Sharing New Grant Opportunities
March 8, 2016 Issue
Sharing New Grant Opportunities
Achieving the Dream (ATD) recently unveiled two exciting new grant opportunities designed to help more community college students earn their degrees. We encourage our partner colleges to consider applying.
Apply Now: Open Educational Resource Degree Initiative
Textbook costs comprise 30% of tuition, fees and supplies for community college students, posing a significant barrier to both college access and completion. Many students try to manage these costs by forgoing required textbooks, thereby hurting their grades, or taking fewer classes each semester, thereby prolonging their time to degree.
On February 24, ATD announced a grant opportunity that enables community colleges to engage faculty in the redesign of courses and degree programs through the replacement of textbooks with free Open Educational Resources (OER).
The goals of the OER Degree Initiative are to reduce costs and increase completion rates for community college students, as well as to encourage institutional change that better connects curriculum and pedagogy to updated student learning outcomes.
Community colleges and systems nationwide are invited to apply for three-year grants to support the creation of new OER Degree programs. (Colleges do not need to be ATD members to apply). Proposals are due April 8, 2016. Between 20 and 30 community colleges will be selected for funding.
New Grant Opening Soon: Engaging Adjunct Faculty in the Student Success Movement
Adjunct or part-time faculty teach more than half of all community college students, frequently in first-year courses and developmental education courses. Instructional quality and teacher engagement are critical to academic success, especially for low-income students, students of color and first-generation students.
A new ATD initiative recognizes that adjunct faculty are more valuable to their students if they have access to information about college programs and resources, data on student performance and progress, and the informal knowledge already known by their full-time faculty peers.
Funding from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation and The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust will support six ATD Leader Colleges in the Engaging Adjunct Faculty in the Student Success Movement. This initiative will develop or strengthen college policies and practices that build leadership opportunities for adjunct faculty, improve professional development activities and engage all faculty in student-focused reform efforts.
ATD will partner with the Community College Resource Center (CCRC) to document and share knowledge gained about designing and implementing scalable professional learning opportunities, engagement strategies and campus policies to improve adjunct faculty's instructional quality and level of institutional engagement, as well as impact on student outcomes.
An RFP will be posted this spring on the ATD website.
Learn How Completion Grants Aid Retention
Completion grants can play a key role in helping at-risk students nearing graduation stay enrolled in class and ultimately complete their degrees.
The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (USU) have released a report detailing the success of completion grants at 10 public urban research institutions. It includes a how-to manual to help others explore, replicate or scale similar retention and completion grant programs on campuses across the country.
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