Charter Oak Awarded Prestigious National Grant
College Selected to Study Breakthrough Models for Improving Student Outcomes
Charter Oak State College is one of seven colleges and universities nationally to
be selected by EDUCAUSE, the League for Innovation in the Community College, and Next
Generation Learning Challenges to study new models for improving both productivity
and student outcomes. The program, Breakthrough Models Incubator, is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Charter Oak State College will
receive grant support to participate in the program.
Other colleges selected include Austin Peay State University, Ball State University,
SUNY-Empire State College, Harper College, Montgomery County Community College, and
the University of Maryland University College.
Ed Klonoski, President of Charter Oak State College said, "It is reaffirming for us
to be represented among such an extraordinary group of diverse, forward-thinking institutions
dedicated to finding innovative ways to improve student outcomes. We are looking forward
to participating in this study and continuing to bring emerging approaches to earning
college degrees to our students both here in Connecticut and nationally."
Diana Oblinger, CEO of EDUCAUSE said, "The goal of Next Generation Learning Challenges is to improve college readiness and completion by accelerating and scaling breakthroughs
in technology-enabled innovation. The Breakthrough Models Incubator will serve institutions
that seek to dramatically improve student success in terms of persistence and graduation,
through more personalized, mastery-based approaches to learning, enabled in part by
The Incubator will connect its participating institutions with the leaders of emerging
models and provide a range of supports including:
- Analysis and information on emerging models, such as competency-based student progression,
or educational pathways;
- Opportunities to network with peer Incubator institutions and national experts through
face-to-face workshops, webinars, and a collaborative online space;
- Individualized coaching on planning and design from experts with experience in these
- Incentives, including $150,000 in grant support, to complete, approve, and launch
The ultimate goal of the Incubator is to broadly accelerate the adoption of innovative
strategies for two-year and four-year institutions. Beginning with a small pilot group,
the Incubator will work with successive cohorts to create an expanding network.
Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) accelerates educational innovation through applied technology to dramatically
improve college readiness and completion in the United States. This multi-year program
provides investment capital to expand the use of proven and emerging learning technologies,
collects and shares evidence of what works, and fosters innovation and adoption of
solutions which will dramatically improve the quality of learning in the United States.
NGLC is managed by EDUCAUSE in partnership with the League for Innovation in the Community
College, the Council of Chief State School Officers, and the International Association
for K-12 Online Learning. Funding for the Breakthrough Models Incubator is being provided
by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.