NJCU is among six colleges that are part of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) to be selected to participate in the Frontier Set, a project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to identify successful strategies to improve graduation rates, especially for low-income, first generation, and students of color.
The Frontier Set brings together 31 institutions and support partners representing the diversity of higher education around ambitious goals for student success through institutional transformation. The Frontier Set is composed of state systems, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Association of Public and Land-grant Universities’ Coalition of Urban Serving Universities, and University Innovation Alliance members. Sites joining in 2017 include community colleges partnering with the Aspen Institute, and four-year, regional, comprehensive universities partnering with AASCU.
AASCU received a $6 million grant to work with a cohort of six high-potential, regional, comprehensive AASCU member institutions that are already integrating evidence-based solutions and showing significant improvement in their credentialing productivity – transforming key aspects of their educational and business models.