College Ready Grant
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2015-2017 COLLEGE READY GRANT
Our College Ready grant provided $4.2 million in funding to nine colleges, universities and community-based organizations that administered programs to help high school students on the cusp of college readiness in English and math. Grant partners provided extra academic instruction to a combined 850 students during their junior and senior years. With extra attention and one-on-one instruction from qualified teachers and tutors, the aim was to boost students' chances for success in college-level courses that are key to ultimately earning a degree or other credential.
We were encouraged that data submitted by grant partners showed improved student performance after just two semesters of services. Following spring 2016 testing, programs using the ACT assessment reported average increases in baseline math scores from 17 to 19 and average increases in baseline English scores from 16 to 18—ACT's benchmark for college readiness. The math benchmark is 22. Unfortunately, this improvement did not continue into the students' senior year of high school. After the first semester of the students' senior year, the average math score went down to 18 and the average English score remained at 18. We are working with our grant partners to explore the factors that might have halted further gains.
The College Ready Grant period concluded in August 2017, and data analysis will be complete in early 2018. We look forward to increasing our understanding of how and why our grant partners developed and implemented interventions, as well as learning what worked and what didn't throughout the project.
We have not yet determined our plans for future grants aimed at increasing college readiness. Watch our Philanthropy Newsletter for updates regarding the grant calendar.
Reading the World: Alverno English and Math College Success Academy
A group of 75 female students from Milwaukee Public Schools will spend their Friday nights at Alverno for skill-building workshops in math and English. This program is based on the college's successful Girls Advanced Academy in Science and Mathematics.
Boys & Girls Club of Dane County
College Ready Scholars 2017
A cohort of 75 Verona High School students will receive 11-13 hours per week of math and English assistance, comprised of tutoring and a special course taught by qualified instructors. Academic coordinators provide one-on-one holistic support so students can work through life issues and focus on their studies.
College Now Greater Cleveland
R.I.S.E. — Raising Individual Student Expectations
One hundred students from the Cleveland Metropolitan School District will benefit from a combination of services held four days a week, including ACT-prep courses focused on math and English, tutoring and independent study projects, and advising sessions on college access and financial aid.
Kent State University
College Today: A Collaborative Initiative with Kent State University and the Akron Public Schools
Kent State instructors will provide school-day instruction in math and English to 80 students at two high schools. This new program builds on the success of other Kent State interventions: Minding the Gap, College-Bound Initiative and the Writing Ourselves Project.
Milwaukee Area Technical College
The goal of this program is to increase graduation rates and the path to college for 105 students at eight Milwaukee high schools. Students will go to MATC for math and English instruction and tutoring, and will earn both high school and college credits.
Saint Paul College
College Within Reach at Saint Paul College
St. Paul, Minnesota
This dual enrollment program will serve 125 students from three high schools, focusing on mathematics through virtual and in-person instruction at the college. A summer bridge component will keep the momentum going between years one and two.
Stark State College
Stark Preparing Akron Students for Success (Stark PASS)
A replication of the successful Canton Early College High School program will benefit 80 students from Akron Public Schools who will spend 10 hours per week on math and English instruction as well as college success coaching. Services will be offered at East Canton Learning Center and Stark State.
University of Minnesota
A program developed by Ph.D. candidates and their faculty advisor is expanding its focus beyond algebra to also include pre-calculus and math for social justice. Every Saturday during the academic year, 100 students will engage in interactive activities that will help boost their ACT scores.
University of Wisconsin-Madison
PEOPLE™ (Precollege Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence)
This proven program is expanding its academic-year services from the Madison Metropolitan School District to include schools in Milwaukee and Menominee, for a total of 100 students benefitting from intensive tutoring. UW-Madison math and English faculty consulted on curriculum redesign.
Contact Program Manager Supervisor Nikki Wachter at firstname.lastname@example.org or (877) 889‑3299.