Confirming Promising Ideas

Validation Grants

Currently Funded Programs Include:


Have you signed up for orientation?

Texting reminders to high school grads over the summer keeps more on track for college in the fall. We've made a grant to learn what it takes to get more schools to add this crucial support.


Making Yes or No Easier

By providing training materials to emergency grant staff, we can help them make decisions that prevent eligible students from dropping out due to unexpected financial setbacks. We hope this will help more students stay enrolled and on the path to graduation.

EASE Summer Enrollment Grant

Encouraging Additional Summer Enrollment

Many community college students enroll part time or inconsistently, and the more time they spend out of school, the less likely they are to graduate. That's why we're working with community colleges in Ohio to learn if attending summer school can help more students graduate and graduate faster.

Engaging Adjunct Faculty Initiative

Helping part-time faculty fully connect to students.

Part-time adjunct faculty often lack training in teaching methods and campus resources—hindering the success of diverse learners. This Achieving the Dream™ initiative seeks ways to both improve adjunct faculty teaching quality and increase awareness of student support programs.

Open Educational Resources (OER) Degree Initiative

Can a degree program using free online materials in place of textbooks improve student success rates? We're joining forces with Achieving The Dream to find out.

Can a degree program using free online materials in place of textbooks improve student success rates? We're joining forces with Achieving The Dream™ to find out.

ASAP Replication

two times increase in graduation

Can an innovative program from New York City that dramatically boosts community college graduation rates work elsewhere? We're finding out.

The Degree

2.5 GPA plus 90% attendance equals a 12,000 dollar scholarship

In collaboration with the Milwaukee Public Schools, we'll learn if the promise of a college scholarship promotes good grades, graduation, and matriculation.

Wisconsin Hope Lab

2.5 million dollars given to develop a new research lab

First-of-its-kind reasearch lab at the University of Wisconsin—Madison, dedicated to finding new and effective ways to minimize barriers to college completion.

Stem Pipeline Study

more than 50% fail to finish

With more than 50% of low-income students leaving STEM majors before graduation, we want to see if providing additional financial aid can change that.

October 19, 2017

Summer Melt Texting Initiative Lessons Learned

Find out what it takes to launch a successful program

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Career Ready Internship Grant Closing Report

Learn best practices from our grant partners

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Dash Emergency Grant Closing Report

Learn best practices from colleges with successful programs!

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