American Public University System (APUS) (NASDAQ: APEI) today announced that it has been awarded part of a $250,000 grant from Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) as a member of the Open Academic Analytics Initiative (OAAI).
Designed and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates and William & Flora Hewlett Foundations, NGLC is focused on identifying and scaling technology-enabled approaches to dramatically improve college readiness and completion, especially for low-income young adults, in the United States.
The OAAI consortium, led by Marist College, also includes Cerritos College, College of the Redwoods, Howard University and Savannah State University. It will collaborate on technical work, pilot activities, and exploratory research in support of the Sakai learning management system. In addition, APUS will continue to work with IBM on local Sakai implementation, according to APUS Scholar-in-Residence and former Provost Dr. Frank McCluskey.
About Next Generation Learning Challenges
NGLC focuses on identifying and scaling technology-enabled approaches to dramatically improve college readiness and completion by addressing a continuum of interrelated issues spanning secondary and postsecondary education from grades 6 through college. NGLC is led by EDUCAUSE in partnership with The League for Innovation in the Community College, the International Association of K-12 Online Learning, and the Council of Chief State School Officers. In addition to funding, NGLC is gathering evidence about effective practices, and working to develop a community dedicated to these persistent challenges. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation helped design the Next Generation Learning Challenges, and fund the initiative.