Fresno State wins $225,000 grant
July 9, 2014
• For “transformational planning”
• “The time is right for regional dialogue and collaboration”
Fresno State is one of seven public urban research universities selected to participate in a one-year project that seeks to transform the way higher education is delivered.
The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, in coordination with the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities, is managing the grant on behalf of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which provides the money.
Fresno State will receive $225,000 to bring regional public school and community college districts together to plan ways to improve pathways from kindergarten to college with tablet technology. A streamlined K-16 pipeline that propels students along learning pathways is expected to improve student learning and success and save students, institutions and the state significant sums of money, the university says.
“The time is right for regional dialogue and collaboration to realize common goals for our Valley students,” says Fresno State President Joseph Castro.
The other grantees are Florida International University, Georgia State University, Portland State University, Temple University, University of Akron and University of Illinois at Chicago.
APLU intends to use its national network to scale the most promising findings and practices of Fresno State and the six other grantees to help its more than 200 public university members across the country better meet the needs of their evolving student populations.