Student Success Grant Program Announced

Mar 1, 2024

by Liz Gullett

As MLC’s Communications and Social Media Manager, Liz Gullett keeps clients informed and up-to-date on the goings on in Lansing and the Capitol.

The Department of Lifelong Education, Advancement, and Potential (MiLEAP) announced the kickoff of a new $45 million student success initiative. This is the first-ever grant program aimed at increasing student success rates at community and tribal colleges and universities.

MiLEAP’s Office of Sixty by 30 created the initiative with the goal of changing institutional practices to dramatically increase student graduation rates. According to the department, the grants will back research and evidence-based solutions to improve student outcomes in areas such as critical course success, scaled reform of remediation, student mental health, scheduling reform, program redesign, and more.

There are five categories of grants available:

    • Quick Start Grants: Funding to undergo an action-oriented assessment process to strengthen grounding in student experience and/or develop a coherent and strategic approach for removing institutional barriers to student success.
    • Student Success Grants: Implementing, improving on, and scaling implementation of promising reforms of policy and practice associated with decreased time to credential, increased student persistence, improved completion rates for all learners, and the elimination of equity gaps.
    • Barrier Removal – Direct to Students: Funding to provide emergency aid and other direct support to students aimed at removing life barriers such as childcare, transportation, housing, food, and costs for textbooks, internet, or other program supplies. 
    • Barrier Removal – Growing Institutional Capacity: Funding to strengthen institutional systems to eliminate barriers for students struggling to meet their basic needs.
    • Reconnect Community Action Grants: Funding for community colleges working with county-wide governmental entities in community partnerships to grow college enrollment and support adults on their post-secondary journeys.

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