UH Maui College awarded Next Generation Learning Challenges grant

Maui College
Emily R Sullivan, (808) 984-3549
Director of Marketing and Community Relations, Marketing
Posted: May 20, 2011

University of Hawai‘i Maui College has been awarded a major grant from Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC), a new initiative focused on identifying and scaling technology-enabled approaches to dramatically improve college readiness and completion, especially for low-income young adults, in the United States. UH Maui College was selected from a field of more than 600 pre-proposals and 50 finalists. The award will help fund the developmental math program at the college. 
"Through this first wave of grantees, we have identified a set of extremely promising technology-enabled solutions that I hope will help lead to improved education outcomes for all students,” said Ira Fuchs, Next Generation Learning Challenges executive director. “These programs represent a diverse range of approaches and show how the postsecondary system is adapting to give students the tools they need to achieve educational success."
Next Generation Learning Challenges is a multi-year, collaborative initiative, focused on early stage innovations. Addressing a continuum of interrelated issues spanning secondary and post-secondary education, from grades 6 through college, the NGLC invests in technology applications with emerging results that look promising but need more support to reach more students.
EDUCAUSE, an organization dedicated to advancing higher education through the intelligent use of technology, leads the Next Generation Learning Challenges, in collaboration with: The League for Innovation in the Community College, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL), and The Council of Chief State School Officers. Each offers deep, practical expertise in education, leadership, and innovation.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation helped design the Next Generation Learning Challenges, and fund the initiative. In addition to funding, NGLC is gathering evidence about effective practices, and working to develop a community dedicated to these persistent challenges.
EDUCAUSE is a nonprofit association of more than 2,300 colleges, universities, and educational organizations focused on helping those who lead, manage, and use information technology to shape strategic decisions at every level. The association's programs include applied research and analysis, strategic policy advocacy, teaching and learning initiatives, professional development, print and online information resources, and special interest collaborative communities.
The League is an international organization dedicated to catalyzing the community college movement. It hosts conferences and institutes, develop Web resources, conduct research, produces publications, provides services, and leads projects and initiatives with its member colleges, corporate partners, and other agencies in its continuing efforts to make a positive difference for students and communities.
iNACOL is the International Association for K-12 Online Learning, a non-profit 501(c)(3)membership association based in the Washington, DC area with more than 3,100 members. iNACOL is unique in that its members represent a diverse cross-section of K-12 education from school districts, charter schools, state education agencies, non-profit organizations, colleges, universities and research institutions, corporate entities, and other content and technology providers. iNACOL hosts the annual Virtual School Symposium (VSS).
The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. CCSSO provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues.
Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, Washington, the foundation is led by CEO Jeff Raikes and Co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has been making grants since 1967 to solve social and environmental problems at home and around the world. The Foundation's programs have ambitious goals that include: helping to reduce global poverty, limiting the risk of climate change, improving education for students in California and elsewhere, improving reproductive health and rights worldwide, supporting vibrant performing arts in our community, advancing the field of philanthropy, and supporting disadvantaged communities in the San Francisco Bay Area.
For more information about Next Generation Learning Challenges, please go to: www.nextgenlearning.org, or contact Marge Gammon, EDUCAUSE, (303) 816-7431 or (303) 909-0170 (cell), mgammon@educause.edu or mgammon@nextgenlearning.org
For more information about University of Hawai‘i Maui College, please go to: http://www.maui.hawaii.edu/, or contact Emily Sullivan, director of marketing and community relations, University of Hawai‘i Maui College, 310 W. Ka‘ahumanu Avenue, Kahului, Maui  96732. emilysul@hawaii.edu, or (808) 984-3549.