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Five Institutions Named to Participate in Change and Innovation Lab

December 16, 2014

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​Initiative Focuses on First-generation and Nontraditional Student Attainment

ACE has selected five institutions to participate in a second round of 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 with a college degree.

Four-year historically black colleges and universities, minority-serving institutions and Hispanic-serving institutions were eligible to apply. The participating institutions are: California State University, Fresno; Queens College, City University of New York; Savannah State University (GA); University of Texas of the Permian Basin; and West Virginia State University.

The CIL teams, which include an institution’s president or chancellor and provost or vice president for academic affairs, will attend the first of two meetings on Jan. 14-15, at ACE.

The selection criteria was 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.

The first round of the CIL engaged presidents and other senior leaders at 10 campuses across the country in an 18-month project to implement concrete steps and identify how these practices can be applied broadly at institutions nationwide.

The project is generously supported by a grant from Lumina Foundation.

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