Iowa Community College Online Consortium Receives Next Generation Learning Challenges Grant
The Iowa Community College Online Consortium (ICCOC) which includes Southeastern Community College has been awarded a $222,625 grant from Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC), a new initiative focused on identifying and scaling technology-enabled approaches to dramatically improve college readiness and completion, especially for low-income young adults, in the United States.
The ICCOC was selected from a field of more than 600 pre-proposals and 50 finalists. Twenty-nine projects will receive funding.
The award will fund the further development and implementation of communication tools to provide daily at-risk data to faculty, advisors and retention specialists. The ICCOC has also been asked to publish and present the data gathering and decision-making paradigm that has been used to increase online course completion rate of at-risk students by 9% in the past five years.
NGLC focuses on identifying and scaling technology-enabled approaches to dramatically improve college readiness and completion by addressing a continuum of interrelated issues spanning secondary and postsecondary education from grades 6 through college.
NGLC is led by EDUCAUSE in partnership with The League for Innovation in the Community College, the International Association of K-12 Online Learning, and the Council of Chief State School Officers.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation helped design the Next Generation Learning Challenges, and fund the initiative. For more information about Next Generation Learning Challenge Grants visit www.nextgenlearning.org .
The Iowa Community College Online Consortium is a self-sustained online learning partnership between seven Iowa Community College districts, which are: Eastern Iowa Community College District, Iowa Lakes Community College, Iowa Western Community College, Northwest Iowa Community College, Southeastern Community College, Southwestern Community College and Western Iowa Tech Community College.
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