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Foundation Supports Partnerships Interested in Applying for State’s Awards for Innovation in Higher Education

College Futures Foundation (formerly known as College Access Foundation of California) is interested in supporting inter-segmental collaboration focused on boosting rates of bachelor’s degree attainment in California. The Foundation is encouraged by the state’s new Awards for Innovation in Higher Education and would like to see inter-segmental partnership sites (i.e., sites that feature partnerships between the K-12 system, community colleges, CSU and/or UC campuses) take advantage of this $50 million opportunity. To ensure that the state receives strong applications for the award program, we are offering two kinds of support to partnership sites. We invite sites to apply for either or both of these supports.

Center for Urban Education Institutes. The Foundation will host two convenings led by our partners at the University of Southern California’s Center for Urban Education. These events, Analyzing Data for Educational Alignment and Student Success, are designed as institutes for regional inter-segmental partnerships that are in the process of considering how best to put together an application for the Department of Finance’s Awards for Innovation in Higher Education. In addition to providing an opportunity to connect with leaders from other regions, the institutes will help attendees explore ways to use data to drive change and create collective impact within the context of their partnerships. A Northern California institute will take place on Monday, October 27 in Oakland and a Southern California institute will take place on Friday, October 31, 2014 in Los Angeles. Space is limited. Interested participants should click HERE to register.

Small grants to support application preparation. The Foundation acknowledges that successful completion of an application for the state’s Awards for Innovation in Higher Education program requires significant effort. To ensure that sites have the support that they need to complete their applications, we are making small grants available to a limited number of sites to help cover costs associated with application preparation. Grants will be awarded to inter-segmental partnerships through a competitive letter of inquiry (LOI) process. Grants will not exceed $30,000. To be considered for a grant, interested sites must submit an LOI no later than Friday, October 17, 2014 at 5PM PDT. [UPDATE: The submission window for this LOI has now closed.]

Please note: Participation in an Analyzing Data for Educational Alignment and Student Success institute does not commit your site to applying for the state’s Awards for Innovation in Higher Education. Sites that are unable to attend an institute may still submit an LOI to the Foundation for application preparation support. For more information on either of these opportunities, please contact Brock Grubb.