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Change and Innovation Lab to Focus on First-generation and Nontraditional Student Attainment

January 24, 2014

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Colleges and Universities Interested in Participating Invited to Apply Now

​ACE announced today it is launching the Change and Innovation Lab (CIL), a groundbreaking project to help colleges and universities implement significant and sustainable initiatives to increase the number of first-generation and nontraditional students who gain a college degree.  

The CIL will engage presidents and other senior leaders at 10 campuses across the country in an 18-month project to implement concrete steps on those campuses and identify how some of these practices can be applied broadly at institutions nationwide. The project is being generously supported by a $400,000 grant from Lumina Foundation.

"The Change and Innovation Lab will make a significant contribution toward mobilizing higher education to increase student success and attainment nationwide," said ACE President Molly Corbett Broad. "We are grateful to Lumina Foundation for its support of this project, as well as for its continuing focus on improving postsecondary attainment."

ACE is soliciting proposals from institutions that wish to participate in the CIL and will convene two cohorts, each made up of five campus teams that must include an institution's president or chancellor and provost or vice president for academic affairs. The selection criteria will be designed to encourage high-access institutions to participate, including colleges and universities that enroll large numbers of Pell Grant recipients, have a history of serving or the capacity to serve post-traditional learners, and are interested in using technology and data to improve attainment rates.

For more information about how to apply to participate in the Change and Innovation Lab, click here. The deadline for submitting a proposal is Feb. 21, 2014.

"The Change and Innovation Lab will provide an opportunity for campus leaders to systematically plan their own transformation efforts with a focus on change leadership, faculty engagement, and the smart use of data and also will allow us to develop templates and promising practices that can be applied more broadly," said Cathy A. Sandeen, ACE's vice president for education attainment and innovation. "This project is one important step in achieving the type of transformational change that is needed to reach ambitious national attainment goals."

"We are very pleased to support ACE's development of the Change and Innovation Lab for higher education leadership teams," said Jamie Merisotis, president and CEO of Lumina Foundation. "We hope CIL can help provide the set of skills and tools leaders need today to close attainment gaps, and we are particularly hopeful that training leadership teams can more fully engage a campus in pursuit of those goals."

The Change and Innovation Lab project was inspired by another ACE initiative, the Presidential Innovation Lab, a recent effort to envision the future of higher education in response to the disruptive potential of new educational and business model innovations.

MEDIA CONTACT: Jon Riskind ▪ 202-939-9453 ▪ jriskind@acenet.edu

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