Good News from the White House Event on Community Colleges

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, “Foundation Launches $35 million Program to Help Boost Community College Graduation Rates“:

WASHINGTON — Melinda Gates today announced that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is investing $34.8 million over five years to help dramatically increase the graduation rates of today’s community college students. The Completion by Design program will award competitive grants to groups of community colleges to devise and implement new approaches to make the college experience more responsive to today’s student.

“Most students today who are pursuing an education beyond high school are also balancing the demands of work and family,” Gates said. “Yet colleges haven’t adapted to this new reality. Completion by Design will give enterprising colleges the resources they need to pursue what works for students.”

Lumina Foundation, “New $1,000,000 Aspen Prize to Reward Community College Excellence“:

Washington, DC, October 5, 2010 — A $1,000,000 prize competition to recognize community colleges with outstanding academic and workforce outcomes was announced today by the President at the White House Community College Summit. The Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence is a project of the Aspen Institute, in partnership with the Joyce Foundation, the Lumina Foundation for Education, Bank of America Charitable Foundation and the JP Morgan Chase Foundation, and was designed in cooperation with senior officials from the Obama Administration.

The Chronicle of Higher Education provided helpful context about White House planning, community college reaction, and the foundations’ important involvement when it previewed Monday’s White House Summit on Community Colleges, “Historic White House Summit to Put Community Colleges in the Spotlight.”

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