Note: Note: This pilot concluded in 2018, and we are no longer making grants as part of it. You can read about our new strategy for postsecondary funding, including our partnership with College Futures Foundation, by clicking here.
We made the previous pilot grants because Californians increasingly need a college degree or other postsecondary credential (e.g., certificates for jobs like childcare, paramedics, and more) for a good job and/or to move up. Yet, the transition from high school to postsecondary education is a challenge for many young Californians, especially those from low-income families.
Without structured pathways and support from mentors, peers, and social networks, even students that make it to college often struggle to complete a credential. To strengthen student transitions to — and through — college, we have:
While are no longer making grants under our Postsecondary Success pilot, we’re proud of the organizations we supported (see below) and the meaningful work they’ve accomplished.
In 2016, we announced more than $2.8 million in new funding to support these organizations.
A 10-month $300,000 grant to support the state's 113 community colleges to transform remediation to increase student completion and equity, through an entity such as the California Acceleration Project.
A one-year $300,000 grant to develop a new technology platform, partnerships, and organizational capacity through an entity such as the California College Guidance Initiative.
A two-year $546,000 grant to support Bridging the Gap implementation in Long Beach.
A two-year grant of $600,000 to support remediation reform through faculty networks in the community college system, via an entity such as the California Acceleration Project. Also approved was a two-year grant of $762,000 for the California Guided Pathways Project, which supports statewide scaling of a national reform movement to better structure experiences for community college students.
A two-year grant of $500,000 to strengthen college success for low-income students in California by expanding the Students Rising Above College2Careers Hub. The Hub is an integrated online/in-person college support model that combines online community, information, and personalized relationships to support students from high school graduation through college completion.
A two-year grant of $600,000 to expand uAspire’s Succeed program in California, in order to support high school graduates on the path to college completion. The Succeed program provides financial education for college success and includes in-person and text-based advising around financial aid renewal, balancing school and work, budgeting/money management, credit card debt and scams, and preparing for loan payback.
A two-year grant of $500,000 to support efforts in the Salinas Valley to strengthen partnerships between local high schools, Hartnell College, and CSU Monterey Bay, in order to ensure a smooth transition to postsecondary institutions for high school graduates.
A two-year grant of $972,000 to support the California State University Chatbot Consortium for Student Success. This consortium includes seven campuses working together to demonstrate how innovation and institutional reform can improve student outcomes in the CSU system.