Complete College America (CCA), a national non-profit organization on a mission to raise postsecondary attainment in the United States, today announced that it has been selected to participate in the next phase of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Intermediaries for Scale (IfS) Project and its $100 million commitment to equitable student outcomes. Over the course of the next five years, the organization will unite with six other national nonprofits to build a network of 300 institutions across the country working to improve student outcomes—especially for historically excluded students.
“College costs are rising, enrollment is declining, public trust in education is dwindling, and the gains in college access, equity, and completion we fought so hard to achieve are at risk. We cannot allow these risks to take hold for the long-term,” said Dr. Yolanda Watson Spiva, president of Complete College America. “The work of the Intermediaries for Scale is about helping institutions build their capacity while scaling, implementing, and sustaining evidence-based practices. The ultimate goal of these efforts is to improve student outcomes while reversing the negative trend lines in higher education from the past several years.”
Complete College America will utilize funding from the national grant program to build a network of 80 institutions that will receive funding, support and direct technical assistance to help campus teams design plans that meet their specific needs. The organization will launch a formal RFP process at its Annual Convening, in Atlanta, Ga., October 24-25, 2022. Members of the Complete College America Alliance-which includes senior leadership from states, systems, institutional consortia, and partner organizations will be eligible to apply and in turn, will select the participating institutions.
Originally launched in January 2020, the Intermediaries for Scale initiative is designed to help build the capacity of colleges and universities across the country to implement proven strategies for improving student success at scale. Drawn from an initial national cohort of twelve intermediaries and a competitive national selection process, Complete College America is among six selected entities that will now work over a 5-year period to increase student success through institutional transformation. The members of the IfS Cohort include UNCF, American Association of State Colleges & Universities (AASCU), American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC), Excelencia in Education, and Growing Inland Achievement (GIA).
Research, evaluation, and the identification of best practices are also at the core of Complete College America’s work. Institutions selected as grantees by Complete College America will form a national community of practice that will facilitate the sharing of data, insights, and resources across peer institutions. Participating institutions will also commit to participating in the Postsecondary Data Partnership, which is working to scale the capacity of institutions to collect, manage, and analyze data to improve student outcomes.
Colleges interested in learning more about the Intermediaries for Scale project can visit the Complete College America website or sign up to attend the Complete College America Annual Convening (October 24-25). For more information, please contact Melanie Harris