October 17, 2012 (Washington, DC) – Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC), an initiative dedicated to improving college readiness and completion, today announced grants totaling $5.4 million for 13 new models of personalized, blended learning at the secondary and postsecondary levels.
Marking the close of its third wave of investments focused on comprehensive, breakthrough models for improving college readiness and completion, NGLC has now provided $30 million in support of 78 secondary and postsecondary education organizations since its inception in 2010. NGLC’s Wave III investments target institutions and organizations launching new breakthrough models that incorporate technology to accelerate and enhance new, personalized, competency-based, blended programs, supported by business models that can sustain expansion.
“NGLC’s thirty Wave III grantees are the new-model builders. They are designing schools and college-level learning pathways that encourage access, persistence, and completion in learning environments that marry technology and close attention to students’ individual needs,” said Andrew Calkins, Deputy Director of NGLC. “They are striving to accelerate and deepen learning for today’s students, who have high expectations for engagement and personalization.”
NGLC’s purpose in funding the new models is to expand educational innovation and to inform the development of other new models. NGLC seeks to ensure that the models developed catalyze change among practitioners, policy makers, researchers, and innovators.
University of Washington (Seattle, WA; $884,000): UW will provide a transformational online undergraduate degree-completion program at a lower cost for Americans who have earned some college credits and want to complete a baccalaureate degree, initially in humanities and social sciences, but need an online format due to other life commitments. The UW will use MOOCs to deliver the courses.