Completion Innovation Challenge
In August 2011, Complete College America awarded $10 million to 10 states through its inaugural Completion Innovation Challenge grant program with funding support by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The goal of the challenge was to inspire and enhance state efforts to significantly boost college completion and close attainment gaps for traditionally underrepresented populations.
CCA challenged all 50 governors to implement innovative, high-impact reforms essential to significantly boost student success and close attainment gaps for low income students and students of color. The 18-month implementation grants were awarded to states that produced the best plans to develop and deploy innovative, statewide strategies designed to substantially increase college completion.
The winning states, selected by a panel of outside higher education experts from among 33 applicants, were Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia.
Please click on a state below to explore a detailed summary of that state's winning proposal (PDF files):