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College receives Next Generation Learning Challenge grant

Saint Paul College, along with its partner colleges, has been awarded $750,000 as part of a consortium grant Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC), a new initiative that supports using innovative technology to improve college completion, particularly for low-income young adults. The initiative has awarded a combined total of $11 million to 29 organizations developing promising education technology solutions.
 
Selected from a field of more than 600 proposals and 50 finalists, Saint Paul College is partnering with The Community College of the District of Columbia, Portland State University of Portland, Oregon and South Texas College of McAllen, Texas on this pilot project.
 
The grant will be used to implement a project to scale alternative methods for making students college ready by supporting them in blended learning environments. The grant will also address the college readiness of high school students in the District of Columbia and at public high schools in South Texas by infusing college learning competencies into the high schools to support reading, math and writing skills consistent with college expectations for these students as measured by the Accuplacer.
 
“This grant and this project will allow us to test new methods and technologies to help students be ready to succeed in college. This work will support our commitment to reducing and eliminating the learning barriers associated with poor college readiness among high school graduates,” said Dr. Cathie Peterson, Dean of Business, Computer Careers & Communications at Saint Paul College
 
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. In addition to funding, NGLC is gathering evidence about effective practices, and working to develop a community dedicated to these persistent challenges.
 
Saint Paul College, located in the heart of Saint Paul's Cathedral Hill, has been educating students since 1910. Its ongoing mission is to provide: Education for Employment … Education for Life. The College offers a breadth of liberal arts, sciences, trade and technical programs to give our students the skills they need to succeed at work and in higher education. Saint Paul College is the highest ranked community college in the nation according to Washington Monthly Magazine’s 2010 College Rankings.
 
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Press Release: April 21, 2011