SACRAMENTO, Calif.—September 12, 2012—The Foundation for California Community Colleges (Foundation) has recently been selected to receive an educational policy grant from Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors’ California Education Policy Fund, established in 2011 with a leadership gift from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, to support the project “Accelerating Student Success in the California Community Colleges.”
This three-year, $300,000 grant will provide general operating support to help the Foundation advance system-wide student success activities, including innovative student-oriented technology advancements.
The Accelerating Student Success Project is part of the Foundation’s efforts to champion and support the California Community Colleges Student Success Initiative—a widespread effort to promote student success in the Community College system. Launched in 2011 by the California Community Colleges Board of Governors in partnership with the statewide Chancellor’s Office, the Student Success Initiative is based on a set of 22 recommendations put forth in the Student Success Task Force Report, compiled by an independent group of academic and administrative practitioners, researchers, and educational policy leaders, involved in a 12-month study of best practices in higher education systems throughout the nation. These recommendations now serve as a guiding policy for the system.
“As the official non-profit supporting the California Community College system, the Foundation is proud to be working closely with the Chancellor’s Office to move the student success Initiative forward,” said Keetha Mills, Foundation President and CEO. “Our goal is to help carry the banner of Student Success, keep a finger on the pulse of national, state, and local community college reform efforts, leverage existing and identify new partnerships, and make significant progress in the implementation of key Student Success Initiative recommendations.”
As an initial area of focus for the Accelerating Student Success Project, the Foundation is supporting the development and wide-use of student-centered technology that leads to student success. The Foundation will also work to improve digital literacy and access, overcome institutional barriers to the adoption of new technology tools, and serve as a champion for student-centered technology that shifts from an institution-oriented to a student-oriented approach.
“I am thrilled by the support offered to the Foundation by the California Education Policy Fund,” said Amy Supinger, Executive Director of the Student Success Task Force. “This grant serves as the cornerstone of the Foundation’s work around student success and will allow the organization to form a coalition of reform-minded practitioners and advocacy groups to continue moving the thoughtfully constructed recommendations of the Student Success Task Force forward.”
The Foundation for California Community Colleges is the official non-profit foundation to the California Community Colleges’ Board of Governors and Chancellor’s Office. The Foundation’s mission is to benefit, support, and enhance the missions of the California Community College system, the largest higher education system in the nation. Incorporated in 1998, the Foundation works with Community Colleges and partner organizations to manage donations, grants, programs, and services that drive excellence in education while saving millions of dollars for colleges each year. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit corporation and receives no direct state or public support.