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We partner with learning technology organizations, colleges, and universities to develop and scale adoption of next-generation digital courseware that delivers personalized learning at scale, improving the postsecondary success of hundreds of thousands of students. We believe that technology cannot replace the human element in higher education but can enrich it.

With our Next Generation Courseware Challenge, we sought the very best courseware solutions to help low-income students succeed in high-enrollment general education college courses. The seven finalists represent some of the leading innovators creating digital courseware solutions to help students get the best education, and enable colleges and universities to more effectively advance their missions. The finalists will engage in a comprehensive, three-year effort that includes a robust combination of design, development, distribution, adoption, implementation, and delivery of exemplary digital courseware offerings.

From our courseware grantees and research we’ve learned at-risk students can master the same amount of content in half the amount of time when they take high-quality blended courses versus traditional courses. We’ve also seen pass rates for at-risk students increase by 1/3 when they take high-quality blended courses versus traditional courses.

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Sources: The Open Learning Initiative: Measuring the Effectiveness of the OLI Statistics Course in Accelerating Student Learning and Lessons from Five Years of Funding Digital Courseware: Postsecondary Success Portfolio Review

Read more about the advances being made in courseware:


Emergency Aid Keeps Students on Path to Graduation

July 6, 2016

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The Typical College Student Is Not Who You Think It Is

July 5, 2016

Who are today’s college students? The answer surprises most people who attended four year universities.
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‘Passport’ for Transfer

Professors and academic leaders from seven western states have rolled out an “interstate passport” to
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College deadlines complicate Early FAFSA

The Obama administration’s new Oct. 1 FAFSA release date was supposed to make it easier
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Families Often Underestimate Financial Aid Eligibility

Just 24 percent of parents and 37 percent of students believe they will qualify for
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Community college students are filling the rolls at four-year institutions

Public colleges and universities are drawing a large percentage of their students from community colleges,
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Study casts doubt on value of remedial math for college

June 27, 2016

Colleges routinely force students with weak math skills to take remedial classes before enrolling in
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Minnesota community colleges clear a path for four-year degrees

For many students, community college is the first step toward earning a bachelor’s degree. But
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Texas HBCU Launches Think Tank to Groom Next Generation of Black Leaders

One of the oldest HBCUs in the nation is working to cultivate the next generation
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College Unaffordable Even in Higher Income Brackets

College is becoming less and less affordable to more and more families higher and higher
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