Strada Education Network Names 15 Innovation Grant Winners in $10 Million Beyond Completion Challenge | State


INDIANAPOLIS, January 18, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Strada Education Network today announced the winners of the initial phase of a $10 million grant challenge to help higher education institutions identify and develop new solutions that will improve career and life opportunities for more students of color, first-generation students, those who struggling to pay for education, students and working adults.

Strada partners with the Higher Education and Opportunities Working Group for the Beyond the Challenge of Completion reinventing higher education to better meet the needs of students. Strada launched the grant challenge knowing that students need an educational experience that connects learning with employment so that all students can get good jobs, do meaningful work, and lead fulfilling lives.

Each participating institution will develop an initiative on its campus or in collaboration with other organizations, including industry partners, to foster a more effective higher education experience.

The 15 institutions selected to receive innovation grants of up to $250,000 are:

  1. Arizona State University
  2. City University of New York
  3. Georgia State University
  4. Georgia Institute of Technology
  5. New York University
  6. North Carolina A&T State University
  7. Northern Virginia Community College
  8. Southern New Hampshire University
  9. University of Arizona
  10. University of Minnesota Rochester
  11. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  12. University of Oregon
  13. University of Pittsburgh
  14. University of Texas System
  15. Virginia Tech

The grants announced today will support new projects and initiatives focused on equitable outcomes through college graduation and beyond. Strada will provide more than $6 million additional support later this year to expand these grants and will engage in a year-long community of practice with grant recipients and other task force members working to improve outcomes beyond completion .

“As we recover from a global pandemic, we understand that our economy and our education system are changing dramatically,” Strada said. Ruth Watkin. “The good news is that higher education institutions are taking up the challenge and shifting their focus beyond earning credentials and degrees. The Beyond Completion Challenge was designed not only to come up with new ideas about way to achieve this goal, but to put resources behind them so that more students can benefit.We were delighted with the quality of the submissions and are delighted to support this great work.

Today’s Phase One grants were awarded to all 15 institutions to support curriculum, career guidance and support, work-based learning, capacity building, and technology innovations. The funded initiatives fall into four categories:

  • Integrate career relevance into the curriculum.
  • Developing strategies to expand career support.
  • Strengthen the links between education and career.
  • Build institutional capacity to improve career outcomes.

James Milliken, Chancellor of University of Texas system, said: “The University of Texas System is honored to be recognized in the Beyond Completion Challenge. This grant will help undergraduate students in the UT system transition into high-value careers by expanding access to micro-credentials that equip students with the skills most valued by Texas employers. Pairing a bachelor’s degree with an industry-recognized degree will give students a competitive edge in the job market while enhancing their undergraduate experience. »

At University of Arizona, Abra McAndrew, Assistant Vice President for Access, Engagement and Opportunity, said, “Strada’s Beyond Completion Challenge puts resources and support behind one of the University of Arizona is most focused on: ensuring that every student gains career-related experience while graduating. We know that internships make a difference in first-generation student outcomes and we appreciate this opportunity to strengthen our efforts and commitment to equitable outcomes for these students. »

“We’ve seen first-hand how the nature and quality of student engagement has a measurable impact on success and well-being long after graduation,” said Virginia Tech President Tim Sands. “The Innovation Grant will help us further develop a more efficient and equitable student experience strategy that can be shared with other institutions pursuing similar goals.”

Over the next few months, all working group members will be invited to join Innovation Grant recipients in a community of practice to share information and discover what works to help students succeed beyond the completion.

Later this year, institutions receiving support in phase one, along with other members of the working group, will be invited to compete for additional funding to expand their work. The focus of phase two will be on reaching more students or partnering with other institutions or industries to significantly share and scale effective practices.

About the Strada Education Network

Strada Education Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people enjoy the education and training after high school that helps them find good jobs, do meaningful work, contribute to their communities, and lead a fulfilling life. We believe education and training after high school has the potential to be the most powerful and equitable ways to help all people thrive in their careers and in their lives. To help students succeed beyond obtaining a certificate or degree, we conduct research, make charitable grants and social impact investments, and support Strada Collaborative, which directly serves students and the workers. Learn more about stradaeducation.org.

About the Higher Education and Opportunities Working Group

The Higher Education and Opportunity Task Force is a collective of 37 institutions, including 35 higher education presidents and chancellors, representing 2.4 million students in public, private, two- and four-year institutions. . To address the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, growing income inequality and the changing nature of work, the task force aims to increase the contribution of higher education to society by helping students enter labor market, partnering with communities and providing accessible, applicable services and quality education. The working group offers new opportunities for collaboration, information sharing and impact across the higher education ecosystem. Learn more about TaskforceOnHigherEd.org.

SOURCE Strada Education Network

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