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College Completion


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College Readiness


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Breakthrough Models
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Breakthrough Models
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The NGLC initiative is led by EDUCAUSE, in partnership with the League for Innovation in the Community College, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Designing New Postsecondary Pathways
With this set of three NGLC resources, innovative faculty and administrators will have the conceptual background, practical examples, and applied tools they need to begin planning and designing next generation learning for their institutions.

Breakthrough Models


July 13-18, 2014 | Cambridge, MA
Summer and Fall 2014 | Online
February 9-11, 2014 | Anaheim, CA

Apply today for the Breakthrough Models Academy 2014, a collaboration of EDUCAUSE, the League for Innovation in the Community College, and Next Generation Learning Challenges.

Click here to learn more and to apply.

Breakthrough Models


Phase 1: March-July 2014
Phase 2: July-January 2015
Phase 3: January 2015-2016

The Breakthrough Models Incubator is accepting applications from leadership teams at forward-thinking institutions ready to develop the next generation of education and business models in higher education. In 2014, we will assemble and serve institutions seeking to advance and implement competency-based education, supported by sustainable, next generation business models. Applications are due February 7, 2014.

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Improving College Readiness and Completion Through Applied Information Technologies

The Challenge

The high school graduation rate in the United States is just over 70%, and, for African American, Hispanic, and low-income students, the rate hovers at slightly more than 50%. Of those who do graduate from high school, only half are prepared to succeed in college. For those who enroll in postsecondary education, only about half will actually earn a degree or a certification, with as few as one quarter of low-income students completing a degree. We face these challenges in college readiness and completion in the midst of the worst economic crisis in decades. Once first in the world in educational attainment, the United States is now just 10th and continues to be passed by other nations, even as postsecondary education is increasingly critical to individual and family financial security, to a vibrant economy, and to an engaged and participatory society.

NGLC seeks to dramatically improve college readiness and completion in the United States through the applied use of information technology.

The Focus

Information technology has transformed the way we live, work, and play, and the power of IT will be a central component of U.S. efforts to improve college readiness and completion rates, particularly for those who need education most.

  • Goal. NGLC seeks to dramatically improve college readiness and completion in the United States, especially among low-income young adults.
  • Vision. NGLC envisions an educational system that rigorously develops and scales breakthrough solutions to persistent educational barriers, resulting in significant improvement in college readiness and completion through the use of information technology.
  • Information-technology focused. Effective learning technologies can enable sound pedagogies and processes. The initiative seeks to identify ways that proven and emerging technology-enabled solutions can scale improvements in college readiness and completion.
  • Student success. The initiative emphasizes higher-quality learning experiences to facilitate greater students success.
  • Proof-of-concept and early scale. The initiative seeks to identify solutions displaying early promise and move them from "islands of innovation" to proof-of-concept and greater scale.
  • Secondary and postsecondary. The initiative is focused on young adults, spanning secondary and postsecondary education (grades 9-16). Although the institutional context and age of the learners differ, the problems facing students and educators are similar. NGLC addresses college readiness and completion as a continuum of interrelated issues.

This initiative is only one of many that will be required to dramatically improve college readiness and completion. Other important improvement efforts are under way, such as those in policy, measurement and accountability, and financial aid. There are other critical periods in education, such as grade school and early learning, and other important populations, such as adult learners. No single initiative, however, can address all ages and approaches. The hope is that NGLC's efforts, combined with those of others, will increase the educational attainment level of the United States.

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