Expanding the Reach
Currently Funded Programs Include:
COLLEGE CONFIDENCE PROJECTSnapshot Report – First-Year Persistence and Retention, National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, 2017
To help freshman women successfully tackle the challenges of transitioning into college life, we're funding the creation of an online support community designed to build confidence and increase persistence.
Aligning Education and Employment Equity
We're supporting the Aspen Institute as they develop practical tools to help community colleges nationwide strengthen employer collaborations.
Better Academic Probation Letters
College Transition Collaborative is working to develop and share guidance with colleges about how to craft financial aid probation letters that meet federal requirements and convey their commitment to helping students succeed.
Tools of the Trade Apprentice Scholarships
Apprenticeships lead to good jobs, but for many it's a rocky financial road getting there, with little aid and big expenses for equipment and clothing. But $1,500 makes the going easier.
Improving Latino Student Success*The Condition of Education, NCES, April 2017
Latino students are less likely to earn a postsecondary degree than any other ethnicity. To help narrow the achievement gap, we're funding Excelencia in Education as they implement proven completion strategies at eight Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs).
Guided Pathways Reform
According to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, only 39% of community college students graduate within six years. There are many initiatives currently underway to improve that number, and one of the most promising is guided pathways, a more efficient, well-defined path through college that can increase graduation rates.
APLU has proven that small grants—often just a few hundred dollars—can help low-income students finish college. Together with Lumina Foundation, we're funding college completion grants on nine college campuses.
By preparing STEM graduate students to be effective in both lab and classroom, we hope to prevent many talented undergrads from leaving STEM majors due to uneven teaching quality.
Earning a college degree can break the cycle of poverty. Making it possible for thousands more low-income students: intensive coaching and support that follows them from high school through college.
October 19, 2017
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