school training offering programs in information technology, allied health, and the trades. Zenith operates the Altierus Career College (Altierus) campuses in Tampa, FL, Norcross, GA, and Bissonnet, TX. Zenith Education Group received funding to reimagine their campuses to reflect the Innovation School concept from lobby to classroom. The goal is to inspire prospects, students, and community partners to build a better future together. This funding is phase two of a larger campus refresh project, also funded by ECMCF. ECMCF funding provides support for consultants, updated technology, furniture, and construction costs.
  • Los Angeles Partnership for Accelerating Credential Transparency
    Grantee
    Credential Engine, Inc.
    Amount
    $97650
    Locations
    California
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2018
    Focus
    system-to-system alignment, credentials
    Overview
    Credential Engine creates credential transparency, reveals the credential marketplace, increases credential literacy, and empowers its users to make more informed decisions about the value of credentials. Credential Engine received support for a planning grant to create an implementation strategy to identify, publish and then make use of improved data about all credentials in Los Angeles County, with an emphasis on those credentials up to and including two-year degrees. Currently the postsecondary education marketplace lacks a comprehensive, searchable repository of available credentials that is usable for employers and students. Credential Engine will identify an inventory of both credentials and providers in the region, understand how credential data will be published by providers, and discover which partnerships are necessary, among other activities. The goal is to create an implementation strategy for Los Angeles County. ECMC Foundation funding provides support for consultants, staff, and travel.
  • Student Pathways & Fellowship Program
    Grantee
    Campaign for College Opportunity
    Amount
    $500000
    Locations
    California
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2019
    Focus
    transfer, system-to-system alignment, reducing completion barriers, public policy engagements, leadership development, guided pathways
    Overview
    The Campaign for College Opportunity (the Campaign) addresses problems of access and inequality California’s public postsecondary systems—including the University of California (UC), the California State University (CSU) system and at the California Community Colleges (CCC)—through their research, media, campaigns, and education of policy officials and the state legislature. The Campaign seeks support for their Student Pathways initiative, which will highlight transfer and remedial education reform, and for their Graduate Fellowship Program, which provides eight graduate students with the opportunity to contribute to the Campaign’s research and policy work. The goal is to make transfer and remedial education reform a priority for policymakers and higher education leaders, and formalize the structure of the Graduate Fellowship program. ECMCF funding will provide support for professional staff, research and evaluation, travel, and advertising. In July 2016, ECMC Foundation made a grant of $150,000 over two years to general operating support for the Campaign. This funding helped develop clearer transfer pathways for students, data evaluation, and the distribution of policy information and briefings.
  • College Completion Innovation Fund
    Grantee
    Graduate NYC
    Amount
    $150000
    Locations
    New York
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2021
    Focus
    other, transfer, reducing completion barriers, mentorship/advising/coaching, basic needs
    Overview
    GNYC seeks funding to renew ECMC Foundation’s support for the College Completion Innovation Fund (CCIF), a collaborative fund that aims to spur innovation and the adoption of policies and practices to increase college persistence and degree completion in New York City (NYC). The goal is to provide a cumulative one-million dollars in new funding to at least five NYC-based programs that serve upwards of 5,000 college students and provide ongoing programming to prospective and current partner organizations.
  • PeerForward for College
    Grantee
    PeerForward
    Amount
    $150000
    Locations
    Georgia, Florida
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2018
    Focus
    wraparound services, mentorship/advising/coaching, financial aid
    Overview
    PeerForward trains, deploys, and coaches a team of Peer Leaders charged with boosting college preparation and enrollment across their entire high school. PeerForward sought support to develop their current high school-focused model into a persistence model for college students. They will work with two college partners to design, test, and launch the initial pilot. PeerForward also will develop a longitudinal evaluation protocol with their internal evaluation team, their partner colleges, and a third-party researcher. The goals of the project are to create a peer-influencing college persistence model to increase the persistence rates of low-income and non-traditional students on two- and four-year college campuses. ECMC Foundation funding provided support for consultants, professional staff, and travel. In April 2016, ECMC Foundation made a grant of $300,000 over two years to support the development of PeerForward’s updated high school program model to enhance the program’s design to increase high school students’ college application and enrollment. To extend program support into the postsecondary sector, PeerForward’s new model will focus on providing its peer model to enrolled undergraduates in order to increase their persistence toward degree completion.
  • Equity and allocation of financial aid in New Jersey
    Grantee
    RAND Corporation
    Amount
    $209401
    Locations
    New Jersey
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2019
    Focus
    public policy engagements, financial aid
    Overview
    The RAND Corporation (RAND) develops solutions to public policy challenges to help make communities throughout the world safer and more secure, healthier and more prosperous. RAND received support to analyze administrative data on New Jersey’s Higher Education Student Assistance Authority’s primary student aid program, the Tuition Aid Grant (TAG). The goal of this research is to inform policy decisions in New Jersey on the effectiveness of allocated student aid across different types of students and colleges in New Jersey. The study will explore where the marginal dollar of TAG has the greatest impact for the 2019-20 school year and beyond.
  • Opportunity Index
    Grantee
    California Competes
    Amount
    $150000
    Locations
    California
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2018
    Focus
    system-to-system alignment, public policy engagements, multi-institutional collaboration
    Overview
    California Competes promotes greater and more equitable attainment of postsecondary degrees and credentials in California to better meet the state’s economic needs, foster vibrant regions throughout the state, and provide more opportunity for Californians. They sought support to create, launch, and maintain an online statewide index to assess opportunity along the education-to-employment pipeline in California. This research will allow policymakers, media, practitioners, and advocates to distill discrete data comparisons across different characteristics and assess the state’s progress in advancing educational opportunity as it connects to labor market outcomes. ECMCF funding provided support for professional staff, consultants, indirect costs, and travel.
  • Student Centered Design Consulting Program
    Grantee
    Seattle Jobs Initiative
    Amount
    $750000
    Locations
    Washington, Oregon
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2019
    Focus
    wraparound services
    Overview
    Seattle Jobs Initiative (SJI) improves its local workforce development system to benefit low-income job seekers. SJI received support to develop a Student Centered Design consulting program that will assist postsecondary education affiliated clients in pinpointing and applying interventions in areas where outdated assumptions and structural bottlenecks are negatively affecting student access and outcomes. They will work with at least four clients over three years using their five-step consulting process, which is informed by human-centered design and behavioral science. The goals of the project are to improve student-facing services in a community college context, create a fee-for service model to support ongoing consulting work, present findings at one conference, and publish at least one white paper on lessons learned through the project. ECMC Foundation funding provides support for professional staff, consultants, training, and subsidized consulting costs for clients.
  • American Opportunity Network Planning and Design
    Grantee
    America Achieves
    Amount
    $150000
    Locations
    New York
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2018
    Focus
    career pathways
    Overview
    America Achieves works to support and scale effective pathways to careers in a changing economy including those that do not initially require a four-year degree. America Achieves received support for planning activities and analyses leading to the launch of the American Opportunity Network (AON). They will hire consultants to finalize criteria for selecting AON partner employers and education providers and conduct a labor market analysis in selected metro areas. The goal is to develop actionable city-level plans based on assessments to implement the next steps of the AON in up to three metro areas. ECMC Foundation funding provides support for consultants.
  • Program Evaluation: Scaling College Support Services
    Grantee
    College Success Foundation
    Amount
    $400125
    Locations
    Washington
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2019
    Focus
    wraparound services, technology development, mentorship/advising/coaching
    Overview
    The College Success Foundation (CSF) aims to increase access to college education and fill the workforce needs of the future for students from groups with historically low college graduation rates. CSF seeks support to evaluate the effectiveness of its remote support strategy in order to scale college support services and inform best practices across the country to ensure equitable academic outcomes. They will develop an evaluation focused on improving and refining the remote strategy, collect data to establish baselines for the summative evaluation for Cohort 2020, and conduct a summative assessment evaluation of the remote strategy. The goal is to refine CSF’s College Services remote strategy through a formative evaluation, and compare its efficacy to the on-campus strategy in improving outcomes among low-income students. ECMCF funding will provide support for consultants, travel, and other direct costs.
  • NYU Project to Investigate Barriers to Free Community College Success
    Grantee
    New York University, Marron Institute
    Amount
    $301000
    Locations
    Tennessee, New York, Illinois
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2019
    Focus
    transfer, public policy engagements, financial aid
    Overview
    The New York University Marron (Marron) Institute conducts innovative applied research to effect positive social change in the U.S. and globally. Marron seeks support for a study on the barriers to free community college (Promise) programs. They will produce a white paper to detail policy-oriented research about the free community college initiatives and how to make them more effective. The goal is to inform policymakers about best practices and designs for implementing College Promise programs to best serve students on their transfer pathways as well as address gaps in current public understanding of Promise programs. ECMCF funding will provide support for Professional staff, travel, and indirect costs.
  • ASU Local - Bringing the Research University to Local Communities
    Grantee
    Arizona State University
    Amount
    $500000
    Locations
    California, Arizona
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2019
    Focus
    wraparound services, mentorship/advising/coaching, curriculum development/redesign, case management, accreditation
    Overview
    Arizona State University (ASU) offers 800 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to over 100,000 enrolled students across Arizona campus locations and online. ASU received funding to offset pilot costs for Arizona State University Local (ASU Local), a clear and affordable path to a four-year bachelor’s degree by combining the scalability of an online learning environment with in-person support efforts that students need to succeed. The goal is to dramatically expand postsecondary access and affordability for students throughout California.
  • Altierus Lab Floor Remodel
    Grantee
    ECMC Education
    Amount
    $544803
    Locations
    Texas, Georgia, Florida
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2018
    Focus
    other
    Overview
    Zenith Education Group (ZEG) is a nonprofit provider of career school training offering programs in information technology, allied health, and the trades. Zenith operates the Altierus Career College (Altierus) campuses in Tampa, FL, Norcross, GA, and Bissonnet, TX. Zenith Education Group received funding to enhance flooring in the campus remodel. The goal is to create an updated learning environment for students and match the current design with the campus refresh. This funding is part of a larger campus refresh project, also funded by ECMCF. ECMCF funding provides support for consultants, materials, and construction costs.
  • Smartboards to Displays Conversion
    Grantee
    ECMC Education
    Amount
    $678642
    Locations
    Texas, Georgia, Florida
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2018
    Focus
    technology development
    Overview
    Zenith Education Group (ZEG) is a nonprofit provider of career school training offering programs in information technology, allied health, and the trades. Zenith operates the Altierus Career College (Altierus) campuses in Tampa, FL, Norcross, GA, and Bissonnet, TX. Zenith Education Group received funding to upgrade classroom technology to include Smart TV displays. The goal is to create an updated learning environment for students and for faculty. ECMCF funding provides support for consultants, materials, technology, and construction costs.
  • College Crusade Postsecondary Success Initiative
    Grantee
    Onward We Learn
    Amount
    $555000
    Locations
    Rhode Island
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2019
    Focus
    wraparound services, transfer, system-to-system alignment, reducing completion barriers
    Overview
    College Crusade of Rhode Island (College Crusade) is the most comprehensive college readiness and scholarship program in Rhode Island for urban middle school, high school and college students. College Crusade received funding to develop a comprehensive transfer-melt program initiative to facilitate successful transfers for Community College Rhode Island students to four-year institutions. The goal is to establish partnerships with the Rhode Island Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner (OPC), Community College Rhode Island (CCRI), the state’s three public colleges and an external evaluator to serve 800 students a year.
  • Student Equity Planning Institute: Embedding Equity-Mindedness and Race-Consciousness in Institutional Planning
    Grantee
    University of Southern California, Rossier School of Education
    Amount
    $150000
    Locations
    California
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2019
    Focus
    transfer, system-to-system alignment, public policy engagements, leadership development
    Overview
    The USC Rossier Center for Urban Education (CUE) brings equity-mindedness to institutions of higher education through socially conscious research, tools and learning institutes. CUE seeks to provide 28 California Community Colleges with the technical assistance to develop and implement student equity plans that align with goals set forth by the California Community Colleges Office of the Chancellor. CUE will provide the data and technical assistance necessary to develop these plans and train campus administration and faculty in their proper and effective execution. The goal is to increase total number of students transferring to a four-year institution and improve the time transfer rate for students from underrepresented backgrounds. ECMCF funding will provide support for professional staff, consultants, and travel.
  • Pedagogy, Advising, and Curriculum Excellence (PACE) Project
    Grantee
    John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education
    Amount
    $650000
    Locations
    Texas, Oklahoma, Ohio, Indiana
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2019
    Focus
    system-to-system alignment, reducing completion barriers, multi-institutional collaboration, guided pathways, curriculum development/redesign
    Overview
    The John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education (JNGI) partners with colleges, universities, philanthropic organizations, educators, and other entities to increase institutional responsibility for improving outcomes associated with teaching, learning, retention, and completion. JNGI seeks support for the Pedagogy, Advising, and Curriculum Excellence (PACE) Project. They will scale a curriculum and advising redesign across six to eight postsecondary institutions in four partner states—Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas and Indiana. The goal is to decrease the number of students who dropout, withdraw or fail gateway courses and increase their overall persistence rates. ECMCF funding will provide support for other direct costs (program management, partnership planning), travel, computers & technology, and research & evaluation.
  • Reducing Inequities through Online Early College Opportunities
    Grantee
    Hawaii P-20
    Amount
    $418334
    Locations
    Hawaii
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2019
    Focus
    other, mentorship/advising/coaching
    Overview
    Hawaii P-20 improves college and career readiness for students by measuring progress from early education to the workforce and developing programs that impact education policy and activate statewide change. Hawaii P-20 received funding, through its fiscal sponsor University of Hawaii Foundation, to develop online early college courses for select high schools, which helps students earn high school and college credit. The goal is to address Early College access and equity issues in rural and remote areas of the state so that 170 students can earn high school and college credit.
  • SHEEO Attainment Academy
    Grantee
    State Higher Education Executive Officers Association
    Amount
    $766833
    Locations
    Tennessee, North Carolina, New Jersey, Michigan, Louisiana, Indiana, California
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2019
    Focus
    system-to-system alignment, reducing completion barriers, public policy engagements, leadership development
    Overview
    The State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) helps states develop and sustain excellent systems of higher education by serving as an expert liaison between states, postsecondary leaders and the federal government, and ensuring success of its members composed of the chief executives of statewide governing, policy, and coordinating boards of postsecondary education. SHEEO received funding to partner with the Education Strategy Group (ESG) to help seven selected states (California, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Tennessee) and SHEEO members join an attainment academy to better reach their statewide postsecondary attainment goals. The goal is to provide technical assistance and support, quarterly convenings, research and analysis, and mini-grants to refine and sharpen postsecondary attainment goals.
  • A Study of Florida Achieving the Dream Colleges
    Grantee
    Achieving the Dream
    Amount
    $500000
    Locations
    Florida
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2019
    Focus
    wraparound services, mentorship/advising/coaching, career pathways
    Overview
    Achieving the Dream (ATD) supports community college student success and completion with a particular focus on helping low-income students and students of color complete their education and obtain industry-valued credentials. Achieving the Dream received funding to contract MDRC, a social policy research organization, to evaluate nine ATD colleges in Florida. The goal is to use a mixed-methods approach to identity and uplift factors that help to facilitate or hinder institutional change efforts and student success outcomes. ECMCF funding provides support for professional staff, travel, and research conducted by MDRC.
  • Mentoring Young Adult Success Nationally through the College/Career Preparation, Access and Completion Program
    Grantee
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles
    Amount
    $499576
    Locations
    Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Minnesota, Florida, California
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2019
    Focus
    wraparound services, transfer, soft skills, mentorship/advising/coaching, financial aid, case management
    Overview
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles (BBBSLA) provides mentorship to Los Angeles County’s youth, ages 6-18. BBBSLA seeks support to expand the services of the College Preparation, Access and Completion (PAC) program. BBBSLA will coordinate PAC program development and technical guidance for five additional BBBS agencies. The goal is to scale the PAC model beyond its origin site at BBBSLA and prove its viability to increase BBBS mentee college persistence, ultimately providing a proof for the BBBS National headquarters. ECMCF funding will provide support for professional staff, consultants, training professional staff, and travel.
  • Scripps College Academy
    Grantee
    Scripps College
    Amount
    $119350
    Locations
    California
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2019
    Focus
    wraparound services, reducing completion barriers
    Overview
    Scripps College offers 50 undergraduate degree programs to over 1,000 enrolled students in its campus location in Claremont, California. Scripps College received funding to evaluate the Scripps College Academy (SCA), a free year-round college-readiness program for high-achieving female high school students in the greater Los Angeles area. The goal is to generate recommendations to inform and support SCA’s decisions for its continuous development and effectiveness of its college success outcomes.
  • Unlikely Los Angeles Red-Carpet Premiere and Theatrical Release
    Grantee
    College Innovation Project, LLC
    Amount
    $150000
    Locations
    District of Columbia, New York, California
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2019
    Focus
    other, public policy engagements, leadership development
    Overview
    College Innovation Project, LLC produces engaging content about postsecondary success through film, television, print and digital platforms. College Innovation Project, LLC received funding to distribute its film Unlikely, a feature-length documentary that investigates the college dropout crisis and the systemic barriers students face in their pursuit of an education and livable-wage career. The goal is to increase awareness of the issues featured in the film and provide solutions and resources to the public by coordinating the official opening of the film through a red-carpet premier in Los Angeles followed by a strategic three-city limited theatrical release in Los Angeles, New York City and Washington, DC.
  • Building Capacity to Achieve Scale through Tech-mediated Coaching
    Grantee
    College Forward
    Amount
    $900000
    Locations
    Texas
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2019
    Focus
    wraparound services, technology development, mentorship/advising/coaching, case management
    Overview
    College Forward received support to increase its organizational capacity to launch a new and better version of their services through the adoption of their mobile application that will provide high-quality, tech-mediated and personalized coaching, combined with location-based services. The goal is to scale the reach of College Forward’s advising services to increase college persistence.
  • Personal Success Skills Digital Library
    Grantee
    World Education, Inc.
    Amount
    $628228
    Locations
    Massachusetts
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2019
    Focus
    soft skills
    Overview
    World Education, Inc. (WEI) improves the well-being and economic mobility of low-income, lower-skilled adults and youth through education, training, and social supports. WEI received support for the development and implementation of the Personal Success Skills Digital Library, an online resource for college success and workforce development providers with technology-enabled tools. WEI will review existing ECMCF compiled resources, identify new resources, organize the content around its main thematic categories, and market the Digital Library. They will also work with 12 organizations over the length of the grant to explore and implement selected resources and annotate the collection with on-the-ground examples of personal success skills development in curriculum and instruction, advising, and career coaching. The goal is to identify and disseminate quality materials to help educators teach and assess personal success skills. ECMCF funding provides support for professional staff, computers and technology, and consultants.
  • Accelerating Non-Credit to Credit Pathways
    Grantee
    Education Strategy Group
    Amount
    $291280
    Locations
    Maryland
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2019
    Focus
    credentials, career pathways
    Overview
    Education Strategy Group (ESG) leverages and scales the highest-impact strategies to help all learners, especially those who are underrepresented, earn a postsecondary credential with labor market currency. ESG received support to research non-credit to credit pathways in select state community college systems across the country. They will conduct interviews and site visits, facilitate and monitor a community of practice, and create and disseminate a playbook. The goal is to strengthen the connection between workforce development and academic programs at community colleges in order to increase the number of individuals earning a high-quality postsecondary credential that leads to a meaningful career with professional stability and growth opportunities. ECMCF funding provides support for professional staff, consultants, and travel.
  • Degrees that Work: Connecting Apprenticeship and Higher Education
    Grantee
    New America
    Amount
    $120000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2019
    Focus
    apprenticeship
    Overview
    New America addresses the major challenges of our time—from cyber security and the future of war to global finance and the future of work. The Center on Education and Skills at New America (CESNA) broadens the array of high quality educational options for students of all ages, including through greater access to apprenticeship and work-based learning, new degree and credential designs, and other promising alternatives to traditional academic and classroom-based approaches to teaching and learning. CESNA received support for a planning grant to develop a comprehensive strategy to build the capacity of community colleges to deliver degree apprenticeship programs. They will conduct research into the challenges and opportunities facing community colleges in designing, financing, and sustaining degree apprenticeship programs and facilitate a design lab, which will convene community colleges and their industry partners intended to begin to map out how degree apprenticeships will work in practice. The goal is to understand how to develop a degree apprenticeship on a community college campus from the ground up and develop an implementation plan .ECMCF funding provides support for professional staff and the design lab.
  • Applying Integrated Student Supports to Community Colleges
    Grantee
    Communities In Schools National Office
    Amount
    $150000
    Locations
    Texas
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2019
    Focus
    wraparound services, transfer, reducing completion barriers, mentorship/advising/coaching, case management
    Overview
    Communities In Schools (CIS) connects students to a wide range of non-academic supports and resources that empower them to stay in school, graduate, pursue their college and career dreams, and succeed in life. Communities in Schools received support to conduct a case study on CIS of Houston’s post-secondary student initiative with Lone Star College. The goal of this research is to inform the CIS’ national office on the effectiveness and impact of CIS of Houston’s outcomes with community college students for the past eight years to share findings across the CIS network and determine what is necessary to scale this work to other CIS affiliates interested in supporting students in the postsecondary environment.
  • Merit America: From Proof of Concept to Scale
    Grantee
    Merit America
    Amount
    $600000
    Locations
    District of Columbia, Virginia, Texas, Maryland
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2019
    Focus
    multi-institutional collaboration, employer engagement, curriculum development/redesign, credentials, career pathways
    Overview
    Merit America builds educational pathways from low-skill jobs to middle-skill careers to meet the needs of working adults and American employers. Merit America received support to further validate and begin scaling its innovative model, which provides immediate skill development and career advancement opportunities to working adults, while enabling them to pursue postsecondary credit. They will replicate the program in two sites, develop new partnerships, create the infrastructure needed to scale the model, and generate data and learnings. The goal is to reach 1,150 participants in the next three years. ECMCF funding provides support for professional staff, computers and technology, and learner stipends.
  • Plumbers and Pipefitters Center of Excellence (PPCoE)
    Grantee
    Northern New Mexico College Foundation
    Amount
    $750000
    Locations
    New Mexico
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2019
    Focus
    employer engagement, curriculum development/redesign, career pathways, apprenticeship
    Overview
    Northern New Mexico College (NNMC) ensures student success by providing access to affordable, community-based learning opportunities that meet the educational, cultural and economic needs of the region. NNMC seeks support to develop a self-sustaining Plumbing and Pipefitters Center of Excellence (PPCoE) that will generate a pipeline of skilled labor to fill the employment needs of regional employers for decades into the future. They will collaborate with unions and industry to create a program that confers positive outcomes for students and the local workforce. The goal is to create a model for potential higher education/union partnerships nationwide, particularly in areas where key career readiness initiatives can serve as economic development engines in underprivileged communities. ECMCF funding will provide support for advertising, professional staff, computers and technology, non-capital equipment, office supplies, postage/shipping, printing/copying/binding, research and evaluation, and travel.
  • Single Moms Roadtrip
    Grantee
    Roadtrip Nation, Ltd.
    Amount
    $865000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2019
    Focus
    other
    Overview
    Roadtrip Nation provides self-discovery resources to empower individuals so that they can identify their interests, explore the stories of real-world professionals, and discover career pathways aligned with their unique ambitions and skills. Roadtrip Nation received support to conduct an interactive experience for single mother college students; develop content that will be broadcast on public television, shared online, and used for in-person programming; support accompanying outreach activities; and deploy educational resources for community college educators. The goal is to showcase the stories of single moms who found postsecondary success to help others visualize what higher education and career pathways exist. ECMCF funding supports advertising, professional staff, shipping, training for professional staff, travel, and other direct costs.
  • Re-Envisioning the CUNY Experience and Degree Attainment for Adults in NYC
    Grantee
    Research Foundation of the City University of New York
    Amount
    $887214
    Locations
    New York
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2019
    Focus
    wraparound services, re-engagement/degree completion campaigns, mentorship/advising/coaching, career pathways
    Overview
    The Research Foundation City University of New York (RFCUNY) supports CUNY faculty and staff in identifying and obtaining external support (pre-award) from government and private sponsors and is responsible for the administration of all such funded programs (post-award). RFCUNY seeks support to work with Kingsborough Community College in a pilot to test strategies for re-enrolling and supporting adult students who have some credit accumulation but no degree. They will target students in a “Finish What You Started” campaign that will employ new admissions and student support policies, procedures and incentives. The goal is to ease the friction of the re-enrollment process, improve student services to better address the needs of adult learners, improve rates of degree and credential attainment, and create stronger career success channels that lead to better opportunities for working adults. ECMCF funding will provide support for professional staff, consultants, and other director costs.
  • Building Ability to Benefit Capacity at the State and Local Levels
    Grantee
    Center for Law and Social Policy
    Amount
    $125000
    Locations
    Wisconsin, Washington, Texas, Rhode Island, National, Maryland, California
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2019
    Focus
    other, career pathways, adult basic education
    Overview
    The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) develops and implements federal, state, and local policies that reduce poverty, improve low-income people’s lives, and create pathways to economic security for everyone. CLASP received support to build state and local capacity in ability to benefit (AtB), a provision of federal financial aid that allows people without a high school diploma/equivalency to begin their credit-bearing postsecondary education while building foundational skills and completing their secondary credential. The goal is to help four states explore the development of a state defined process for AtB for submission to the United States Department of Education (ED) and have at least two states submit the plans. ECMCF funding provides support for professional staff, travel, and state sub-grants.
  • Identifying the Experiences of Two-Year College Students Seeking Mental Health Support
    Grantee
    Virginia Commonwealth University Foundation
    Amount
    $361392
    Locations
    Virginia
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2019
    Focus
    transfer, reducing completion barriers, multi-institutional collaboration, mental health, leadership development, basic needs
    Overview
    VCUF received support to develop a survey that will offer in-depth data on the mental health challenges and needs of community college students. Using survey results, a VCU research team will disseminate reports and briefings to state legislators and college administrators as well as tailored institutional plans to campuses to better support their students. The goal is to help two- and four-year institutions, higher education governing boards, and legislators in reducing mental health barriers to degree attainment among first-generation, underserved, low socioeconomic status (SES) community college students in Virginia. ECMCF funding will support professional staff, research and evaluation, travel, and consultants.
  • Post-Secondary/College Success Initiative
    Grantee
    Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education, Inc.
    Amount
    $306900
    Locations
    Georgia
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2019
    Focus
    system-to-system alignment, reducing completion barriers, public policy engagements, employer engagement
    Overview
    The Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education (GA Partnership) informs and influences Georgia leaders through research and non-partisan advocacy to impact education policies and practices for the improvement of student achievement. The GA Partnership seeks funding for their Postsecondary/College Success Initiative, GA Partnership’s signature postsecondary effort to build local, regional, and state capacity to address barriers to postsecondary completion. The initiative will expand regional summits and establish regional learning networks across Georgia to disseminate and amplify best practices in addressing college completion barriers, especially in Georgia’s hardest to reach communities. The goal is to engage rural community leaders to help voice a coordinated message of need to address state policy solutions. ECMCF funding will provide support for professional staff, printing/copying/binding, and travel.
  • Electrical Upgrade: Hydraulic/Pneumatic Trainers
    Grantee
    ECMC Education
    Amount
    $327366
    Locations
    Texas, Florida
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2019
    Focus
    curriculum development/redesign
    Overview
    Zenith Education Group received funding to purchase two Electrical Trainers for the Industrial Electrical trades program in Bissonnet, TX and Tampa, FL. The goal is to provide a simulated classroom experience to best prepare electrical students with hands on experience. ECMCF funding will provide for equipment, installation, and travel.
  • Enhanced Blended Learning Environment
    Grantee
    ECMC Education
    Amount
    $659050
    Locations
    Texas, Georgia, Florida
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2019
    Focus
    technology development
    Overview
    Zenith Education Group received funding to support the purchase of student iPads and laptops. The goal is to support the transition to eBooks and the shift to blended learning at the Altierus campuses. ECMCF funding will provide for student iPads, laptops, and hardware.
  • HVAC Retrofit
    Grantee
    ECMC Education
    Amount
    $275198
    Locations
    Texas, Florida
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2019
    Focus
    other, curriculum development/redesign
    Overview
    Zenith Education Group (ZEG) is a nonprofit provider of career school training offering programs in information technology, allied health, and the trades. Zenith operates the Altierus Career College (Altierus) campuses in Tampa, FL, Norcross, GA, and Bissonnet, TX. Zenith Education Group received funding to retrofit the HVAC labs at the Bissonett and Tampa campuses to accommodate the additional Refrigeration Technician training specialty. The goal is to ensure classroom equipment is modernized in order to create a learning environment to best train future HVAC technicians. ECMCF funding will provide for travel, HVAC/R equipment, contractors, and construction costs.
  • All-In Milwaukee Organizational Launch Support
    Grantee
    All-In Milwaukee
    Amount
    $250000
    Locations
    Wisconsin
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2019
    Focus
    wraparound services, reducing completion barriers, multi-institutional collaboration, case management
    Overview
    All-In Milwaukee (AIM) provides comprehensive support to low-income students in Milwaukee including maximized financial aid, customized advising, and career readiness to ensure students complete college and matriculate into the Milwaukee workforce. AIM received funding to launch their program, which is modeled after Wallin Education Partners’ college completion program in Minnesota. The goal is to launch the program in fall 2019 with 40 scholars and to have 200 total scholars by 2023. .
  • EAGLE (Engaging Adults to Graduate, Leveraging Efficiencies)
    Grantee
    Sinclair Community College
    Amount
    $480892
    Locations
    Ohio
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2019
    Focus
    wraparound services, re-engagement/degree completion campaigns, mentorship/advising/coaching, career pathways
    Overview
    Sinclair Community College serves nearly 30,000 students annually and offers 267 certificate and degree programs. Sinclair received funding to create an accelerated part-time associate degree program based on the successes of their accelerated full-time associate degree program. They will implement a streamlined enrollment process and system of wraparound supports to improve time to completion for students. The goal is to help part-time students earn their associate degree within a 36-month timeframe. ECMCF funding provides support for professional staff, printing, copying, binding, and travel.
  • SaaS Enterprise Solution
    Grantee
    Blendoor, Inc.
    Amount
    $150000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2019
    Focus
    technology development, employer engagement
    Overview
    Blendoor is a talent marketplace and hiring platform for companies seeking diverse candidates. The company uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to match diverse job seekers with job opportunities. Blendoor received an investment to help build out and scale its enterprise model. Consistent with ECMC Foundation’s mission, the goal is to help more candidates from diverse backgrounds obtain gainful employment. ECMC Foundation’s investment helped Blendoor expand the reach of its impact.
  • Tennessee Prison College Coalition
    Grantee
    Tennessee Higher Education Initiative, Inc.
    Amount
    $125000
    Locations
    Tennessee
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2019
    Focus
    re-entry/post-incarceration, anti-recidivism
    Overview
    The Tennessee Higher Education Initiative (THEI) creates opportunities for autonomy and success by providing college access to people inside Tennessee prisons, preparing students for skillful re-entry, and reducing barriers to continued education and achievement. THEI received funding for a planning grant to design and implement the Tennessee Prison College Coalition, a structure for THEI school partners, corrections partners, re-entry partners and community partners to share best practices, identify programming challenges, and set a policy agenda for prison higher education across the state. The goal is to design and implement a systems approach to prison higher education in Tennessee. ECMCF funding provides support for professional staff, travel, and consultants.
  • A Future-Ready Workforce: Preparing Community College Students for a Global Economy
    Grantee
    Asia Society
    Amount
    $74980
    Locations
    New York
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2019
    Focus
    curriculum development/redesign
    Overview
    Asia Society ensures that, in an interconnected global era, all youth from all countries and cultures have the capacity to create, participate in, and benefit from a peaceful and prosperous world. Asia Society received funding to create a white paper on global competency in community colleges and convene an advisory group. The advisory group will provide feedback, advice, and additional resources needed to prepare faculty and students across the country with the skills needed for success in a global economy. The goal is that the white paper will lay the groundwork for Asia Society to create a curriculum for globally-minded CTE programs in community colleges. ECMCF funding provides support for consultants, professional staff, and travel.
  • Operation Restoration Lab Assistant Program
    Grantee
    Operation Restoration
    Amount
    $65000
    Locations
    Louisiana
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2019
    Focus
    multi-institutional collaboration, employer engagement, curriculum development/redesign, accreditation
    Overview
    Operation Restoration provides currently and formerly incarcerated women with the resources necessary to sustainably transition through higher education, employment training, job placement, case management, and advocacy. Operation Restoration received funding to develop a vocational program for incarcerated women to pursue employment in the healthcare laboratory profession upon release. The goal is to formalize partnerships with postsecondary education providers and employers and to begin the accreditation process. ECMCF funding provides support for consultants and travel.
  • Tennessee Reconnect Success Collaborative
    Grantee
    Tennessee Higher Education Commission
    Amount
    $647666
    Locations
    Tennessee
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2019
    Focus
    wraparound services, system-to-system alignment, re-engagement/degree completion campaigns, reducing completion barriers, mentorship/advising/coaching
    Overview
    The Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) focuses on increasing the number of Tennesseans with a postsecondary credential. THEC seeks to expand partnerships in order to provide wraparound support via public benefits to adult learners using Reconnect services. They will provide training to Reconnect Navigators, Reconnect Ambassadors, faculty, and staff and create a database that houses information about existing public benefits, resources, and supports for staff working with adult learners. The goal is to provide more Tennesseans with the support necessary to enroll and persist towards a credential. ECMCF funding will provide support for consultants, computers & technology, research & evaluation, printing, copying, binding, training for volunteers, and travel.
  • Improving Student Success: Implementation of co-requisite models of remediation in the California Community College System.
    Grantee
    Public Policy Institute of California
    Amount
    $93000
    Locations
    California
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2019
    Focus
    other, system-to-system alignment, reducing completion barriers, curriculum development/redesign, credentials
    Overview
    The Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) informs and improves public policy in California through independent and objective research on major economic, social, and political issues. PPIC seeks funding to examine the use of co-requisite remediation since the state required the California Community Colleges to restructure developmental education to provide more inclusive and expansive access to transfer-level English and math and increase the numbers of students who successfully move through co-requisite remediation. The goal is to assess the range of co-requisite models offered across the 114 existing California Community Colleges and measure outcomes for each college, highlighting those approaches and campuses that have had the most successful early results. ECMCF funding will provide support for professional staff, computers & technology, other direct costs, and travel.
  • The Pomona Regional Learning Collaborative (RLC)
    Grantee
    Claremont Graduate University
    Amount
    $300000
    Locations
    California
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2019
    Focus
    wraparound services, transfer, technology development, system-to-system alignment, reducing completion barriers, multi-institutional collaboration, mentorship/advising/coaching, guided pathways
    Overview
    The Education, Development, and Evaluation Group (EDEVAL) at Claremont Graduate University provides rigorous strategic planning, program design, applied inquiry, and evaluation services that support and strengthen the capacity of educational pipeline institutions and youth serving organizations. EDEVAL seeks support for the Pomona Regional Learning Collaborative (RLC). The RLC will engage two-year and four-year member campuses in the Pomona region to develop partnerships, policies, and practices that strengthen transfer culture, handoffs, and advising for students. The goal is to increase two-year to four-year transfer across four participating campuses and potentially all 12 within the network. ECMCF funding will provide support for professional staff, consultants, training, and computers and technology.
  • Developing Promising Practices for Serving California State University Students Basic Needs
    Grantee
    California State University, Long Beach Research Foundation
    Amount
    $541244
    Locations
    California
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2019
    Focus
    wraparound services, reducing completion barriers, mental health, financial aid, case management, basic needs
    Overview
    The California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) Research Foundation serves the mission of the University by supporting and engaging in research, entrepreneurship, and community service. The CSULB Research Foundation seeks support to conduct a two-year evaluation to identify and test promising practices that help meet students’ basic needs (e.g. housing, hunger, mental health). Under the direction of two faculty researchers, they will evaluate the efficacy of these practices at test and control campuses. The goal is to develop a toolkit of evidence-based practices in order to scale and improve basic needs programs across CSU campuses. ECMCF funding will provide support for professional staff, other direct costs, travel and office supplies.
  • Professional Skills Development
    Grantee
    ECMC Education
    Amount
    $95000
    Locations
    Texas, Georgia, Florida
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2019
    Focus
    soft skills, curriculum development/redesign
    Overview
    Zenith Education Group (ZEG) is a nonprofit provider of career school training offering programs in information technology, allied health, and the trades. Zenith operates the Altierus Career College (Altierus) campuses in Tampa, FL, Norcross, GA, and Bissonnet, TX. Zenith Education Group received funding to support the integration of professional skills into the student lifecycle through curriculum assessment, development of a professional skills course, and digital credentialing. The goal is to provide students with enhanced professional skills to prepare them for job readiness and placement. ECMCF funding will provide for consultants, technology, and staff/faculty travel.
  • Woodrow Wilson CTE Media Fellowship - Sponsored by ECMC Foundation
    Grantee
    The Institute for Citizens & Scholars
    Amount
    $2050314
    Locations
    District of Columbia, Ohio, North Carolina, New Jersey, National, Michigan, Massachusetts, Maryland, Colorado, California
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2019
    Focus
    leadership development
    Overview
    The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation (WW) identifies and cultivates individuals and institutions to address the nation’s critical challenges in education. WW received funding to recruit, support, and grant funds to four cohorts of eight to ten CTE Journalism Fellows focused on postsecondary CTE. Additionally, WW will host a CTE symposium for their Fellows, and Fellows will complete at minimum one reporting project on postsecondary CTE. The goal is to increase the number of journalists equipped with tools and networks to provide richer and more comprehensive coverage of postsecondary education, particularly CTE. ECMCF funding provides support for consultants, professional staff, office supplies, training, travel, nomination/selection process, convening of Fellows, and research/travel grants made to Fellows.
  • Assessing the Value of Short-Term Postsecondary Credentials
    Grantee
    Association of Community College Trustees
    Amount
    $110000
    Locations
    District of Columbia
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2019
    Focus
    credentials, career pathways
    Overview
    Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) represents more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees who govern over 1,200 community, technical, and junior colleges. ACCT received funding for a new research project to study academic and employment outcomes for community college students who participate in short-term credit and non-credit training programs. The goal is to inform community college leaders and policymakers considering short-term credentials and short-term Pell Grant eligibility. ECMCF funding provides support for advertising, consultants, professional staff, and office supplies.
  • Strategic Data Project - Career and Technical Education Sponsored by the ECMC Foundation
    Grantee
    Presidents and Fellows of Harvard College
    Amount
    $1849920
    Locations
    Tennessee, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Massachusetts, Kansas, Florida, Delaware
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2019
    Focus
    mentorship/advising/coaching, leadership development
    Overview
    The Center for Education Policy Research (CEPR) at Harvard University transforms education through the power of quality research and evidence and created the Strategic Data Project (SDP) to recruit, place, and train analysts within K-12 school systems to improve their capacity to use data for improvement. SDP, which exists within CEPR, received funding to launch a new fellowship program focused on supporting institutions of higher education with career and technical training programs. They will offer professional development opportunities to the 40 Fellows selected over the course of the grant and help them implement practices learned in the program to improve student outcomes. The goal is to improve the Fellows’ use of data to support students in the successful completion of CTE programs and to generate insights about the workforce outcomes of their various CTE programs. ECMCF funding provides support for advertising, consultants, professional staff, computers and technology, office supplies, and travel.
  • Illinois Equity in Attainment
    Grantee
    Partnership for College Completion
    Amount
    $506600
    Locations
    Illinois
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2019
    Focus
    system-to-system alignment, reducing completion barriers, public policy engagements, multi-institutional collaboration
    Overview
    Partnership for College Completion (PCC) works with colleges and universities and elected officials to close the equity gap in degree completion in the Chicago area to create institutional and state policy changes that prioritize success for low-income students and students of color. PCC seeks funding to initiate the implementation phase of the Illinois Equity in Attainment (ILEA) initiative, PCC’s signature program to increase completion rates across 29 committed colleges and universities. The goal of this initiative is to eliminate racial and socioeconomic achievement gaps in the region by 2025 and aggressively prioritize increasing completion rates, establishing northeastern Illinois as a national leader in equity in degree attainment. ECMC Foundation will provide funding for consultants, professional staff, travel, and training.
  • Instructional Coaches
    Grantee
    ECMC Education
    Amount
    $600000
    Locations
    Texas, Georgia, Florida
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2019
    Focus
    other
    Overview
    Zenith Education Group (ZEG) is a nonprofit provider of career school training offering programs in information technology, allied health, and the trades. Zenith operates the Altierus Career College (Altierus) campuses in Tampa, FL, Norcross, GA, and Bissonnet, TX. Zenith Education Group received funding to hire Instructional Coaches for faculty feedback and development. The goal is to improve classroom instruction and provide professional development to faculty and instructors. ECMCF funding will provide for three full time Instructional Coaches and travel costs.
  • The Foundation for an Adult Reconnect Program
    Grantee
    The Foundation for Maine’s Community Colleges
    Amount
    $74700
    Locations
    Maine
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2019
    Focus
    re-engagement/degree completion campaigns, career pathways
    Overview
    The Foundation for Maine’s Community Colleges ensures that the state’s seven community colleges have the resources they need to provide a high quality and affordable college education for Mainers. FMCC seeks support for the Maine Community College System’s (MCCS) research project on adults in Maine with some college and no degree. They will contract a research firm to review student level data to identify academic, non-academic, and financial barriers and an audit of system and college policies to address barriers that complicate reconnection. They will also conduct a statewide qualitative analysis using focus groups of non-completers, adult learners, and their communities of support and a follow-up quantitative statewide field survey of this same population to learn about the academic and non-academic challenges they face. The goal is to determine what derailed these students, what will motivate them to complete, and how the state’s colleges need to fundamentally change to better serve their students. ECMCF funding will provide support for consultants and professional staff.
  • Basic Needs for Community College Completion in Arkansas
    Grantee
    Arkansas Community Colleges
    Amount
    $601000
    Locations
    Arkansas
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2019
    Focus
    multi-institutional collaboration, basic needs
    Overview
    Established in 1989, Arkansas Community Colleges (ACC) is a nonprofit association representing all 22 public community colleges in Arkansas. ACC seeks support to pilot and scale their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) outreach model throughout the state’s 22 community colleges to address food insecurities on campus and help more students complete their postsecondary programs. They will initially work with four community colleges that have established food pantries to pilot a SNAP outreach model that ACC can scale with the state's remaining 18 community college. The goal is to create efficiencies to enroll more students in SNAP (and other public benefits such as Medicaid and SNAP E&T) across the community college system and build an evidence base on the effectiveness of on-campus food pantry services and the impact for students receiving these benefits. Each of the 22 colleges have indicated that if these efforts to alleviate food insecurity for students demonstrate an impact on student outcomes, the project will be sustained as each respective college will reallocate resources to provide baseline funding. ECMCF funding will provide support for staff, travel, consultants, research and evaluation, and training costs.
  • Bridge To Finish
    Grantee
    United Way of King County
    Amount
    $525000
    Locations
    Washington
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2019
    Focus
    wraparound services, reducing completion barriers, public policy engagements, mental health, financial aid, case management, basic needs
    Overview
    • Through financial empowerment models of connecting community members to public benefits and income supports, United Way of King County (UWKC) addresses issues of poverty within King County, Washington. UWKC seeks support to scale Bridge to Finish, a program that connects students with basic need supports and financial education to assist in obtaining a college degree or certificate, across nine college campus partners. These colleges were selected because they have high concentration of target populations, demonstrated need for food, housing, and other services, and a strong commitment to working with UWKC to reduce barriers for students. This funding will help UWKC serve more students, create partnerships with local governments and community-based organizations, refine existing services concerning student basic needs, expand services to include childcare options and mental health services, and evaluate their model for replication. The goal is to provide wrap-around supports for students’ basic needs and to work towards statewide policy change. In June 2019, United Way of King County made a public commitment to raise $15 million to scale Benefits Hub over the next 3-5 years. They have already secured more than $3 million in gifts from individuals, government, and corporate partners. ECMCF funding will provide support for staff, contracts, travel, evaluation, and other direct costs.
  • Increasing Awareness of Basic Needs through Holistic Measures of Student Success for Community College Leaders
    Grantee
    Ithaka Harbors, Inc.
    Amount
    $203995
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2019
    Focus
    reducing completion barriers, public policy engagements, basic needs
    Overview
    Ithaka Harbors provides research and strategic guidance to help academic and cultural communities serve the public good and navigate economic, technological, and demographic change. Ithaka Harbors seeks support to research and design new, holistic measures for student success that take into account students’ basic needs and the students’ own definitions of success (which are usually in relation to students’ perception of community, security, and accomplishment), alongside more traditional, institution-generated indicators of success. They will conduct research including a national survey, interviews with institutional leaders, and an analysis of secondary sources. The goal is to build a common vocabulary to raise awareness of holistic student needs, develop new metrics that capture a more complex understanding of student needs that take into account academic and basic needs, and produce evidence-based recommendations on ways that higher education leaders can leverage these insights. ECMCF funding will provide support for professional staff, travel, and other direct costs.
  • MI-BEST: Michigan Building Economic Stability Today
    Grantee
    Michigan Community College Association
    Amount
    $442208
    Locations
    Michigan
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2019
    Focus
    wraparound services, technology development, system-to-system alignment, reducing completion barriers, public policy engagements, financial aid, case management, basic needs
    Overview
    Michigan Community College Association (MCCA) represents 28 public community colleges in Michigan and has ongoing efforts to improve student outcomes, emphasizing linkages between practice, research, and policy. MCCA seeks support to launch its Michigan Building Economic Stability Today (MI-BEST) initiative, which aims to address the lack of systematic strategies around non-academic barriers to student success. Through the MCCA’s Michigan Center for Student Success (MCSS), research and state partners will be engaged to structure a seamless support system centered on basic needs across 26 MCCA campuses. For example, MCSS will coordinate training for community college staff on the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ benefits application tool, MiBridges, which allows users to apply for public benefits and connect with community-based organizations within a single, digital point of entry. The goal is to leverage statewide partnerships to extend the functionality of Michigan community colleges to become points of access, navigation, or referral to social services for students facing gaps in basic needs. ECMCF funding will provide support for staff, consultants, travel, evaluation, and other direct costs.
  • Linking Basic Needs Initiatives to Student Success: Building Evidence-Based Practice in Hispanic-Serving Institutions in Texas
    Grantee
    University of Tennessee, Knoxville
    Amount
    $313762
    Locations
    Texas
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2019
    Focus
    reducing completion barriers, multi-institutional collaboration, basic needs
    Overview
    Established in 1969, the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) is a public research institution and the third largest campus in the UT system, enrolling 38,400 students. UTSA seeks support to build a statewide network supporting the advancement of evidence-based Basic Needs Initiatives (BNI) to improve student success in Texas Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs). They will identify current BNI assessment practices in Texas HSIs and increase institutional capacity to engage in effective and robust monitoring and evaluating of BNI’s impact on student success. Additionally, they will use this information to convene all postsecondary institutions in Texas to build a statewide network committed to student success. The goal is to provide an opportunity to develop practices and expertise within institutions that links the work being accomplished to address basic student needs to student success outcome measures so that other institutions can find guidance in the development and implementation of their own BNI and student success assessments. ECMCF funding will provide support for staff, travel, consultants, and training costs.
  • Campus Food Insecurity Initiative
    Grantee
    Auburn University Foundation
    Amount
    $526081
    Locations
    Alabama
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2019
    Focus
    system-to-system alignment, reducing completion barriers, multi-institutional collaboration, basic needs
    Overview
    The Auburn University Foundation (Auburn) manages philanthropic gifts on behalf of Auburn University, a public research and land-grant university that enrolls 23,000 undergraduates. Auburn seeks support to pilot and scale a systematic approach to address campus food insecurity using direct student supports at 10 public and private Alabama four-year universities. They will pilot and scale a multi-step approach to this initiative by assessing need, creating and implementing an action plan across all universities, evaluating program effectiveness, and lastly disseminating findings to assess best practices to further scale this initiative. Student interviews and a comprehensive review of institutional documents will be conducted to measure student perceptions and experiences with regards to campus food aid resources. The goal is to enhance direct student supports and overarching systemic reform initiatives that can be scaled to ensure student success. Auburn and the 10 partnering campuses will continue to be involved with the Alabama Campus Coalition and its Campus Food Security Initiative. Together, they will ensure that the Coalition expands its activities to additional two- and four-year colleges and universities across the state. ECMCF funding will provide support for staff, travel, consultants, research and evaluation, and training costs. ECMCF funding will provide support for staff, travel, research and evaluation, and other direct costs.
  • California Student Homelessness Project
    Grantee
    John Burton Advocates for Youth
    Amount
    $525000
    Locations
    California
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2019
    Focus
    reducing completion barriers, multi-institutional collaboration, leadership development, case management, basic needs
    Overview
    John Burton Advocates for Youth (JBAY) improves the quality of life for California’s most vulnerable youth and young adults, including homeless and foster youth through advocacy, technical assistance, and the production of actionable research. In response to California’s recent allocation of $19 million for college-focused rapid rehousing, John Burton Advocates for Youth (JBAY) will provide technical assistance across the University of California (UC), California State University (CSU) and California Community College (CCC) systems to help support the implementation of the newly available state funding. To support this work, JBAY will develop and disseminate a new toolkit on how campuses engage public agencies (Continuum of Care partners) to provide warm hand-offs to students experiencing homelessness, train liaisons at UC, CSU, and CCC campuses on how to better support homeless students, and establish basic needs centers within the CCCs. The goal is to reduce the number of college students who experience homelessness in California, thereby improving rates of degree attainment among the state’s must vulnerable and underserved populations. ECMCF funding will provide support for staff, travel, consultants, and other direct costs.
  • Skill-Based Hiring Platform
    Grantee
    Skillist
    Amount
    $150000
    Locations
    New York, Massachusetts, California
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2019
    Focus
    technology development, soft skills, employer engagement
    Overview
    Skillist is a skill-based, identity-blind hiring platform that connects companies seeking entry-level talent to relevant, often overlooked jobseekers – like the millions of Americans with some education beyond high school, but without a four-year college degree. Skillist received support from ECMC Foundation to help grow their programmatic offerings to customers in order to deepen their market foothold in Boston, while expanding to NYC and the Bay Area. The goal is to create a better way for jobseekers and employers to connect, so that the millions of talented Americans with credentials and associates degrees can gain entree to career-advancing opportunities with companies that value their skills.
  • Edquity for College Students
    Grantee
    Edquity
    Amount
    $850000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2019
    Focus
    financial aid, basic needs
    Overview
    Edquity is the first technology solution to help colleges combat basic needs insecurity and enhance emergency aid capabilities. Edquity’s college app, “Edquity for College Students,” supports students around day-to-day cash-flow management, emergency resource referral, and emergency aid provision. The platform is specifically focused on improving educational outcomes and economic mobility for students from underserved backgrounds. Edquity received support from ECMC Foundation to build out and grow its emergency aid disbursement function. The goal is to preempt and remediate financial crisis in college to ensure that students have the financial means to attain their postsecondary credential and realize a return on their postsecondary investment.
  • Higher Education in Prison Landscape Project
    Grantee
    Alliance for Higher Education in Prison
    Amount
    $329808
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2019
    Focus
    technology development
    Overview
    Alliance for Higher Education in Prison (the Alliance) supports the expansion of quality higher education in prison, empowers students in prison and after release, and shapes public discussion about higher education and incarceration. The Alliance seeks support to develop the National Directory of Higher Education in Prison Programs and host the digital resource on the Alliance’s website. The goal is to build the field of higher education in prison by working to define the practices and theories that constitute high-quality teaching and learning in prison. ECMCF funding will provide support for consultants, staff, technology, travel, and training.
  • Dual Enrollment
    Grantee
    ECMC Education
    Amount
    $70000
    Locations
    Georgia, Florida
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2019
    Focus
    multi-institutional collaboration
    Overview
    Zenith Education Group (ZEG) is a nonprofit provider of career school training offering programs in information technology, allied health, and the trades. Zenith operates the Altierus Career College (Altierus) campuses in Tampa, FL, Norcross, GA, and Bissonnet, TX. Zenith Education Group received funding to assess the possibility of launching dual enrollment programs in Florida and Georgia. The goal is to understand whether dual enrollment would be a mutually beneficial move for Zenith and Altierus and the surrounding educational and employer landscapes. ECMC Foundation will provide funding for consultants.
  • Building LIFT’s Strategy to Improve Parent Retention and Graduation Rates in Community Colleges
    Grantee
    LIFT
    Amount
    $150000
    Locations
    District of Columbia, New York, Illinois, California
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2019
    Focus
    case management, career pathways
    Overview
    LIFT empowers families to break the cycle of poverty by providing parents with career and financial coaching and financial support, enabling them to establish personal educational, career, and financial goals. LIFT is requesting funding to create a strategy and plan for the expansion and building of formal partnerships with community colleges and CTE institutions in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. in order to support student parents. The goal is to create a plan in order to implement formal partnerships with community colleges. ECMCF will support funding for consultants and professional staff.
  • Advancing Student-Centered College Affordability Policy and Practice
    Grantee
    uAspire
    Amount
    $540000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2019
    Focus
    other, technology development, public policy engagements, financial aid
    Overview
    uAspire ensures that all young people have the financial information and resources necessary to find an affordable path to and through a postsecondary education through its advising and advocacy services. uAspire seeks support to pilot its Systems Change model, wherein uAspire partners with institutions to improve their financial aid and student services departments in ways that are more student-centered and transparent, particularly for the low-income and underrepresented students. They will develop and launch a new consulting model, build uAspire’s capacity to align with the new model, and further the model’s brand presence to ensure sustainability. The goal is to engage up to 18 higher education-focused institutions in consulting contracts, redesigning financial systems to serve approximately 250,000 students. ECMCF funding will provide support for professional staff, consultants, travel, and other direct costs.
  • SAAB: Next Era of Work
    Grantee
    SAAB National Headquarters
    Amount
    $100000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2020
    Focus
    mentorship/advising/coaching
    Overview
    Founded in 1990, SAAB provides support for young men of color to successfully matriculate and graduate from college through student-run chapters. SAAB received funding to strengthen internal operations by revamping their marketing and communications plan and data management system. The goal is to improve the organization’s ability to more effectively boost student persistence and degree completion for men of color.
  • Students in Need in Community Colleges
    Grantee
    The University of Texas Foundation
    Amount
    $135228
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2019
    Focus
    basic needs
    Overview
    The University of Texas (UT) Foundation accepts and manages philanthropic gifts on behalf of the University of Texas System. The UT Foundation seeks support for the Center for Community College Student Engagement (the Center), which conducts national student surveys in order to capture student voice in community colleges. The Center will develop and execute additional survey items within their two major student surveys in order to capture national data on students facing gaps in basic needs, especially around areas of housing and food insecurity. The goal is to investigate nationally the impact of gaps in basic needs on student engagement and self-reported GPA in order to both inform and make recommendations to community colleges. ECMCF funding will provide support for professional staff, consultants, and travel.
  • Single Mothers’ Career Readiness and Success Implementation Project
    Grantee
    World Education, Inc.
    Amount
    $499998
    Locations
    Wisconsin, Texas, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, National, Maryland, Hawaii, Florida
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2019
    Focus
    wraparound services, reducing completion barriers, multi-institutional collaboration
    Overview
    World Education, Inc. improves the well-being and economic mobility of low-income, lower-skilled adults and youth through education, training, and social supports. World Education, Inc. received funding to help eight community colleges build their capacity to broaden and expand key practices and services that can enhance single mothers’ career readiness and success in college. They will provide technical assistance to participating colleges as they collect and analyze data and develop and implement action plans for expanding their capacity to identify and support single mother students. The goal is to expand the colleges’ capacity to support the persistence and completion of single mothers and student parents. ECMCF funding provides support for consultants, professional staff, and travel.
  • Postsecondary Paths
    Grantee
    America Achieves
    Amount
    $75000
    Locations
    New York
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2019
    Focus
    career pathways
    Overview
    America Achieves works to support and scale effective pathways to careers in a changing economy, including those that do not initially require a four-year degree. America Achieves seeks support to manage the Postsecondary Paths website developed by Entangled Solutions and Digital Promise through a grant from ECMC Foundation. They will host the website and determine how they will use it after their planning process for the national education-focused philanthropic organizations that they are convening. The goal is to use this tool to help leading philanthropies communicate and collaborate in order to develop a shared understanding of postsecondary career pathways and implement effective investment approaches in the career pathways ecosystem. ECMCF funding will provide support for professional staff.
  • Career Laddering in Allied Healthcare Fields
    Grantee
    Virginia Foundation for Community College Education
    Amount
    $149160
    Locations
    Virginia
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2019
    Focus
    prior learning assessment, credentials, career pathways
    Overview
    Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE) broadens educational access, supports student success, and provides innovative solutions to workforce needs. VFCCE seeks support to pilot a program in the allied health field to more clearly articulate the paths from non-credit to credit in the Virginia Community College System. They will develop seamless pathways through course maps, informing students of further academic and career progression, enhanced advising plans, innovative scheduling, and student support services so students continue engaging in their educational journey. The goal is to provide students a clearly defined pathway to attainment of multiple, stackable credentials that will propel their career and wage growth in allied health fields. ECMCF funding will provide support for advertising, professional staff, office supplies, research and evaluation, training for professional staff, and travel
  • Health Pathways
    Grantee
    Denver Education Attainment Network
    Amount
    $75000
    Locations
    Colorado
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2019
    Focus
    system-to-system alignment, multi-institutional collaboration, career pathways
    Overview
    Denver Education Attainment Network (DEAN) increases educational attainment, closes equity gaps, and creates connections to better workforce opportunities for low-income, first-generation and students of color in Denver. DEAN seeks support to create a roadmap in the healthcare field for building stackable, workforce-relevant certifications, certificates and degrees in Denver. They will convene an advisory committee and hire a consultant to help build the roadmap. The goal is to expand work-based learning and apprenticeships, prior learning credit towards stackable first credential and scaling of affordable pathways within and beyond the Metro Denver region. ECMCF funding will provide support for consultants and professional staff.
  • The Advancing CTE Data Quality Initiative
    Grantee
    The Center to Advance CTE
    Amount
    $750000
    Locations
    District of Columbia, Oregon, Florida, Delaware, Alabama
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2019
    Focus
    system-to-system alignment, mentorship/advising/coaching, curriculum development/redesign, career pathways
    Overview
    The Center to Advance CTE supports and promotes a positive environment in which high-quality career and technical education (CTE) policies, programs and practice can be developed, nurtured and sustained by amplifying the successes of and lessons learned by state CTE leaders, cultivating critical partners and perspectives, promoting and facilitating innovation, and expanding capacity across the CTE community. The Center to Advance CTE received funding for a multi-state initiative to improve quality, availability, and effective use of postsecondary CTE data at both the state and institution level to support the success of postsecondary learners. They will recruit up to four teams from different states and provide them the support and tools needed to improve data quality and usage throughout each of their states. The goal is for each participating state team to develop and execute two-year action plans around the quality and effective use of postsecondary CTE data and share learnings with non-participating states. ECMCF funding provides support for consultants, professional staff, computers & technology, office supplies, postage/shipping, printing/copying/binding, and travel.
  • Employment Technology Fund - Advisory Board Executive Committee
    Grantee
    JFFLabs, Inc.
    Amount
    $1000000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2018
    Focus
    technology development, job readiness program, adult basic education
    Overview
    JFFLabs, Inc. received funding to help it grow its portfolio of social entrepreneurs and early-stage ventures that use promising market-based and tech-enabled solutions to help close the education and employment gap for low-income adults.
  • Corrections to College CA
    Grantee
    Foundation for California Community Colleges
    Amount
    $300000
    Locations
    California
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2020
    Focus
    re-entry/post-incarceration, anti-recidivism
    Overview
    The Foundation for California Community Colleges received funding to merge Corrections to College CA into a fully integrated program within the FoundationCCC to expand its reach. The goal is to support institutions within the CCC to more effectively serve justice-involved students.
  • iMentor Postsecondary Transfer Pilot
    Grantee
    iMentor
    Amount
    $750000
    Locations
    New York, National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2020
    Focus
    transfer, mentorship/advising/coaching
    Overview
    iMentor seeks funding to support their Postsecondary Programming (PSP), in which mentors continue to advise their students beyond their first year of college and up to graduation. The goal is to increase persistence and transfer rates for New York City-based community college students. In addition, iMentor plans to scale PSP to other iMentor sites and in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies.
  • Project Gateway
    Grantee
    College Access Information Continuum (CAIC), a Project of Community Partners
    Amount
    $300000
    Locations
    California
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2020
    Focus
    reducing completion barriers, curriculum development/redesign
    Overview
    CAIC received funding to support the launch of Project Gateway, an effort aimed at increasing the pass rate for transfer-level math courses for California community college students enrolled in Santa Ana College (SAC). The goal is to equip SAC math faculty with effective tools, resources, and pedagogical practices while offering students additional academic supports to increase pass rates across the community college system.
  • Communities of Practice (CoP) and Reinvigorate the Postsecondary Success City Action Network (PSCAN) to Address Basic Needs of College Students
    Grantee
    National League of Cities Institute
    Amount
    $700000
    Locations
    Texas, Ohio, North Carolina, New Jersey, Nevada, Missouri, Illinois, Florida, California, Arizona
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2020
    Focus
    wraparound services, system-to-system alignment, reducing completion barriers, public policy engagements, basic needs
    Overview
    The National League of Cities Institute (NLCI) seeks funding to expand the scope and scale of its work with municipal leaders who seek to develop policies and practices that remove key barriers to postsecondary completion. NLCI hopes to move from its current seven-city focus to a much broader scale, focusing especially on its basic needs initiative.
  • Linking Experience, Academics and Practice (LEAP)
    Grantee
    John Jay College Foundation
    Amount
    $635500
    Locations
    Ohio, New York
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2020
    Focus
    wraparound services, soft skills, mentorship/advising/coaching
    Overview
    John Jay College seeks funding to support the pilot of Linking Experience, Academics and Practice (LEAP), a cohort-based program that will provide a low-cost suite of supports for incoming first-year students who are not currently engaged in a student retention program on campus. The goal is to develop an evidence base for an affordable and scalable model that raises students’ persistence and degree completion rates.
  • Los Angeles Credential Transparency Initiative
    Grantee
    Credential Engine, Inc.
    Amount
    $438883
    Locations
    California
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2020
    Focus
    credentials
    Overview
    Credential Engine received funding to support work with statewide systems, including the California Community Colleges and institutions in Los Angeles County, to make information about all available credentials in the state published to the Credential Registry (the Registry), where credential data is accessible to benefit the public at large.
  • Pathways: Elevating Self-Sufficiency through Career Technical Education for Single Mothers
    Grantee
    Women's Foundation for the State of Arizona
    Amount
    $750000
    Locations
    Arizona
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2020
    Focus
    wraparound services, reducing completion barriers, public policy engagements, mentorship/advising/coaching, financial aid, career pathways, adult basic education
    Overview
    The Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona seeks funding to launch Pathways: Elevating Self-Sufficiency for Single Mothers, a two-generation pilot program that will support single mothers working toward earning a one-year credit-bearing certificate in a career field that pays a self-sufficient wage at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona.
  • Counties Supporting Postsecondary Education Systems and Workforce Opportunities
    Grantee
    National Association of Counties Research Foundation
    Amount
    $150000
    Locations
    District of Columbia
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2019
    Focus
    job readiness program
    Overview
    The National Association of Counties Research Foundation (NACoRF) brings together and elevates the leadership of county governments to achieve healthy, vibrant and safe communities across the nation. NACoRF seeks support to conduct a national landscape analysis to better understand how counties interact with local postsecondary institutions. They will explore the current state of county and postsecondary institution partnerships, gain a national perspective on county-driven interventions and roles, and identify leading innovations in county government efforts to improve postsecondary institutions. The goal is to gauge whether to pursue programming to support counties interested in establishing and strengthening relationships with postsecondary institutions. ECMCF funding will provide support for advertising, professional staff, research and evaluation, and travel.
  • Fee for Service Model Research & Development
    Grantee
    Capital IDEA Houston
    Amount
    $150000
    Locations
    Texas
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2019
    Focus
    employer engagement, career pathways
    Overview
    Capital IDEA Houston (CIH) acts as a bridge connecting committed, yet underemployed adults to employers in need of highly skilled workers. CIH seeks support to develop a growth plan and fee-for-service model. They will engage the support of an external consulting firm to explore possibilities for revenue producing collaborations with employers offering careers aligned to market demands. The goal is to ensure CIH remains a viable option for both its sponsored students and local workforce partners in the Houston area by becoming less reliant on philanthropic and/or government funding and increasingly connected to the communities CIH serves. ECMCF funding will provide support for advertising, consultants, professional staff, computers & technology, office supplies, postage/shipping, printing/copying/binding, training, and travel.
  • Postsecondary Success for Parents Initiative
    Grantee
    Aspen Institute
    Amount
    $600000
    Locations
    District of Columbia
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2020
    Focus
    wraparound services
    Overview
    Aspen Institute seeks funding to support the Phase II of the Postsecondary Success for Parents Initiative at Aspen Ascend to build a movement and catalyze investment in supports for parents – specifically single mothers - attending community colleges.
  • Strengthening STEM Education and Research at Minority Serving Institutions
    Grantee
    National Academy of Sciences
    Amount
    $149999
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2020
    Focus
    STEM education, public policy engagements
    Overview
    The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) seeks support for continued dissemination efforts of their 2018 report, Minority Serving Institutions: America's Underutilized Resource for Strengthening the STEM Workforce, on the persistence of students in STEM majors at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) with the goal of highlighting research and strategies that strengthen and expand STEM education at MSIs in order to engage local and statewide legislative support.
  • System-wide Transformation of Remedial Education using Corequisite Support
    Grantee
    Nevada System of Higher Education
    Amount
    $750000
    Locations
    Nevada
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2020
    Focus
    reducing completion barriers, multi-institutional collaboration, curriculum development/redesign
    Overview
    NSHE received funding to support the system’s co-requisite scaling efforts to eliminate equity gaps in access to college-level courses and improve student success rates. The goal is to ensure the successful implementation of a cohesive system-wide approach to co-requisite reform to reduce equity gaps.
  • Chicago ISA Program (Academic Years II and III)
    Grantee
    Better Future Forward, Inc.
    Amount
    $750000
    Locations
    Illinois
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2019
    Focus
    income share agreements
    Overview
    Better Future Forward is a nonprofit organization focused on providing income-share agreements (ISAs) to advance opportunity and educational equity for low-income students. Better Future Forward received a loan to provide safe, sustainable financial aid through ISAs to 450 low-income students in academic years II and III of the Chicago ISA Program. The goal is to see a cohort of students through to graduation and test the efficacy of the ISA model at four-year institutions and whether they improve college persistence and graduation rates and ultimately help students achieve their educational and career goals. ECMCF’s investment provided funds for ISAs to students in the Chicago ISA Program.
  • Q&A Platform to Improve Postsecondary Student Success
    Grantee
    InScribe, Inc.
    Amount
    $150000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2019
    Focus
    technology development, reducing completion barriers
    Overview
    InScribe’s tech-enabled application improves postsecondary student success by scaling the support students receive from instructors, alumni, advisors, and peers. InScribe received an investment for its Q&A platform, which creates a space for these individuals to work together by asking questions, finding answers, and sharing resources. InScribe captures these valuable interactions and makes them reusable, so each generation of students benefits from the conversations that came before them. The goal is for college administrators, faculty and staff to spend less time in email, and more time with the students that need help the most. ECMCF’s investment will help fund personnel, which will allow InScribe to grow its sales and marketing team, develop its A.I. and enhance its product.
  • Catalyzing College Success in California
    Grantee
    College Possible
    Amount
    $700000
    Locations
    California
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2020
    Focus
    reducing completion barriers, mentorship/advising/coaching
    Overview
    College Possible received funding to support the expansion of its Catalyze program, an adaption of the organization’s proven near-peer coaching model that is designed to be embedded within four-year college campuses. The goal is to scale their model to four additional California institutions to increase persistence among an additional 2,400 students.
  • State Equity Leadership Institute: Building Capacity to Implement and Support the Postsecondary Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment and Local Application under Perkins V
    Grantee
    National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) Education Foundation
    Amount
    $150000
    Locations
    Wyoming, Wisconsin, Texas, South Carolina, Oregon, New Jersey, Iowa, Idaho, Delaware, Arkansas
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2020
    Focus
    reducing completion barriers
    Overview
    NAPE received funding to pilot a program with six to eight states to help postsecondary state agencies offer meaningful, focused, and effective technical assistance (TA) to local education agencies (LEAs) in conducting and implementing the comprehensive local needs assessment (CLNA). CLNAs are mandated by the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (commonly referred to as Perkins V) and the goal is to identify and close gaps in the participation, performance, retention, and completion of students based on gender, race and ethnicity, and special populations. The pilot states will serve approximately 10-20 LEAs per state depending on the size of the state.
  • Expanding the UIA
    Grantee
    The University Innovation Alliance
    Amount
    $800000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2020
    Focus
    reducing completion barriers, multi-institutional collaboration
    Overview
    The University Innovation Alliance (UIA) seeks funding to support the expansion of its core membership from 11 campuses to 20, as well as the development and launch of the University Innovation Network (the Network), a network which will provide greater access to the UIA’s community, resources, and knowledge of best practices. The goal is to foster a community of four-year institutions seeking to increase graduation rates of students from marginalized backgrounds, especially those who are low-income and/or Pell-eligible.
  • College Governing Board Best Practices on College Affordability
    Grantee
    Partners for College Affordability & Public Trust
    Amount
    $150000
    Locations
    Virginia, National
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2020
    Focus
    reducing completion barriers
    Overview
    Partners for College Affordability and Public Trust (Partners) is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to improving higher education affordability, transparency, and quality. Partners received funding to conduct research on policy decisions and practices from governing boards of public colleges and universities that have led to an increase in college affordability. The goal is to document how boards address college affordability through an analysis of four case studies, dissemination of findings to the higher education community and encouragement of board members and policymakers to adopt best practices identified.
  • Equity Transfer Initiative
    Grantee
    American Association of Community Colleges
    Amount
    $750000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2020
    Focus
    transfer, multi-institutional collaboration
    Overview
    The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) is a national advocacy organization supporting community colleges. AACC received funding to launch the Equity Transfer Initiative (ETI), a national effort aimed at supporting academic program transfer pathways between two-year and four-year institutions. The goal is to strengthen community college and four-year college partnerships to support transfer and align degree pathways to a bachelor’s degree for underrepresented students.
  • Technical Assistance to Help Community Colleges Improve Outcomes for Student Parents
    Grantee
    Generation Hope
    Amount
    $75000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2020
    Focus
    wraparound services, reducing completion barriers
    Overview
    Generation Hope seeks funding to support the launch of a technical assistance program and earned income model to expand their work beyond direct services in the Washington, DC region.
  • A Future-Ready Workforce: Preparing Community College Students for a Global Economy (2020 - 2025)
    Grantee
    Digital Promise Global
    Amount
    $890000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2020
    Focus
    curriculum development/redesign
    Overview
    Asia Society received funding to create, pilot, evaluate, and disseminate online and in-person professional development resources and accompanying tools to improve global competency in postsecondary CTE. The goal is to ensure that community and technical colleges prepare students with the future-ready skills necessary to adapt to the evolving nature of work in an increasingly automated world, and are able to perform the jobs of the future in culturally diverse communities.
  • Prior Learning Network
    Grantee
    American Council on Education
    Amount
    $448773
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2020
    Focus
    prior learning assessment
    Overview
    The American Council on Education (ACE) is a member organization representing more than 1,500 colleges and universities across all sectors of American higher education, as well as more than 100 related higher education associations, and over 80 associate and corporate partners. The American Council on Education received funding to pilot the Prior Learning Network. The goal is to build a system that colleges can use to promote the award of credit for prior learning and experience, and improve student persistence and graduation rates.
  • Leveraging Data for Student Parent Success
    Grantee
    Family Resource Center
    Amount
    $149900
    Locations
    California
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2020
    Focus
    wraparound services, mentorship/advising/coaching, career pathways
    Overview
    Los Angeles Valley College Family Resource Center received funding to support the Family Resource Center’s effort to analyze, improve, and expand their data collection on student parents. The goal is to expand and elevate programming and improve resources for student parents and inform and build awareness to partners and policymakers.
  • Ending College Hunger
    Grantee
    Swipe Out Hunger
    Amount
    $50000
    Locations
    California
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2020
    Focus
    basic needs
    Overview
    Swipe Out Hunger seeks funding to support the expansion of their program to serve more students experiencing food insecurity as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak. The goal is to add at least 20 campuses participating in Swipe Out Hunger's meal swipe redistribution program by March 2021.
  • COVID-19 Emergency Aid
    Grantee
    The University Innovation Alliance
    Amount
    $250000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2020
    Focus
    financial aid, basic needs
    Overview
    The University Innovation Alliance seeks $250,000 in emergency aid funds to distribute to its member campuses in support of critical needs for students affected by COVID-19.
  • Carnegie Math Pathways - Scaling
    Grantee
    WestEd
    Amount
    $300000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2020
    Focus
    technology development, curriculum development/redesign
    Overview
    WestEd seeks funding to raise awareness of its Carnegie Math Pathways (Pathways) program among higher education leaders and build internal infrastructure and faculty training modules to support adoption at scale. The goal is to scale recently developed, virtual versions of the Pathways to reach 325 faculty and 12,125 students.
  • Providing personal technology to low-income, post-secondary trade students to promote college and workforce success
    Grantee
    Williamson College of the Trades
    Amount
    $433400
    Locations
    Pennsylvania
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2020
    Focus
    technology development
    Overview
    Williamson College of the Trades received funding to provide personal computer devices to all currently enrolled students and upgrade the campuses technology infrastructure across its 220-acre campus to promote college and workforce success. The goal is to improve academic learning outcomes and enhanced career readiness at Williamson by providing students with a personal computer.
  • COVID311: Providing Personalized Support to Students Affected by Coronavirus
    Grantee
    Rise Education Fund
    Amount
    $95000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2020
    Focus
    wraparound services, financial aid, case management, basic needs
    Overview
    Rise seeks funding to hire and train Rise student advocates to serve as case managers to students who need immediate support navigating financial aid and public benefit resources either through their campus or in their state. The goal is to provide case management services to 10,000 students impacted by COVID-19 nationwide through COVID311.
  • Mental Health Support Services for HBCU Students
    Grantee
    Thurgood Marshall College Fund
    Amount
    $270000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2020
    Focus
    technology development, mental health, basic needs
    Overview
    Recognizing the sudden, compounded stress that many students now face due to COVID-19, especially students of color, TMCF seeks support to provide students enrolled at 50 HBCUs and PBIs with access to META at no charge to institutions through September 2021. The goal is to establish a sustainable, scalable model for accessible mental health services at campuses most affected by COVID-19.
  • CTE Industry Fellowship Program at JFF - Sponsored by ECMC Foundation
    Grantee
    Jobs for the Future
    Amount
    $1500000
    Locations
    Massachusetts
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2020
    Focus
    system-to-system alignment, leadership development, employer engagement, curriculum development/redesign, career pathways
    Overview
    JFF seeks funding to launch the CTE Industry Fellowship Program at JFF – Sponsored by ECMC Foundation. The Fellowship will be the fifth program under the umbrella of the ECMC Foundation’s Leadership Collaborative, focusing on business and industry. The purpose of the JFF program will be to facilitate learning opportunities and provide robust support to two cohorts of 15 –20 JFF-ECMCF Fellows (Fellows) from across the United States. The goal of the program is to build the knowledge and leadership capacity of Fellows to act as change agents within their companies and strengthen their companies’ policies and practices to hire and promote CTE graduates.
  • Reporting on College Success and Career Readiness
    Grantee
    The Hechinger Report
    Amount
    $150000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2020
    Focus
    other, public policy engagements
    Overview
    The Hechinger Report, launched in 2009, is fiscally sponsored by Teachers College, Columbia University, which is a graduate and professional school of education in New York City. The Hechinger Report received support to continue their in-depth reporting on key postsecondary issues. The goal is to produce compelling news stories and use photography, video and/or data visualizations to elevate findings that promote student career readiness and college success.
  • Converting NASFAA’s Student Aid Index Into a Public Resource
    Grantee
    National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA)
    Amount
    $115000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2020
    Focus
    technology development, public policy engagements, financial aid
    Overview
    NASFAA seeks funding to support the refinement and public launch of its Student Aid Index (SAI), a digital platform that will serve as a central hub of federal and state financial aid policy, legislation, and other resources. The goal is to make the SAI and its up-to-the-minute content easily accessible to all higher education professionals, policymakers, and advocates. The SAI will also enable financial aid administrators to be more effective in serving students, and the institutions where they work.
  • Syllabus-Based Transfer Credit Evaluation
    Grantee
    Open Syllabus
    Amount
    $400000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2020
    Focus
    transfer, technology development, system-to-system alignment
    Overview
    Open Syllabus seeks funding to support the development of their Course Transfer Credit Evaluation Tool (CTCET), a machine-learning tool capable of analyzing syllabi and advising transfer students and administrators about the portability of credits. The goal is to plan, prototype, test, deploy, evaluate, and refine the CTCET so that a complete version is in use by students and administrators in 2022.
  • Emergency Coaching
    Grantee
    Strada Collaborative
    Amount
    $250000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2020
    Focus
    wraparound services, mentorship/advising/coaching, case management
    Overview
    InsideTrack seeks funding to launch their Emergency Coaching services to help students navigate challenges (job loss, housing insecurity) due to the impact of COVID-19. The goal is to develop a scalable model that can be implemented rapidly across large campuses seeking to support students through the pandemic’s fallout.
  • The COVID-19 Crisis: Policy Responses and Community Impacts
    Grantee
    New America
    Amount
    $150000
    Locations
    Massachusetts
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2020
    Focus
    career pathways, apprenticeship
    Overview
    New America received funding to analyze the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on vulnerable populations and postsecondary educational institutions and offer technical assistance to policymakers designing investments targeting community colleges, students, and dislocated workers. The goal is to understand the impact of the crisis on postsecondary education and apprenticeships and offer recommendations to federal, state, and local policymakers, as well as postsecondary administrators.
  • Post-Secondary Persistence for Single Moms During the Response to, and Recovery from, the COVID-19 Crisis
    Grantee
    Jeremiah Program
    Amount
    $400000
    Locations
    Texas, North Dakota, New York, Minnesota, Massachusetts
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2020
    Focus
    wraparound services, technology development, case management
    Overview
    JP received funding to increase internet bandwidth and infrastructure and expand virtual programming and curriculum. The goal is to respond to both the short-term and evolving long-term needs of single mother college students experiencing poverty during the COVID-19 public health crisis.
  • Taking Career Pathways Partnerships to Scale
    Grantee
    National Skills Coalition
    Amount
    $500000
    Locations
    Oregon, National, Arkansas
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2020
    Focus
    wraparound services
    Overview
    National Skills Coalition (NSC) will develop a Career Pathways State Toolkit (Toolkit) and provide technical assistance to three to five statewide career pathways partnerships between community and technical colleges and agencies administering public benefits programs. The goal is to help each state create a statewide career pathways strategy so that more low-income individuals, who may be receiving public benefits, can access and complete postsecondary credentials and secure higher-paying employment.
  • New England Digital Credential Ecosystem Initiative (DCEI)
    Grantee
    Business-Higher Education Forum
    Amount
    $341000
    Locations
    Connecticut
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2020
    Focus
    employer engagement, curriculum development/redesign, credentials
    Overview
    The Business-Higher Education Forum (BEHF) will help academic institutions issue 1-6 credit certificates, and, at scale, new credential frameworks, models, and pathways across the state and region. To the extent possible, the academic credentials will be aligned to existing corporate credentials (e.g. IBM digital badges). Given that the companies participating in the pilot will have reviewed and approved the KSAs for the Digital Generalist Credential developed by BHEF in other regions, the expectation is that they will recognize the credentials developed through the pilot. This collaboration will build recruitment and hiring links for credential completers within CSCC and with employer-partners.
  • Part 1: Sustain and Grow City Year’s Advising Corps in K-12 Schools
    Grantee
    City Year
    Amount
    $4930775
    Locations
    District of Columbia, Washington, Rhode Island, New York, Florida, Colorado, California
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2020
    Focus
    wraparound services, employer engagement, case management
    Overview
    City Year received funding to sustain and grow their program by deploying an additional 456 AmeriCorps members over two years at 110 partner elementary schools across nine cities. The goal is to strengthen the education-to-workforce pipeline by increasing reading proficiency for students in the primary grades, address COVID-19 pandemic-related learning loss at under-resourced, historically low-performing schools, and support recent college graduates from the class of 2020 in their ability to gain employment.
  • The Urgency of Now: Expanding Implementation of the Equity in Mental Health Framework to Meet the Needs of America’s colleges and their students of color
    Grantee
    The Steve Fund
    Amount
    $350000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2020
    Focus
    mental health
    Overview
    The Steve Fund seeks funding to scale their Equity in Mental Health Framework (EMHF), a collection of evidenced-based strategies for creating campus environments that more equitably support the mental health of students of color, to an additional five community college campuses. The goal is to increase persistence rates by improving policies, practices, and services to better serve students of color.
  • Long-Term Efficacy of Career Programs Extension Analysis to Address COVID-19 Economic Conditions and Dissemination
    Grantee
    American Institutes for Research
    Amount
    $53370
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2020
    Focus
    credentials, career pathways
    Overview
    AIR seeks funding to build on their ECMC Foundation-funded study of credit- and non-credit career education options, exploring specifically the lessons (and missteps) learned from the 2008/09 recession and focusing on the impact of credit-bearing credentials on wage growth for low-income workers. The goal is to provide actionable research to the field of higher education that will lead to the support for education and training programs most likely to improve student outcomes in the future economy.
  • The Future of PA’s State System of Higher Education
    Grantee
    Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education
    Amount
    $300000
    Locations
    Pennsylvania
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2020
    Focus
    system-to-system alignment, leadership development
    Overview
    Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education (State System) comprises 14 public universities across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education received funding to support the planning process to integrate six of its universities into three single, accredited entities. The goal for these integrations is to expand students’ educational opportunities and ensure that affordable, career-relevant higher education options remain available in a sustaining way in rural Pennsylvania.
  • COVID-19’s Effects on Student Transfer, Enrollment and Progress
    Grantee
    National Student Clearinghouse Research Center
    Amount
    $164566
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2020
    Focus
    transfer, public policy engagements
    Overview
    The NSCRC seeks funding to support an in-depth analysis that will capture student transfer across institutions in the wake of COVID-19. The goal is to provide campuses with near real-time data that will provide a clearer understanding of student transfer and enrollment patterns as affected by the pandemic.
  • Leveraging Public Funding to Drive College Access & Success Outcomes
    Grantee
    Third Sector Capital Partners, Inc.
    Amount
    $500000
    Locations
    Ohio, Colorado
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2020
    Focus
    reducing completion barriers
    Overview
    Third Sector seeks funding to build and launch the first state system PFS effort focused on college access and success. The goal of this project is to develop PFS pilots that increase persistence and graduation rates for students from underserved backgrounds in Colorado and Ohio and facilitate a second national cohort that can extend these efforts to additional states.
  • Financial Services Pathway
    Grantee
    Mi Casa Resource Center
    Amount
    $150000
    Locations
    Colorado
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2020
    Focus
    system-to-system alignment, prior learning assessment, multi-institutional collaboration, career pathways
    Overview
    Mi Casa Resource Center (MCRC) received funding to streamline the assessment, registration, and enrollment processes for their Financial Services Pathway program and put 250 adult learners in Colorado on a path to secure meaningful employment in the financial services industry and earn postsecondary credentials. The goal is to simplify and expand the program to ensure higher levels of student success and completion.
  • Transformational Partnership Fund ("TPF")
    Grantee
    SeaChange Capital Partners
    Amount
    $1500000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2020
    Focus
    system-to-system alignment, reducing completion barriers, public policy engagements
    Overview
    SeaChange Capital Partners, Inc. (SeaChange), a New York-based nonprofit, helps address complex organizational challenges by using a variety of tools including grants, loans, research and referrals. SeaChange received funding to develop and launch the Transformational Partnership Fund (the Fund), a funding vehicle that will provide leaders at public and nonprofit private postsecondary institutions with opportunities to explore and form long-term strategic partnerships ranging from mergers and acquisitions to administrative shared services to consolidated programs. By achieving greater organizational effectiveness, impact and efficiency, the institutions engaged in transformational partnerships will be better able to ensure student success and equitable educational outcomes.
  • Identifying Causes and Solutions for Those Coloradans Not in the Workforce – COVID Analysis and Solutions
    Grantee
    Colorado Center on Law and Policy
    Amount
    $75000
    Locations
    Colorado
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2020
    Focus
    system-to-system alignment, public policy engagements, employer engagement, career pathways
    Overview
    Colorado Center on Law and Policy (CCLP) seeks funding to research the availability and accessibility of academic and non-academic credentialing opportunities that would allow displaced workers to transition to new jobs during Colorado’s economic recovery. The goal is to conduct foundational research that will lead to practical, systemic, and potentially legislative changes that would make it easier for Coloradans not in the workforce to find employment.
  • Lab Assistant Program
    Grantee
    Operation Restoration
    Amount
    $150000
    Locations
    Louisiana
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2020
    Focus
    other
    Overview
    Operation Restoration will launch a six-month Lab Assistant Program for students at the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women (LCIW) through Delgado Community College (DCC). The goal is to meet the immediate needs for qualified lab personnel and prepare incarcerated women for gainful employment upon release.
  • From Crisis to Connection: Supporting High School Seniors from Class of 2021
    Grantee
    The Common App Inc.
    Amount
    $500000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2020
    Focus
    other, technology development, mentorship/advising/coaching
    Overview
    Common App received funding to provide virtual college advising to 375,000 high school seniors graduating in 2021 nationwide. The goal is to reduce summer melt and first-semester attrition, and encourage college persistence despite ongoing challenges due to COVID-19.
  • Expanding the Interstate Passport Network
    Grantee
    Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education
    Amount
    $500000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2020
    Focus
    transfer, reducing completion barriers, multi-institutional collaboration
    Overview
    The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) is one of four postsecondary interstate compacts in the United States with 16 member states and territories. WICHE received support to scale the number of institutions that are members of the Interstate Passport Network. The goal is for more students, particularly students of color and low-income students, to be awarded Interstate Passports to make transfer more seamless and cost effective.
  • The Transfer Policy Standards Project
    Grantee
    State Higher Education Executive Officers Association
    Amount
    $1499960
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2020
    Focus
    transfer, system-to-system alignment
    Overview
    The State Higher Education Executive Officers Association helps states develop and sustain effective systems of higher education by serving as an expert liaison between states, postsecondary leaders, and the federal government, and ensuring success of its members composed of the chief executives of statewide governing, policy, and coordinating boards of postsecondary education. SHEEO received funding to partner with the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education (Gardner Institute) to help four selected states and SHEEO members develop and adopt state- and system-wide transfer standards that contribute to equitable transfer outcomes and degree attainment.
  • Say It, Fund It, Amplify and Measure It: Advancing Transformational Redesign of Postsecondary Transfer Policy and Practice
    Grantee
    Institute for Higher Education Policy
    Amount
    $1500000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2020
    Focus
    transfer, system-to-system alignment, public policy engagements, multi-institutional collaboration
    Overview
    The Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) is a nonpartisan nonprofit research and advocacy organization committed to promoting equity in higher education for all. IHEP received funding to reform transfer pathways by encouraging states to declare commitments to transfer success, invest in students and institutions, and track outcomes in a manner that is transparent. In partnership with HCM Strategists, the goal is to mobilize regional partnerships in three states around a framework to foster commitments by creating a Transfer Action Committee (TAC) in each state and building transfer guarantees among two-year and four-year campuses.
  • Identifying Opportunities in the Transfer Policy and Practice Reform Space
    Grantee
    Education Commission of the States
    Amount
    $209000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2022
    Focus
    transfer
    Overview
    Founded in 1965, Education Commission of the State (ECS) tracks statewide education policy, translates research, and creates opportunities for shared learning among state policymakers. Education Commission of the States (ECS) seeks continued funding to facilitate and support ECMC Foundation’s Catalyzing Transfer Initiative (CTI). The goal is to assist efforts leading to transfer reform and explore the next phase of the initiative such as building a National Transfer Network.
  • CTE CoLab Coalition and College Community of Practice
    Grantee
    The Urban Institute
    Amount
    $2500000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2020
    Focus
    other, reducing completion barriers, curriculum development/redesign, career pathways
    Overview
    The Urban Institute received funding from ECMC Foundation to create the “CTE CoLab”, a coalition of six partners working together to identify resources, disseminate promising practices, and provide technical assistance to help community and technical colleges (colleges) improve online CTE programs and center equity at the core of their efforts. The goal is to reduce equity gaps for Black and Latinx students and improve CTE program quality.
  • On the Path to a Degree (OnPath)
    Grantee
    MDRC
    Amount
    $220000
    Locations
    New Jersey
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2020
    Focus
    other, reducing completion barriers, multi-institutional collaboration, mentorship/advising/coaching
    Overview
    MDRC seeks funding to launch OnPath, which will draw on lessons learned from its Ohio-based project, Encouraging Additional Summer Enrollment (EASE), to provide technical assistance (TA) to 10 community colleges in order to implement student-centered communication strategies. The goal is to improve the persistence of low-income students by using behavioral science principles and effective communication strategies to simplify registration, financial aid, and other processes to boost continuing enrollment rates.
  • Accelerating Pathway to CTE Certificates and Degrees
    Grantee
    Women Employed
    Amount
    $492000
    Locations
    Illinois
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2020
    Focus
    other, curriculum development/redesign
    Overview
    Women Employed (WE) will support 10 community colleges in Illinois to adopt accelerated remediation models. The goal is to reduce the number of students taking remedial education courses by placing students directly into college-level, credit-bearing courses with new instructional supports to ensure their success.
  • PeerForward in College - Cal State L.A.
    Grantee
    PeerForward
    Amount
    $450000
    Locations
    California
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2020
    Focus
    mentorship/advising/coaching
    Overview
    PeerForward requests $450,000 over three years to support the implementation of peer-to-peer interventions to increase first- and second-year students’ persistence at California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA). The goal is to embed this model across a large, four-year campus to achieve sustainable outcomes and develop a model for scale to other campuses.
  • East Bay College Agile Network
    Grantee
    California State University, East Bay Foundation, Inc.
    Amount
    $500000
    Locations
    California
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2020
    Focus
    transfer, multi-institutional collaboration, guided pathways
    Overview
    The California State University, East Bay Foundation (CSUEB) seeks funding to build and launch the East Bay College Agile Network (EBCAN), a partnership between two-year and four-year universities that will provide seamless student services and advising support across campuses. The goal is to produce an equity-centered network focused on greater transfer agility, improved pathways, and coordinated supports to improve degree completion.
  • Building Montana Tribal College Transfer Pathways for Student Success
    Grantee
    American Indian College Fund
    Amount
    $625000
    Locations
    Montana
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2021
    Focus
    transfer, multi-institutional collaboration, curriculum development/redesign
    Overview
    AICF seeks funding to strengthen transfer pathways among AIANs in the Montana TCUs. The goal is to focus first on student success in two-high demand fields: healthcare and teacher education and ultimately build the capacity of the Montana TCUs to align transfer policies, procedures, and student supports, increasing AIAN on-time transfer and degree completion.
  • Launching Equity and Quality Focused Policies in States
    Grantee
    College in High School Alliance
    Amount
    $525000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2021
    Focus
    public policy engagements
    Overview
    The College in High School Alliance is a coalition of 85 national, state, and local organizations committed to advancing equity, quality, and student success for college in high school programs such as dual enrollment, concurrent enrollment, and early college high school. The College in High School Alliance (CHSA) received funding to provide twelve months of technical assistance (TA) to five state teams and launch a national peer learning network for education practitioners and policymakers to collaborate on advancing college in high school programs. The goal is to help states improve college in high school programs and policies to increase college access, affordability, and completion for students.
  • Regional Leaders for Open Education (RLOE) Network
    Grantee
    Open Education Global
    Amount
    $450000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2021
    Focus
    learning tools, curriculum development/redesign
    Overview
    Established in 2008, Open Education Global (OE Global) is a global network of educational institutions, individuals, and organizations that support the development and use of open education resources (OER) around the world. Open Education Global received funding to launch the Regional Leaders of Open Education (RLOE) Network, a program that will help 90-120 community and technical college leaders implement open educational resources (OER) and policy changes. The goal is to increase student success by helping college leaders scale open educational resources on campus.
  • Earn While You Learn, Apprenticeship to Degree Program in Mechanical Engineering Technology at Northland
    Grantee
    Northland Workforce Training Center
    Amount
    $402875
    Locations
    New York
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2020
    Focus
    wraparound services, system-to-system alignment, career pathways, apprenticeship
    Overview
    Northland Workforce Training Center (NWTC) seeks funding to develop a Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) associate degree program at NWTC utilizing an apprenticeship, earn while you learn model. The goal is to break down barriers that exist to adults accessing and completing postsecondary education and dramatically shift the placement of women and students of color in advanced manufacturing and energy careers in Western New York.
  • The Equity Rubric
    Grantee
    Sinclair Community College
    Amount
    $316821
    Locations
    Ohio
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2021
    Focus
    curriculum development/redesign
    Overview
    Sinclair Community College (SCC) seeks funding to develop and implement a research-based evaluation instrument, the Equity Rubric (ER), to assess online courses for specific metrics of equity and embed low-success (failure to complete) online courses with Equity Success Coaches (ESCs) trained to use the rubric. The goal is to eliminate exclusionary cultural practices and reduce outcome disparities, particularly among students of color and low-income students.
  • X3 GRADS
    Grantee
    Future Focused Education
    Amount
    $400000
    Locations
    New Mexico
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2020
    Focus
    wraparound services, employer engagement, career pathways
    Overview
    Future Focused Education (FFE) received funding to develop career pathways in New Mexico’s construction and healthcare industries for young adults who face obstacles securing viable employment opportunities. The goal is to increase young adults’ enrollment and completion of postsecondary education programs aligned with their career goals and prepare them for middle-skill jobs that offer advancement opportunities in the future.
  • Strengthening Postsecondary Career Pathways Across North Dakota’s Tribal Colleges: Braiding Workforce Development and Native Student Success
    Grantee
    American Indian College Fund
    Amount
    $500000
    Locations
    North Dakota
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2020
    Focus
    stackable credentials, curriculum development/redesign, career pathways
    Overview
    American Indian College Fund (College Fund) received funding to develop cohesive and coordinated career pathways across the North Dakota tribal college and universities (TCUs) to meet workforce needs in high-demand healthcare occupations such as nursing. The goal is to increase the capacity of the North Dakota Association of Tribal Colleges to provide healthcare pathways for students while also meeting tribal and state workforce demands and lowering high unemployment rates among Native people.
  • Understanding Transfer in the Wake of COVID-19
    Grantee
    The RP Group
    Amount
    $65000
    Locations
    California
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2021
    Focus
    transfer
    Overview
    Founded in 1992, the RP Group strengthens the ability of the California Community Colleges (CCC) to undertake high quality research, planning, and assessments that improve evidence-based decision making, institutional effectiveness, and success for all students. The RP Group received funding to administer, analyze, and disseminate actionable findings from a statewide survey of California community college students designed to understand the current and recent experiences of at- and near-the-gate students during the pandemic.
  • 2021 Project Success
    Grantee
    Educational Credit Management Corporation
    Amount
    $1410000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2021
    Focus
    emergency aid, mentorship/advising/coaching, financial aid, basic needs
    Overview
    ECMC received funding to support the Project Success initiative, which is designed to improve institutional performance and student outcomes at assigned Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs). This goal is to focus on direct-to-student resources including Food Insecurity, Online Tutoring and Emergency Aid and institutional capacity building through financial education certification for campus staff.
  • APIA Scholar Mental Health Initiative
    Grantee
    APIA Scholars
    Amount
    $75000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2021
    Focus
    wraparound services, basic needs
    Overview
    In partnership with META Teletherapy services, APIA Scholars received funding to launch the APIA Scholars Mental Health Initiative. Through this initiative APIA Scholars will provide mental health training to APIA Scholars staff to better support Scholars and pilot the META Teletherapy app across five AANAPISI partners and APIA Scholars’ scholarship recipients. The goal is to reduce mental health stigma among AAPI students and scale supportive mental wellness services and practices at AANAPISIs.
  • The Postsecondary State CTE Leaders Fellowship Program at Advance CTE – Sponsored by ECMC Foundation
    Grantee
    The Center to Advance CTE
    Amount
    $1250000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2021
    Focus
    diverse hiring/recruiting pathways, career development and exploration, mentorship/advising/coaching, leadership development
    Overview
    Advance CTE seeks funding to launch The Postsecondary State CTE Leaders Fellowship Program at Advance CTE – Sponsored by ECMC Foundation (Program) in order to support two cohorts each with up to 15 Advance CTE ECMCF Fellows (Fellows). The goal is to develop the next generation of state CTE leaders prepared to design and lead high quality and equitable postsecondary CTE programs and policies.
  • Bright Prospect Transfer Success Program
    Grantee
    Bright Prospect
    Amount
    $300000
    Locations
    California
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2021
    Focus
    wraparound services, transfer, mentorship/advising/coaching
    Overview
    Bright Prospect (BP) seeks funding to launch a formalized community college partnership with Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC). The goal is to support over 250 BP students enrolled at Mt. SAC and provide holistic supports to increase transfer and completion.
  • Tennessee Prison College Coalition Implementation Project
    Grantee
    Tennessee Higher Education Initiative, Inc.
    Amount
    $400000
    Locations
    Tennessee
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2021
    Focus
    re-entry/post-incarceration, multi-institutional collaboration
    Overview
    Tennessee Higher Education Initiative (THEI) builds infrastructure around a statewide collective of agencies and organizations committed to widening the path to postsecondary access for all incarcerated Tennesseans. THEI received funding to expand their efficacy and capacity to provide technical assistance to higher education programs in Tennessee over two years. They will provide technical assistance to five community colleges and seven technical colleges; develop a faculty-training curriculum to ensure the use of high-quality, trauma-informed instructional delivery; create and facilitate trainings; develop a Tennessee-specific statewide re-entry resource guide; and continue their coalition-building work. The goal is to help all partners in the Tennessee higher education community grow their own capacity to advocate for high quality, equitable educational access for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated students. ECMC funding will support meetings and workshops of the Tennessee Prison College Coalition Steering Committee and provide group training, template materials, and informational resources to advance the initiative’s policy agenda as well as develop their efficacy and capacity as a lead technical assistance provider for HEP programs in Tennessee.
  • Curriculum Development and Network Growth
    Grantee
    Postsecondary National Policy Institute
    Amount
    $250000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2021
    Focus
    public policy engagements
    Overview
    PNPI received funding to increase staff capacity and broaden its virtual course offerings. The goal is to strengthen PNPI’s network of alumni, institutional partners, and Congressional staff, and thereby inform more policymakers on federal higher education policy.
  • HBCU Executive Leadership Institute
    Grantee
    Clark Atlanta University
    Amount
    $300000
    Locations
    Georgia
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2021
    Focus
    leadership development
    Overview
    Clark Atlanta University received funding to launch the HBCU Executive Leadership Institute (ELI), a leadership development program that will focus on the preparation and development of HBCU presidents and executive leaders. The goal is to develop a performance-based leadership preparation program that will engage aspiring and new HBCU Presidents in an extended learning network that provides opportunities to practice and demonstrate proficiency in real time, in the real HBCU working environment.
  • College Success Program Expansion for Rural Students
    Grantee
    Let's Get Ready
    Amount
    $500000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2021
    Focus
    wraparound services
    Overview
    Let’s Get Ready seeks funding to scale its postsecondary Success Program and significantly grow its enrollment and impact within rural communities. The goal is to reach an additional 2,000 rural college students and administer a near-peer coaching curriculum that leads to increases in engagement, persistence, and completion.
  • Aligning the ADT to Regional Workforce Needs
    Grantee
    UNITE-LA, Inc.
    Amount
    $150000
    Locations
    California
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2021
    Focus
    transfer, reducing completion barriers, public policy engagements, employer engagement
    Overview
    UNITE-LA seeks funding for a planning grant that, by leveraging its cross-sector membership, will develop recommendations to align higher education and workforce through Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) pathways within Los Angeles County. The goal is for campus and industry partners to create a coordinated launching point to revise ADT curriculum and have a ready college-to-career pipeline across key academic majors (e.g. healthcare).
  • Fostering Attainment Through Educational Supports (FATES)
    Grantee
    University of Louisville Research Foundation
    Amount
    $130494
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2021
    Focus
    wraparound services
    Overview
    UofL requests funding to launch the Fostering Attainment Through Educational Supports (FATES) Dashboard to collect data on how postsecondary institutions support youth formerly in foster care (YFFC). The goal is to create better coordination and understanding among institutions around YFFC in order to provide targeted and effective student supports.
  • Transfer Student Success Pilot
    Grantee
    California State University, Channel Islands Foundation
    Amount
    $300004
    Locations
    California
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2021
    Focus
    learning tools, emergency aid, wraparound services, mentorship/advising/coaching
    Overview
    CSU Channel Islands received funding to implement a pilot program to understand which interventions impact transfer student success in the Martin V. Smith School of Business & Economics (MVS School). The goal is to examine the impact of academic and financial interventions on transfer student success to inform policy changes within the MVS School and across the CSU Channel Islands campus.
  • The National Institute for Student Success
    Grantee
    Georgia State University Research Foundation
    Amount
    $560111
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2021
    Focus
    learning tools, reducing completion barriers, leadership development
    Overview
    Georgia State University received funding to launch the National Institute for Student Success (NISS), an initiative to help institutions achieve equitable enrollment, retention, and graduation rates through the adoption of GSU’s student success approach. The goal is to improve student success at 200 institutions of higher education over the course of three years.
  • Scaling Baccalaureate Pathways to a More Equitable Future for America
    Grantee
    Community College Baccalaureate Association
    Amount
    $150000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2021
    Focus
    other, reducing completion barriers, career pathways
    Overview
    Community College Baccalaureate Association (CCBA) promotes affordable, high value baccalaureate degrees on community college campuses as a means of closing racial, ethnic, and economic gaps. CCBA received funding to lead a national conversation about scaling career and technical education (CTE) baccalaureate degrees over an 18-month period. They will take inventory of the growing number of U.S community colleges offering CTE baccalaureate programs and showcase promising baccalaureate programs that achieve equitable student outcomes. The goal is to build a growing evidence-base of promising practices of high quality CTE-CCB programs and support institutions with the implementation of programs that confer high quality/stackable credentials, including bachelor’s degrees. ECMCF funding will provide support to conduct a CTE-CCB program inventory and develop a checklist for emerging programs seeking guidance on how to implement CTE-CCB programs.
  • Caring Campus Expansion
    Grantee
    Institute for Evidence-Based Change
    Amount
    $599975
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2021
    Focus
    reducing completion barriers, leadership development
    Overview
    IEBC seeks funding to expand its Caring Campus Initiative by up to an additional 16 campuses nationwide, focusing on rural colleges and community college networks, which show attrition from pandemic fallout and may otherwise be overlooked. The goal is to change institutional culture, via staff and faculty training, so that campuses express active interest in fostering students’ connection to campus and thus increase their persistence.
  • Supporting Digital Degrees & Collaborations with Tribal Colleges
    Grantee
    Aspen Institute
    Amount
    $600000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2021
    Focus
    online learning, wraparound services, guided pathways
    Overview
    The Aspen Institute seeks funding to establish long-term partnerships with tribal postsecondary institutions to further their digital degree programming. The goal is to improve credential attainment for Native students while also supporting tribal serving colleges to design and expand digital and blended programming aimed at meeting the needs of Indigenous students.
  • Advancing Equity in the Postsecondary to Prosperity Pathway by Examining Local and Regional Opportunity
    Grantee
    California Competes
    Amount
    $150000
    Locations
    California
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2021
    Focus
    technology development, public policy engagements
    Overview
    California Competes seeks funding to further develop its Postsecondary to Prosperity Dashboard by developing new data and analyses and improving the Dashboard’s functionality. The goal is to enable California Competes to create new analyses and use updated data to elevate need and drive direction for future postsecondary and workforce policy reform.
  • WE CAN TX
    Grantee
    Communities Foundation of Texas
    Amount
    $750000
    Locations
    Texas
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2021
    Focus
    cross-sector collaboration, career development and exploration, multi-institutional collaboration, career pathways, apprenticeship
    Overview
    WE CAN TX is a statewide peer learning network that empowers regional education-workforce partnerships to build the pathways and capacity from education to workforce. Led by community colleges and regional workforce boards, partners will build work-based learning experiences (e.g. internships and apprenticeships) and academic structures that meet employer needs and improve student access to critical workplace experiences. WE CAN TX will guide regional education-workforce partnerships to focus on implementing high-quality work-based learning and systems-level solutions aligned to common definitions, metrics, and effective practices.
  • Supporting Students Who Learn Differently at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, and Community Colleges
    Grantee
    Eye to Eye
    Amount
    $350000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2021
    Focus
    mentorship/advising/coaching
    Overview
    Eye to Eye seeks funding to grow the impact of its programming in diverse academic settings by launching its near-peer model at ten Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) and piloting its student-led club model on five community college campuses. The goal is to pursue an increased focus on equity and improve the educational experience and outcomes of students at the intersection of race and disability.
  • Higher Education Immigration Portal & ITA Agreements
    Grantee
    Presidents' Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration
    Amount
    $75000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2021
    Focus
    technology development
    Overview
    The Presidents' Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration seeks funding to continue the development of its Higher Ed Immigration Portal and support the implementation of their Inter-state Tuition Agreements Initiative. The goal is to provide higher education leaders, policymakers and students with the information and tools they need to inform immigration policies that expand access to higher education, degree completion, and postgraduate career success for undocumented and international students.
  • Excellence in Online Instruction
    Grantee
    Thurgood Marshall College Fund
    Amount
    $500000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2021
    Focus
    reducing completion barriers, leadership development
    Overview
    TMCF seeks funding to partner with ACUE to provide faculty training in online pedagogy at four additional campuses within TMCF’s network. The goal is to strengthen the quality of online education at public HBCUs, thereby increasing student course success and persistence.
  • Growing Postsecondary Leadership Success Program at ACTE, Sponsored by ECMC Foundation – Sustaining by Success
    Grantee
    Association for Career and Technical Education
    Amount
    $1210088
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2021
    Focus
    mentorship/advising/coaching, leadership development
    Overview
    The Association for Career and Technical Education received funding to continue leading the Postsecondary Leadership Success Program (PLSP) and develop a business model to sustain the program. The goal is to codify a model that will provide professional development to postsecondary CTE leaders for many years beyond the grant period.
  • Building Equitable Student Trajectories (BEST) Program
    Grantee
    Center for Healthy Communities (CHC)
    Amount
    $497915
    Locations
    California
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2021
    Focus
    Overview
    CHC seeks funding to launch the Building Equitable Student Trajectories (BEST) Program, which aims to increase internship placement and college persistence through a paid career development program and mitigate gaps in basic needs through leveraging public benefits. The goal is to create a state-recognized program that is scalable and sustainable across the California postsecondary education systems.
  • Expanding Student Supports at SparkPoint Community Colleges
    Grantee
    United Way Bay Area (UWBA)
    Amount
    $400000
    Locations
    California
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2021
    Focus
    wraparound services, mentorship/advising/coaching, case management, basic needs
    Overview
    UWBA received funding to scale two proven programmatic interventions – Family Centered Coaching, to address the specific needs of student parents, and the Ambassadors Program, which will raise the visibility of SparkPoint (SP) services – to all nine current SparkPoint community college centers (SPCC) in the Bay Area. The goal is to increase the persistence rates of SP student clients and increase UWBA’s capacity to serve them.
  • The Attainment Academy: Achieving Equitable Economic Recovery through Postsecondary Attainment
    Grantee
    State Higher Education Executive Officers Association
    Amount
    $400000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2021
    Focus
    re-engagement/degree completion campaigns, reducing completion barriers, public policy engagements
    Overview
    State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) received funding to underwrite the cost for a second cohort of three to five states to participate in the Attainment Academy focused on achieving postsecondary credential attainment and develop a sustainability plan to support future cohorts. The goal is to help states make sub-baccalaureate and baccalaureate credential attainment part of their equitable economic recovery strategies.
  • Technical Assistance for Higher Education Institutions to Support Students’ Basic Needs
    Grantee
    Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice at Temple University
    Amount
    $475000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2021
    Focus
    reducing completion barriers, leadership development, basic needs
    Overview
    The Hope Center received funding to offer technical assistance to three cohorts of institutions, reaching 35 broad and open-access institutions and HBCUs. The goal is to equip campuses with the tools, strategies, and capacity needed to sustain best practices for closing gaps in students’ basic needs and evaluating their efficacy.
  • Helping Community Colleges Improve Outcomes for Single Mothers and all Student Parents through FamilyU, a technical assistance program
    Grantee
    Generation Hope
    Amount
    $500000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2021
    Focus
    wraparound services, re-engagement/degree completion campaigns, reducing completion barriers
    Overview
    Generation Hope will pilot a technical assistance program to build the capacity of postsecondary institutions by helping them implement dedicated programs, adjust policies, and change campus culture to improve outcomes for student parents. The goal is to support the implementation of Generation Hope’s new technical assistance services to ensure that institutions incorporate critical student success components.
  • Collision Engineering, Phase II
    Grantee
    Ranken Technical College
    Amount
    $694939
    Locations
    Texas, Missouri, Illinois, California
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2021
    Focus
    work-based learning, industry recognized credentials, diverse hiring/recruiting pathways, cross-sector collaboration, wraparound services, mentorship/advising/coaching, job readiness program, curriculum development/redesign, apprenticeship
    Overview
    Ranken received funding from ECMC Foundation to scale the Auto Collision Repair Program to other regions across the country over the next three years. Currently they have partnered with three additional colleges – College of Lake County in Grayslake, IL, Contra Costa College in San Pablo, CA and Texas State Technical College in Waco, TX – to offer the program with support from Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation and they plan to bring on an additional ten institutions by the end of the second project phase. ECMCF funding will provide support to cover the salaries of four regional coordinators to recruit students, support partner institutions, and bring on new employers.
  • Implications of Anti-Asian Racism for Higher Education
    Grantee
    Regents of the University of California, Los Angeles
    Amount
    $75000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2021
    Focus
    media awareness/public awareness campaigns, public policy engagements
    Overview
    The Institute for Immigration, Globalization, and Education received support to expand its staff capacity to be better positioned to respond to numerous requests for consulting, media requests, and research analysis on to the state of AAPI students and populations. The goal is to support institutions in addressing campus climate issues for AAPI students as well as help inform and create lasting policies and practices that impact AAPI student success.
  • Community College Virtual Mentoring Project: Infrastructure and Program Development
    Grantee
    Mentor & Match Foundation
    Amount
    $50000
    Locations
    California
    Status
    Closed
    Year
    2021
    Focus
    mentorship/advising/coaching
    Overview
    The Mentor and Match Foundation received funding to build its capacity and infrastructure to pilot their mentoring platform at a small group of partner of community colleges in California. The goal is to finalize the program’s mentoring curriculum and data management system and recruit four California community college partners for the pilot phase of the project.
  • Noncredit and Credit Alignment Lab (NCAL)
    Grantee
    Association of Community College Trustees
    Amount
    $1199625
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2021
    Focus
    stackable credentials, career pathways
    Overview
    The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) received funding to create the Noncredit and Credit Alignment Lab (NCAL) to help ten community college systems, districts and/or institutions increase the number of non-credit programs that articulate to credit programs. The goal is to build the capacity of selected partners to demonstrably increase the number of students progressing between non-credit and credit pathways.
  • Improving College Persistence through Supporting Students’ Early Employment Opportunities - A Two-Community Pilot
    Grantee
    Get Schooled Foundation
    Amount
    $490000
    Locations
    Washington, Michigan
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2021
    Focus
    career development and exploration, career pathways
    Overview
    Get Schooled seeks funding to deliver engaging, timely, research-based and geographically-specific digital resources to postsecondary students in Detroit, MI and King County, Washington. The goal is to support students as they persist, explore career paths, secure employment and build critical skills.
  • Scaling the Student Navigator Network Nationally
    Grantee
    Rise Education Fund
    Amount
    $350000
    Locations
    Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Michigan, California
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2021
    Focus
    case management, basic needs
    Overview
    Rise Education Fund received funding to launch at least 18 new Student Navigator Network programs serving 20,000 students from low-income backgrounds nationwide. The goal is to scale the SNN nationally and direct students toward basic needs resources within their specific state or campus community.
  • Minority Serving Institutions Aspiring Leaders Program
    Grantee
    Rutgers University Foundation
    Amount
    $185000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2021
    Focus
    leadership development
    Overview
    Rutgers University Foundation received funding to support the CMSI Aspiring Leaders Program (Aspiring Leaders) for up to 13 mid-career administrators of color who are tracking toward postsecondary presidencies. The goal is to cultivate future MSI presidents, strengthen presidential pathways for candidates of color, and build connections across peer networks to change the landscape of MSI leadership.
  • College Possible & College Forward Merger
    Grantee
    College Possible
    Amount
    $400000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2021
    Focus
    other
    Overview
    College Possible (CoPo) seeks funding to support the planning, implementation and integration phases of its approved merger with College Forward (CoFo). The goal is to merge two of the most reputable college success organizations in the country to open up philanthropic opportunities, provide larger infrastructure, expand geographic reach, and ultimately serve more students with an improved program.
  • Advancing Equity in Attainment for Black Single Mothers in College: Understanding their Needs and Supporting their Success
    Grantee
    Institute for Women's Policy Research
    Amount
    $300000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2021
    Focus
    re-engagement/degree completion campaigns, reducing completion barriers, public policy engagements
    Overview
    IWPR received funding to investigate the experiences of Black single mothers in community college and uncover what policies and practices impede or facilitate their retention and persistence. The goal is to develop practice and policy recommendations that will improve Black single mother student success outcomes.
  • Postsecondary Persistence for Young Moms
    Grantee
    New Moms, Inc.
    Amount
    $500000
    Locations
    Illinois
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2021
    Focus
    wraparound services, case management
    Overview
    New Moms received funding to pilot and evaluate a new program for 25 young moms pursuing a certificate or associate degree in Chicago over three years. They will provide program participants with three years of coaching, technology items, and monthly $500 cash transfers to support their basic needs. Funding will also allow New Moms to evaluate the program. The goal is to collect reliable data on the effects of educational persistence coaching, paired with basic needs cash transfers, while also evaluating and testing for scaling.
  • Building LIFT’s Capacity to Serve Single-Mother Student-Parents
    Grantee
    LIFT
    Amount
    $500000
    Locations
    District of Columbia, New York, California
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2021
    Focus
    wraparound services, case management
    Overview
    LIFT will refine their direct service model and develop a technical assistance program to support low-income students, student parents, and specifically, single mother students over the next 18 months. They will expand and refine their direct service program serving single moms currently enrolled in community colleges and pilot a technical assistance offering to establish a proof of concept toward scale. The goal is to utilize the learnings from the direct service model to serve as the proof of concept needed to show community colleges they work well with student parents (single mothers specifically) and turn their technical assistance program into a way to scale their reach and sustain their program.
  • Bringing Adults Back to Community College
    Grantee
    New America
    Amount
    $1450000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2021
    Focus
    re-engagement/degree completion campaigns, leadership development, employer engagement
    Overview
    New America received funding to develop and activate a playbook at six community college CTE programs on how to re-engage stopped out adult learners. The goal is to increase the capacity of community colleges to engage or re-engage adult students in CTE programs in the post-pandemic period.
  • On-Ramping Underserved Populations for Career Pathways in Retail Management: Building a Model
    Grantee
    League for Innovation in the Community College
    Amount
    $498960
    Locations
    California, Arizona
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2021
    Focus
    online learning, industry recognized credentials
    Overview
    The League for Innovation in the Community College (LICC) received funding to help incumbent grocery store workers from underserved backgrounds earn Retail Management Certificates (RMC). The goal is to provide additional supports to improve English proficiency and address the digital divide to ensure 200 incumbent workers in Arizona and California complete the RMC and advance in their education and career opportunities.
  • Elevate Vets: Technical assistance to colleges to navigate the US Department of Veterans Affairs and administer the GI Bill to a growing student veteran population.
    Grantee
    Veterans Education Success
    Amount
    $300000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2021
    Focus
    learning tools, technology development
    Overview
    VES received funding to support their Elevate Vets project, which will create a centralized system of support for colleges to ensure veterans’ degree attainment. The goal is to equip college administrators at over 500 colleges and universities with the information they need to navigate the VA bureaucracy in order to enroll military connected students, support veterans on campus and aid in their persistence and completion, and help practitioners to create a community dedicated to best serving their veteran student populations.
  • Strengthening Movement of Campus Food Banks
    Grantee
    Swipe Out Hunger
    Amount
    $350000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2021
    Focus
    cross-sector collaboration, wraparound services, basic needs
    Overview
    Swipe Out Hunger received funding to integrate 400 of the 770 CUFBA campuses into its network and provide enhanced, ongoing anti-hunger support to additional institutions. The goal is to decrease student food insecurity by improving the operations, quality, and accessibility of food pantries, facilitating campus partnerships with local food banks and community organizations, and fortifying campus pantries to be one-stop centers for student basic needs.
  • Elevating the Student Voice for Institutional Change
    Grantee
    Growing Inland Achievement
    Amount
    $375000
    Locations
    California
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2021
    Focus
    reducing completion barriers, multi-institutional collaboration
    Overview
    Growing Inland Achievement received funding to implement student-sourced recommendations for improved, equitable outcomes at the network’s community colleges in areas such as counseling, access to technology, career exploration, and student engagement. The goal is to rapidly implement targeted, low-cost improvements at each campus and evaluate impact via regional communities of practice, student voice groups, and other stakeholders.
  • 2021 Project Success - Part II
    Grantee
    Educational Credit Management Corporation
    Amount
    $500000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2021
    Focus
    emergency aid, mentorship/advising/coaching, financial aid, basic needs
    Overview
    Educational Credit Management Corporation received funding to support its Project Success and ECMC Outreach and Student Success work. Project Success, a U.S. Department of Education initiative, is designed to help assigned Minority Serving Institutions with persistence/retention, graduation, successful student loan repayment and institutional capacity building. ECMC Outreach and Student Success helps ensure under-resourced students and families gain information and knowledge to pursue education beyond high school through its college access resources and services.
  • Braven: Empowering students from college to career
    Grantee
    Braven
    Amount
    $400000
    Locations
    New York, Illinois, Georgia, California
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2021
    Focus
    career development and exploration, soft skills
    Overview
    Braven received funding to (1) increase the number of students served at their three core university sites, San José State University, Rutgers University–Newark, and CUNY—Lehman College; (2) launch the core model at their first HBCU partner, Spellman College; and (3) scale their innovation pilots, BravenX and Braven Online, and the National Louis University pilot in Chicago, IL.
  • Better Future Forward
    Grantee
    Venn Foundation
    Amount
    $500000
    Locations
    Wisconsin, Minnesota
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2021
    Focus
    income share agreements
    Overview
    The Venn Foundation received funding to syndicate a program-related investment to Better Future Forward for expansion of its Minnesota-Wisconsin ISA Program. The goal is to scale the work from an initial pilot that served 98 students across Minnesota and Wisconsin to 300 students in that region.
  • RTS Program Expansion
    Grantee
    Ready to Succeed
    Amount
    $200000
    Locations
    California
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2021
    Focus
    career development and exploration, soft skills, basic needs
    Overview
    RTS received funding to scale its programming across Southern California from 60 students annually in 2020 to 100 Scholars annually by 2024 and establish a replicable model that can influence systems-level improvement in college completion and career readiness among former foster youth.
  • Pursuing the Horizon: Socially Transformative Science and Technology Learning
    Grantee
    Station 1
    Amount
    $400000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2021
    Focus
    career development and exploration, soft skills
    Overview
    Station1 received funding for a three-year project to scale college and corporate STEM internship partnerships, implement new models of cross-sector collaboration, advance data collection and evaluation methods, and codify and disseminate best practices. The goal is to serve 100 students in their flagship Station1 Frontiers Fellowship program and indirectly impact more than 5,600 students through their involvement in collective impact networks and dissemination activities.
  • Plotting and Executing Programmatic, Organizational, and Systemic Evolutions
    Grantee
    The Opportunity Network
    Amount
    $400000
    Locations
    New York, National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2021
    Focus
    career development and exploration, soft skills, mentorship/advising/coaching
    Overview
    The OppNet Fellows program serves students from the summer after 10th grade and leads them to and through bachelor’s degree completion and into careers, providing ndividualized college counseling, career exposure, professional skill-building, one-on-one support through college, and five summers of paid internships and/or enrichment programming. OppNet seeks funding to virtually scale their postsecondary Fellows program, strengthen and expand partnerships, and develop a first-of-its-kind employability framework.
  • Examining Diversity, College Success, and Career Readiness among Active Minds Chapter Members
    Grantee
    Active Minds
    Amount
    $284500
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2021
    Focus
    basic needs
    Overview
    Active Minds received funding to collect and evaluate college demographic and academic data from its chapter membership. The goal is to better assess how involvement with the organization impacts student success outcomes and embed learnings to promote more effective policies, programs, and practices.
  • FAME Academy
    Grantee
    The Manufacturing Institute
    Amount
    $1500000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2021
    Focus
    curriculum development/redesign
    Overview
    The Manufacturing Institute received funding to create the FAME Academy (Academy), design an online delivery method, help launch up to 30 new chapters through the stages of FAME, and subsequently support students through new chapters. The goal is to bring the FAME model to new communities and reach more students through a network of community and technical colleges, employers, and community-based organizations by scaling the program through the Academy.
  • Equity Leadership Academy for States: Amplifying Equity in Perkins V
    Grantee
    National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) Education Foundation
    Amount
    $750000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2021
    Focus
    public policy engagements
    Overview
    NAPE received funding to expand their Equity Leadership Academy for States (Academy) to help postsecondary systems make more effective and efficient use of the Perkins V funding with equity at the core of their decision-making. The goal is to help states utilize the accountability provisions in Perkins V to close equity gaps in postsecondary CTE pathways.
  • The Massachusetts Model for Student Basic Needs Security
    Grantee
    Massachusetts Department of Higher Education
    Amount
    $300000
    Locations
    Massachusetts
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2022
    Focus
    basic needs
    Overview
    The Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (DHE) seeks funding to provide technical assistance to up to four states to help them develop equitable statewide basic needs strategies. The goal is to help states enhance their own capacity to provide compensative support to students.
  • UNC System ACE Transfer Project
    Grantee
    University of North Carolina System
    Amount
    $600000
    Locations
    North Carolina
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2022
    Focus
    Overview
    UNC System Office received funding to replicate the City University of New York’s (CUNY) Accelerate, Complete, and Engage (ACE) model at four UNC institutions. The goal is to evaluate learnings from the pilot to improve transfer student success efforts across the system.
  • How Can Community Colleges Serve Skills Builders?: Evidence from Ohio and Colorado
    Grantee
    WestEd
    Amount
    $450000
    Locations
    Ohio, Colorado
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2021
    Focus
    stackable credentials, career pathways
    Overview
    WestEd received funding to collaborate with The University of Michigan's Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education and The National Center for Inquiry and Improvement to identify and expand pathways for skills builders, those who enroll in a handful of CTE courses to gain skills that contribute to significant earnings gains, in Colorado and Ohio. The goal is to help institutions better identify students who are skill builders; tailor student advising to address equity gaps; and develop offerings that are well aligned with the labor market, offer a stable living wage, and lead to academic credentials in future years.
  • Role of Accreditation in Supporting Equitable Student Success Through Transfer
    Grantee
    WASC Senior College & University Commission
    Amount
    $265000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2021
    Focus
    transfer
    Overview
    WSCUC received funding to identity opportunities to incorporate transfer student success accountability measures into its accreditation process for baccalaureate-degree granting institutions. The goal is for WSCUC to emerge with a strengthened accreditation approach that centers transfer-specific strategies and helps its member institutions build more transfer receptive cultures.
  • Education Systems that Enable Earn-and-Learn Opportunities to Scale
    Grantee
    The Brookings Institution
    Amount
    $300000
    Locations
    District of Columbia
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2021
    Focus
    career pathways, apprenticeship
    Overview
    The Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program (Brookings Metro) received funding to conduct research and offer technical assistance to guide a diverse range of partners at the federal, state, and local levels in designing and scaling earn-and-learn opportunities. The goal is to create a shared language and conceptual framework for earn-and-learn opportunities across the country and improve cross-state ties to foster ongoing sharing and engagement.
  • Graduation Initiative 2025
    Grantee
    California State University Foundation
    Amount
    $600000
    Locations
    California
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2022
    Focus
    technology development, re-engagement/degree completion campaigns, reducing completion barriers
    Overview
    The California State University (CSU) received funding to accelerate institutional change and advance systemwide student success priorities through the Graduation Initiative 2025. The goal is to increase graduation rates, eliminate equity gaps, and meet California’s workforce needs across all 23 CSU campuses.
  • General Operating Support for the Hunt Institute
    Grantee
    James B. Hunt, Jr. Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy Foundation
    Amount
    $75000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2021
    Focus
    Overview
    The Hunt Institute received general operating support funding to sustain and grow their program offerings and internal operations. The goal is to position the organization to be better positioned implement, monitor, evaluate, and share their program successes.
  • General Operating Funds to Support College Promise
    Grantee
    College Promise
    Amount
    $200000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2021
    Focus
    Overview
    College Promise received funding to continue building its organizational capacity to expand and deepen its support for students and Promise programs. The goal is to provide College Promise with general operating funds so they can enable community and state leaders to increase the quantity and quality of College Promise programs that result in higher outcomes in college completion, transfer, workforce, and civic success.
  • Accelerate America Scale Up
    Grantee
    Propel America
    Amount
    $500000
    Locations
    Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Louisiana, Illinois
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2022
    Focus
    work-based learning, online learning, industry recognized credentials, cross-sector collaboration, wraparound services, stackable credentials, employer engagement, case management, career pathways
    Overview
    Propel received funding to improve Accelerate’s Medical Assistant program, develop new healthcare pathways, and refine employer engagement strategies. The goal is to expand the Accelerate America program to five new states, serve 360 learners across the United States, and position the program for further growth.
  • Gen Z Teens "Question The Quo" with ECMC Group's Public Awareness Campaign
    Grantee
    ECMC Group
    Amount
    $500000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2022
    Focus
    media awareness/public awareness campaigns
    Overview
    ECMC Group received funding to conduct a second Question The Quo campaign. The goal is to contribute to the national dialogue regarding the benefits of career and technical education.
  • Data to Action for Single Mother Students
    Grantee
    Wellesley College
    Amount
    $1100000
    Locations
    Oregon, Michigan, Illinois
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2022
    Focus
    other, public policy engagements
    Overview
    Wellesley College received funding to launch the Student Parent Action through Research Knowledge (SPARK) Collaborative to: identify lessons from Illinois, Michigan, and Oregon (which require student parent data collection); help a cohort of four community colleges and one community college system in states with data collection mandates collect and utilize data; and disseminate learnings to policymakers and higher education leaders. The goal is to help practitioners and policymakers utilize data-driven decision-making to ensure postsecondary success, especially for student parents and single mother students.
  • SingleMothers: WorkingForward
    Grantee
    WorkingNation
    Amount
    $200000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2022
    Focus
    media awareness/public awareness campaigns
    Overview
    WorkingNation received to conduct an environmental scan of programs with innovative approaches and promising postsecondary outcomes and produce, market and distribute Single Mothers: Working Forward, a five-part series of 7-minute documentaries focused on single mother student success. The goal is to raise awareness about the experiences of single mother students and customize solutions to improve outcomes.
  • Postsecondary CTE Research Fellows at NC State University
    Grantee
    North Carolina State University
    Amount
    $1354331
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2022
    Focus
    leadership development
    Overview
    North Carolina State University (NCSU) received funding to support four additional cohorts over three years of The CTE Research Program, evaluate the program, and develop a sustainability plan leveraging a fee-for-service approach and partnerships model. The goal is to codify a model that will provide professional development to postsecondary CTE researchers beyond the grant period.
  • Financing the Future Initiative
    Grantee
    Jobs for the Future
    Amount
    $400000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2021
    Focus
    income share agreements
    Overview
    JFF’s Financing the Future (FTF) Initiative received a grant to assume a larger and more proactive role in leading a national conversation about innovative finance. Funding for the Initiative will be used to publish research, design consumer tools, explore new student financing models, and facilitate a dialogue with industry, consumer advocates, and policymakers about innovative financing structures. The goal is to bring together a diverse set of stakeholders across the education and workforce sectors, corporate sector, entrepreneurial communities, and policy community to promote accountability, access, affordability, and equity in the postsecondary education system.
  • A2B4Equity: Advancing Adults’ Ability to Benefit Through Equitable College Promise Programs
    Grantee
    Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
    Amount
    $442160
    Locations
    Michigan, Illinois
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2022
    Focus
    remediation/developmental education, adult basic education
    Overview
    Corporation for a Skilled Workforce received funding to pilot the use of college promise program resources to fund the Ability to Benefit (ATB) provision and enable students without a high school diploma/high school equivalency (HSD/HSE) to earn six college credits at two community colleges in Illinois and two colleges in Michigan. The goal is to enroll 100 students in the pilot and utilize learnings to scale the use of the ATB provision to include students without a HSD/HSE in college promise programs throughout the country.
  • ConneC+D (Certification+Degree) Pathways to Support First-Generation, Low-Income, and Adult Learners
    Grantee
    Workcred
    Amount
    $758000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2022
    Focus
    industry recognized credentials, curriculum development/redesign
    Overview
    Workcred received funding to partner with The League for Innovation in the Community College and the National Student Clearinghouse to implement certification and degree (C+D) pathways into associate degree coursework at five community colleges (embed industry-recognized certifications, or IRCs). The goal is to establish a process for low-cost replication of C+D pathways and offer community colleges a scalable approach to align degrees with industry needs.
  • Intentional Integration: Advancing Career Readiness through Organizational Reform and Intergovernmental Collaboration
    Grantee
    California Competes
    Amount
    $500000
    Locations
    California
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2022
    Focus
    multi-institutional collaboration, employer engagement
    Overview
    California Competes received funding to help a coalition of four Los Angeles County community colleges (El Camino College, Los Angeles Southwest College, West LA College, and Compton College) implement campus-wide strategies to partner with employers, other postsecondary institutions, community-based organizations, and government officials. The goal is to strengthen the pathway from education to employment for underserved postsecondary CTE students and support a cultural shift across the participating community colleges that creates sustained cohesiveness and intention around career-readiness and workforce alignment.
  • Achieve College Education
    Grantee
    Institute for Leadership Education, Advancement, and Development, Inc.
    Amount
    $200000
    Locations
    Pennsylvania
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2022
    Focus
    cross-sector collaboration, wraparound services, reducing completion barriers, career pathways, adult basic education
    Overview
    I-LEAD seeks funding to launch, support, and evaluate 10 new ACE Program Partnership Sites outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The goal is to demonstrate proof of concept for expanding and refining the business model to sustain and scale the ACE Program nationally.
  • AltaSea Ocean Pathways
    Grantee
    AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles
    Amount
    $75000
    Locations
    California
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2021
    Focus
    work-based learning, industry recognized credentials, diverse hiring/recruiting pathways, cross-sector collaboration, stackable credentials, employer engagement, career pathways
    Overview
    AltaSea received funding to form an advisory board and establish formal partnerships with Santa Monica College (education provider) and Pacific Mariculture (employer) to develop the AltaSea Ocean Pathways (ASOP) Aquaculture Program, an 18-month program which will include work-based learning and lead to a Certificate in Aquaculture and Associate Degree in Science. The goal is to articulate a plan to position the partners to launch a pilot program at SMC.
  • Counties for Career Success
    Grantee
    National Association of Counties Research Foundation
    Amount
    $390500
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2022
    Focus
    cross-sector collaboration, other, career pathways
    Overview
    NACoRF received funding to engage representatives from county governments, postsecondary institutions, human services agencies, and workforce development organizations from eight counties in a series of learning activities to support the development of action plans focused on improving postsecondary outcomes. The goal is to equip county leaders with the knowledge and tools to engage in cross-sector partnerships to align postsecondary institutions with safety net programs and improve postsecondary attainment and employment outcomes.
  • Worker-Owned Cooperative Staffing Agency
    Grantee
    AlliedUP
    Amount
    $500000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2022
    Focus
    diverse hiring/recruiting pathways, career development and exploration, stackable credentials
    Overview
    AlliedUP received a $500,000 investment from ECMC Foundation to support the expansion and growth of their cooperative staffing model, with plans to expand within the allied health sector and extend to the nursing sector. The goal is to leverage their worker-owner cooperative model to bring high wages, job flexibility, ongoing education and opportunity to help allied health workers and nurses achieve success. ECMC Foundation funding supported the addition of new recruiters and provided the working capital needed to scale the cooperative model.
  • Strengthening Legislative Support for Community College Pathways that Lead to Middle Skill Jobs
    Grantee
    National Conference of State Legislatures
    Amount
    $200000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2022
    Focus
    re-entry/post-incarceration, public policy engagements
    Overview
    NCSL seeks funding to conduct research and identify policy options that support postsecondary CTE programs and students, identify best practices and legislative examples related to promoting success for students seeking postsecondary CTE credentials, and share learnings via events and publications. The goal is to ensure state legislators and legislative staff are prepared to craft state policy and oversee state appropriations for postsecondary CTE programs.
  • The Power of Systems: Advancing Prosperity for the Nation
    Grantee
    National Association of System Heads (NASH)
    Amount
    $500000
    Locations
    New York, Maryland, California
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2022
    Focus
    cross-sector collaboration, reducing completion barriers, multi-institutional collaboration, mentorship/advising/coaching, leadership development
    Overview
    NASH seeks funding to launch its Big Re-Think (BRT) transformation agenda for higher education systems. Funding will be used to identify, assess, and implement innovations among higher education systems that 1) increase student degree completion rates; 2) expand student mobility; and 3) reduce student indebtedness.
  • Noncredit Data Academy Planning Grant
    Grantee
    Opportunity America Educational Fund
    Amount
    $75000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2022
    Focus
    stackable credentials, public policy engagements, multi-institutional collaboration
    Overview
    The Opportunity America Educational Fund (OA) received funding to design, fund, and recruit states to participate in a Policy Academy to help state higher education agencies standardize data definitions, data collection practices, and data reporting processes for skills-centered noncredit programs that bridge to traditional academic credentials. The goal is to position OA to launch the Policy Academy focused on improving the integration of noncredit, job-focused programs to better serve students as a gateway to degrees and economic mobility.
  • Minnesota State and United Way 211 Program Partnership
    Grantee
    Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
    Amount
    $700000
    Locations
    Minnesota
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2022
    Focus
    basic needs
    Overview
    Minnesota State seeks funding to partner with Greater Twin Cities United Way to implement a basic needs resource hub that will be available to postsecondary students across the System. The goal is to connect students with the United Way 211 program to better connect students with critical services such as housing assistance, food programs and childcare.
  • Investing in Data Infrastructure to Support Postsecondary Persistence for Single Mother College Students
    Grantee
    Jeremiah Program
    Amount
    $500000
    Locations
    Texas, North Dakota, New York, Nevada, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Maryland
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2022
    Focus
    wraparound services, technology development, mentorship/advising/coaching
    Overview
    JP received funding to revamp their data infrastructure to collect and analyze high-quality data in order to understand the journey from participant to alumnae. The goal is to better support single mother student persistence and completion and share learnings with the field.
  • Upskilling Mobility Services
    Grantee
    Capital IDEA Houston
    Amount
    $500000
    Locations
    Texas
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2022
    Focus
    cross-sector collaboration, employer engagement, career pathways
    Overview
    Capital Idea Houston received funding to expand Upskilling Mobility Services by increasing employer partnerships and adding four new career pathway programs. The goal is to build capacity for Upskilling Mobility Services to increase the number of graduates with a certificate or associate degree and job placement in an in-demand industry.
  • Creating Accessibility to Career & Technical Education in Southeast Arizona
    Grantee
    JobPath, Inc.
    Amount
    $422000
    Locations
    Arizona
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2022
    Focus
    cross-sector collaboration, wraparound services, case management
    Overview
    JobPath seeks funding to expand to neighboring Cochise County by securing community college, social service, and employer partners; identifying high-wage, in-demand careers; recruiting 80 students; and evaluating their efforts. The goal is to develop JobPath’s capacity to sustain the expansion and position the organization to access county and state funding.
  • A Community-Based Approach to Expanding Peer-to-Peer College Persistence Programming
    Grantee
    College Access: Research & Action (CARA)
    Amount
    $550000
    Locations
    Washington, New York
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2022
    Focus
    wraparound services, multi-institutional collaboration, mentorship/advising/coaching
    Overview
    Under the auspices of the Research Foundation of the City of New York (CUNY), College Access: Research & Action (CARA) offers peer-led programs to high school and college students and conducts research on college access and success issues. CARA received funding to develop their train-the-trainer model by helping partners in Tacoma, Washington develop and implement their peer-led college persistence programming. The goal is for CARA to codify their expansion process and help two colleges successfully adopt and sustain their student programming.
  • Accelerating Baseline Capacities (ABCs) in Data for Student Success
    Grantee
    United Negro College Fund
    Amount
    $740250
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2022
    Focus
    technology development
    Overview
    The United Negro College Fund, Inc. (UNCF) provides a range of services to the 37 historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) that make up their membership base. The United Negro College Fund, Inc. (UNCF) seeks funding to launch the Accelerating Baseline Capacities (ABCs) in Data for Student Success initiative, a program that will assist HBCUs in establishing a culture of data-driven decision-making and continuous improvement. The goal is to enable participating HBCUs to improve their data management and analysis capabilities to better serve and support their students.
  • Reducing Barriers: Rethinking Institutional Debt to Increase Retention
    Grantee
    College Now Greater Cleveland
    Amount
    $240000
    Locations
    Ohio
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2022
    Focus
    financial aid
    Overview
    Founded in 1967 as a college scholarship program for Cleveland public school students, College Now’s mission is to increase postsecondary educational attainment through college and career access advising, financial aid counseling and scholarship and retention services. College Now Greater Cleveland seeks funding to pilot and evaluate campus-interventions that reduce barriers for students who fall into transcript traps, which is the withholding of academic transcripts and degrees as punishment for unpaid balances to a postsecondary institution because of early or improper course withdrawal. The goal is to institutionalize effective practice for debt management and forgiveness leading to higher retention and graduation rates.
  • Industry and Inclusion
    Grantee
    The Century Foundation
    Amount
    $200000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2022
    Focus
    cross-sector collaboration, multi-institutional collaboration
    Overview
    The Century Foundation (TCF) seeks funding to help 12 community colleges grow their manufacturing programs by identifying additional funding, securing employer partners, and increasing the number of students – especially Black, Latinx, Indigenous and Asian students – enrolled in manufacturing programs. The goal is to develop a set of recommendations for public and private funders, employers, and community colleges interested in growing manufacturing education and training programs and increasing their impact by employing culturally competent and trauma-informed approaches as they scale their programs.
  • Advancing Community College Students’ Post Graduation Success
    Grantee
    Aspen Institute
    Amount
    $800000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2022
    Focus
    re-engagement/degree completion campaigns, multi-institutional collaboration
    Overview
    The Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program (CEP) seeks funding to help 10 community colleges lead students towards programs with strong post-completion outcomes, evaluate which reforms enable equitable post-graduation success, and create resources to share learnings to inform practice and policy. The goal is to close race- and income-based equity gaps by increasing the number of students from underserved backgrounds who complete programs with high post-completion value as compared to upper income and white students.
  • Pandemic Recovery – City Year Student Success Coaches in K-12 Schools; Pathways to Career Readiness
    Grantee
    City Year
    Amount
    $2000000
    Locations
    District of Columbia, Washington, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, New York, Florida, Delaware, Colorado, California
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2022
    Focus
    work-based learning, mentorship/advising/coaching, leadership development
    Overview
    The goal of this initiative is to sustain and enhance City Year’s proven program model by recruiting 150 new Student Success Coaches (SSC) from community colleges and CBOs to serve 7,000 students in up to 25 under-resourced elementary schools in ten cities; strengthen City Year’s relationship with postsecondary and other professional partners to place alumni in academic or career positions that address their post-City Year goals; and pilot new SSC participation models in up to six cities that will allow for greater participation of students from diverse backgrounds and communities.
  • EDiCTS Project: Enhancing Diversity in Career and Technical STEM
    Grantee
    The Ohio State University
    Amount
    $499913
    Locations
    Texas, Oklahoma
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2022
    Focus
    reducing completion barriers, employer engagement, case management, apprenticeship
    Overview
    The Ohio State University College Impact Laboratory seeks funding to offer financial support and non-academic programming at four community colleges (Brookhaven College, Odessa College, San Jacinto College, and Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology) offering the ASSET program, evaluate the program enhancements, and share the learnings. The goal is to understand what conditions increase the number of students of color and female students that graduate with an associate degree and secure automotive technician roles.
  • National design and development of Men of Color grantmaking
    Grantee
    University of Southern California, Pullias Center for Higher Education
    Amount
    $159203
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2022
    Focus
    reducing completion barriers
    Overview
    The University of Southern California’s (USC) Pullias Center for Higher Education seeks funding to support the development of a grantmaking initiative at ECMC Foundation focused on supporting Men of Color in higher education. The goal is to fully assess the academic, nonprofit and funder landscape to determine opportunities for ECMC Foundation to deepen its grantmaking efforts in this space.
  • Supporting the Whole Student Through Mental Health and Wellbeing
    Grantee
    National College Attainment Network
    Amount
    $625000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2022
    Focus
    mentorship/advising/coaching, basic needs
    Overview
    NCAN received funding to support its “Whole Student Through Mental Health and Wellbeing” project. The goal is to assist six NCAN member organizations with assessing their mental health and wellness strategies and to offer professional development on mental health and wellness strategies to all NCAN member organizations.
  • College Success Networked Improvement Community
    Grantee
    Breakthrough Collaborative
    Amount
    $400000
    Locations
    Texas, New York, Massachusetts, California
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2022
    Focus
    mentorship/advising/coaching
    Overview
    Breakthrough seeks funding to codify and scale their college success program to better support their network. The goal is to identify the baseline components of a college success program and build the capacity of their National Office to provide technical assistance to sites that are developing a new program.
  • Catalyzing Postsecondary and Career Success for Scholars from Underserved Communities
    Grantee
    College Track
    Amount
    $500000
    Locations
    District of Columbia, Massachusetts, Louisiana, Colorado, California
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2022
    Focus
    wraparound services, mentorship/advising/coaching
    Overview
    College Track received funding to redesign and implement their College & Career Success Program, the second half of their 10-year holistic college completion program that supports scholars from ninth grade through college graduation. The goal is to increase the percentage of College Track scholars that are thriving on four-year college campuses, earning bachelor’s degrees and pursuing careers that lead to long-term social mobility.
  • MyCoach Student Success Platform and other technology upgrades, including the integration of GradGuru
    Grantee
    Beyond12
    Amount
    $800000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2022
    Focus
    mentorship/advising/coaching
    Overview
    Beyond 12 received funding for its integrated MyCoach Student Success Platform and to implement technological upgrades, including the integration of GradGuru. The goal is to expand its reach with community colleges and higher education institutions and validate its evolving model’s impact on student outcomes, which will position the organization for national scale.
  • College Attainment for Parent Scholars (CAPS)
    Grantee
    Virginia Foundation for Community College Education
    Amount
    $583000
    Locations
    Virginia
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2022
    Focus
    wraparound services, re-engagement/degree completion campaigns, reducing completion barriers, multi-institutional collaboration
    Overview
    Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE) received funding to launch College Attainment for Parent Scholars (CAPS), an initiative to help five community colleges implement integrated supports for low-income student parents (especially single mother students), evaluate student parent needs and retention outcomes, and scale learnings across the system. The goal is to improve persistence and completion rates and increase earnings by 200% or more above poverty level within six months of graduation for single mother students.
  • PEP CTE Accelerator Network
    Grantee
    Jobs for the Future
    Amount
    $415000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2022
    Focus
    other, re-entry/post-incarceration, career pathways
    Overview
    JFF received funding to design comprehensive high-quality CTE pathways, build partnerships with Department of Corrections staff and within and across college financial aid, admissions, assessment, and student support services and address the delivery of CTE for students with long-term sentences. The goal of this project is to establish a CoP among a network of institutions implementing high quality CTE programming in PEP as a pathway to CTE credentials and pathways to career opportunity.
  • Postsecondary Collaborative Reporting Project
    Grantee
    Minnesota Public Radio / American Public Media
    Amount
    $75000
    Locations
    Minnesota
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2022
    Focus
    media awareness/public awareness campaigns
    Overview
  • Tracking Transfer 2.0 and The Transfer Playbook 2.0
    Grantee
    Aspen Institute
    Amount
    $820000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2022
    Focus
    transfer
    Overview
    Based in Washington, DC, The Aspen Institute is an education and policy studies organization that utilizes informed dialogue and inquiry to foster values-based leadership and provide a neutral venue for discussing and acting on critical issues. The Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program seeks funding to publish national and state-level data on transfer student outcomes for the first time and use the data to engage 10-15 state leaders through technical assistance, convenings, and actionable research and tools. The goal is to accelerate transfer reform by increasing awareness of racial equity gaps in transfer student outcomes for two- and four-year institutions across the country.
  • NPR Education Coverage
    Grantee
    National Public Radio
    Amount
    $150000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2022
    Focus
    media awareness/public awareness campaigns
    Overview
    NPR will use these resources to sustain its postsecondary education journalism. The goal is to continue reporting on issues affecting postsecondary students, faculty, administrators, and communities throughout the country and produce more than 150-200 stories on postsecondary education over the course of the grant period. NPR will deliver in-depth, comprehensive reporting on the state of higher education in the United States. Reporting will include long-form investigative pieces, newscast segments, digital content on npr.org and NPR-branded social media channels and stories featured on the organization’s news magazines, including All things Considered and Morning Edition.
  • College President’s Leadership Consortium on Civic Learning
    Grantee
    The Institute for Citizens & Scholars
    Amount
    $250000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2022
    Focus
    media awareness/public awareness campaigns
    Overview
    C&S received funding to launch the College Presidents’ Leadership Consortium on Civic Learning. The goal is to create a consortium of college and university presidents who represent different segments of higher education and points of view who can re-center civic learning in postsecondary education in ways that strengthen campus public discourse and democracy.
  • Exploring Transfer Together: an initiative to enhance success for community college transfers to liberal arts colleges
    Grantee
    Vassar College
    Amount
    $410000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2022
    Focus
    cross-sector collaboration, transfer, multi-institutional collaboration, mentorship/advising/coaching
    Overview
    Vassar received funding to forge a national network of highly selective liberal arts colleges (HSLACs) and community colleges. The goal is to enhance the capacity for and effectiveness of collaboration between these two institutional sectors of higher education to prepare more community college students for transfer to HSLACs, using Vassar’s ET program (and related programs) as a key institutional strategy.
  • Support of The Hechinger Report’s Coverage of College Success
    Grantee
    The Hechinger Report
    Amount
    $75000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2022
    Focus
    media awareness/public awareness campaigns
    Overview
    The Hechinger Report (Hechinger) will report, write, and publish feature stories on higher education issues. The goal is to produce compelling, long-form higher education news stories, employing photography, video and data visualizations to elevate findings that promote student college success and career readiness. Hechinger is especially interested in postsecondary reporting as it pertains to students of color, first-generation students, and nontraditional students in their efforts to attain learning beyond high school. Coverage will focus on elevating and communicating important reforms, relevant research and best practices aligned along three major postsecondary education themes: enrollment disparities, community colleges, and college completion.
  • Reimagining the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education
    Grantee
    American Council on Education
    Amount
    $1000000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2022
    Focus
    cross-sector collaboration, public policy engagements, multi-institutional collaboration
    Overview
    ACE seeks funding to begin its revision of the Carnegie Classifications of Institutions of Higher Education. The goal is to develop, pilot, and implement a student social and economic mobility (SEM) measure that will incentivize colleges and universities to devote resources toward learner-focused activities such as college completion and post-collegiate workforce success. First-year funding will support four key advisory groups, consult with education leaders from at least 100 institutions, and identify at least 50 presidents/chancellors of higher education institutions by July 2023 who publicly demonstrate support for the redesign and begin development of SEM prototypes.
  • Resiliency Cash Transfer for Good
    Grantee
    Edquity
    Amount
    $500000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2022
    Focus
    basic needs
    Overview
    Edquity received a $500,000 PRI from ECMC Foundation to continue its steady expansion in the higher education market and prove concept with social safety net programs. The Company plans to use the funds to build out a municipality platform while positioning its core Emergency Aid for College Students product for long-term sustainability. The goal is to streamline access to the safety net for postsecondary students and vulnerable Americans by providing fast, dependable, and equitable emergency cash transfers.
  • Reporting on California Higher Education
    Grantee
    EdSource Inc.
    Amount
    $75000
    Locations
    California
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2022
    Focus
    media awareness/public awareness campaigns
    Overview
    With support from ECMC, EdSource reports on California’s public colleges and universities, particularly California Community Colleges and California State University (CSU), which have the largest postsecondary student enrollment in the nation. EdSource will use diverse storytelling methods — including podcasts, video, and virtual Roundtable discussions — to engage a broad audience and incorporate student and stakeholder voices.
  • Informing the Department of Education’s Research and Evaluation Set-Aside
    Grantee
    Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP)
    Amount
    $75000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2022
    Focus
    public policy engagements
    Overview
    IHEP will conduct a review of all Higher Education Act (HEA) programs currently administered by the US Department of Education (ED) that support equitable college access and success outcomes for Black, Hispanic, Indigenous, AAPI and low-income students. The goal is to provide ED with recommendations identifying the most efficient and impactful ways of spending HEA program evaluation dollars allocated by Congress in the fiscal 2022 omnibus appropriations bill.
  • GUSTO: Generating Uniquely Skilled Training Opportunities
    Grantee
    University of Central Missouri
    Amount
    $450000
    Locations
    Missouri
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2022
    Focus
    reducing completion barriers, career pathways
    Overview
    UCM received funding to pilot and evaluate competency-based curriculums for students with disabilities enrolled in postsecondary CTE programs at three community colleges in Missouri. The goal is to develop a sustainable program model for students with disabilities to earn postsecondary credentials in CTE programs.
  • Raising Awareness for Single Mothers in College
    Grantee
    Higher Learning Advocates
    Amount
    $150000
    Locations
    National
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2022
    Focus
    public policy engagements
    Overview
    HLA received funding to launch a targeted campaign to help improve the postsecondary success of student parents, and in particular, single mothers. The goal is to raise public awareness of programs and policies to help increase the associate degree attainment of single mother students.
  • CSU Board of Trustees Assessment
    Grantee
    California State University Foundation
    Amount
    $75000
    Locations
    California
    Status
    Granted
    Year
    2022
    Focus
    public policy engagements
    Overview
    The CSU Board of Trustees seeks funding to conduct an evaluation of the Board’s governance policies, practices, and protocols. The goal is to fundamentally change the way the Board operates by clarifying expectations for membership, improving communication internally and with campuses, and enhancing the Board’s reputation and credibility with stakeholder groups.