Grant Opportunity for Bringing Together Community Members

Welcoming America, American Immigration Council, and a growing number of national organizations are working together to help activate America’s welcoming spirit and move us towards a more inclusive future. Recognizing that it takes all of us working together to strengthen a social norm around inclusion and unleash our communities’ greatest potential, this long-term campaign will begin by working in three pilot communities that will test out new collaborations and new strategies that bring together community members from different backgrounds in a spirit of a neighbor-helping-neighbor, or Do-It-Together. Pilot communities will receive a six-month, $15,000 seed grant; direct coaching and technical assistance; and national recognition for successful efforts. This opportunity is open to urban, suburban, and rural communities alike. Please click here for a copy of the full RFP. Proposals are due July 18.


TEXANN Conference Registration Opens July 1st

Get ready for the 2020 Annual TEXAAN Conference, “Navigating the Changing Tides of Academic Advising.” This year the conference will be held at the Pearl, South Padre Island. Conference registration opens July 1st.


Accelerating Latino Student Success (ALASS) Institute Occurs in October


The ALASS Institute is a day-long Institute that provides the opportunity to learn from innovative professionals, share effective institutional strategies, powerful analysis, and exchange experiences using results-oriented solutions to accelerating Latino student success.

The featured session at the Leadership Luncheon is the “Role of Institutional Leaders for Latino Student Success.” Colleges and universities serve as the training ground for the future workforce and civic leadership of this country. During this year’s ALASS Leadership Luncheon leaders will share their perspectives about intentionally shaping campus learning environments to better SERVE Latino students while preparing all students to thrive in 2020 and beyond. Speakers include

Irma Becerra, President, Marymount University

Monte Perez, President, Los Angeles Mission College

Diana Natalicio, President, The University of Texas at El Paso

Moderator:  Sarita Brown, President, Excelencia in Education






Report Provides Best Practices for Financial Literacy

On June 14, the U.S. Department of the Treasury released a report on behalf of the Financial Literacy and Education Commission (FLEC).  The reportBest Practices for Financial Literacy and Education at Institutions of Higher Education, provides recommendations for higher education institutions to deliver effective financial literacy education and resources to help students make informed decisions and avoid pitfalls associated with financing education. Read more.

Report presents “The Condition of Education 2019”

On May 22, the National Center for Education Statistics released The Condition of Education 2019, a congressionally mandated report to the country on education in America today.  The report presents 48 indicators under four areas: pre-primary, elementary, and secondary education; postsecondary education; population characteristics and economic outcomes; and international comparisons.

For a snapshot of key information, check out the “At a Glance” and “Highlights” links.

Dept. of Education Releases HSIs Grant Opportunities

The Department has released two funding opportunities for Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs).

More information on HSIs grant programs can be found here.

TX Public Higher Education Almanac Highlights Progress Toward 60x30TX Goals


The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) launched its ninth annual Texas Public Higher Education Almanac today as part of the agency’s efforts to promote transparency and accountability among Texas public institutions of higher education. The 2019 Almanac provides higher education facts and performance data that allow users to compare Texas public higher education institutions. The data provide a snapshot of Texas’ progress in achieving goals of the state’s higher education plan, 60x30TX. The Almanac draws from data in the agency’s accountability system -- long recognized as a “best practice” national model for higher education performance data. “The 2019 Higher Education Almanac shows where we stand today in meeting the 60x30TX goals,” said Commissioner of Higher Education Raymund Paredes. “As the data on developmental education and college readiness starkly demonstrate, Texas has some tough numbers to overcome if the state is to reach our goals. But there is ample justification for optimism. The Texas legislature is considering major reforms for K-12 education that would significantly improve college readiness and encourage more high school graduates to enroll in our public colleges and universities. For all our challenges, Texas is on track to achieve the goals of 60x30TX.” The THECB and the Texas Higher Education Foundation would like to thank all those who dedicated their time, effort and resources to produce this year’s almanac. Investment in both the almanac and the website reflects a continued commitment to help ensure data-driven policy discussions and decisions in Texas.



Institute on Project-Based Learning Draws on 40 Years of Experience


The Institute on Project-Based Learning will be held at Worcester Polytechnic Institute on Tuesday, June 18, through Friday, June 21. The Institute on Project-Based Learning draws on over 40 years of experience integrating project-based initiatives into undergraduate education including classroom projects in a wide range of disciplines, projects in the first year, major capstone projects, and community-based projects. Project-based learning offers students real-world opportunities to research issues, think critically, gain new perspectives, solve problems, and develop written and oral communication skills all within the framework of a team environment and guided by engaged and involved faculty. 

The institute is designed for faculty and administrators from a wide variety of institutions—including public, private, liberal arts, STEM, community colleges, and research universities—who are interested in learning about project education and advancing plans to integrate learnings into their own undergraduate curricula.

Download the 2019 brochure.

NCAN National Conference to Be Held in September

Equity and OpportunityThis year’s conference takes place Sept. 16 -18  in Indianapolis, IN. The major topics of discussion will be:

  • Postsecondary Access and Readiness
  • Student Success in Postsecondary Education
  • Policy and Advocacy
  • Connecting College and Career Success
  • Data into Practice
  • Financial Aid and Literacy
  • Management, Leadership, and Organizational Strategy 

For a detailed description of each topic, as well as this year’s hot topics, click here. Conference sessions will be presented in two formats: effective practice sessions and world café sessions. Click here to learn more  about these two formats.

New Curriculum Available for Instructors

Everyone Can Create teaches students to develop and communicate ideas through video, photography, music, and drawing. And it gives teachers fun and meaningful ways to bring these skills into any lesson, topic, or assignment. Check it out at

U.S. Department of Education Grant Calls for Grant Applications

The U.S. Department of Education issued a call for applications for the following grant program:


U of Wisconsin-Whitewater Fellowship Program Seeks Applications

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Inclusive Excellence Fellowship Program seeks applications from scholars, artists and educators who can contribute significantly to UW-Whitewater’s Inclusive Excellence initiatives. The IE Fellowship Program supports the university’s commitment to fostering greater understanding of individual, societal and group differences at every level of university life. Fellows play a crucial role in intentionally integrating those differences into the core aspects of the institution. The Fellowship Program offers a unique opportunity to work in a university environment that is committed to creating learning environments in which students of all backgrounds can thrive, and one that demands that the ideals of inclusion, equity, diversity and excellence be pursued as interconnected and interdependent goals. The Fellowship Program is open to all individuals who are academic or creative professionals and who have completed a terminal degree within the last five years or who will have completed a terminal degree by the beginning of fall classes.  "All but dissertation" candidates will be considered on a case-by-case basis; for ABD Fellows, degree completion requirements will be outlined at the time offer. Applicants must be able to demonstrate a commitment to their academic field as well as a commitment to the principles of inclusive excellence. For more information go to


Texas Affordable Baccalaureate Grant Program Requests Proposals


The College for All Texans Foundation is soliciting proposals from Texas postsecondary institutions to develop and implement new Texas Affordable Baccalaureate (TAB) programs. The TAB is an innovative model and bold solution for many challenges facing higher education. First-generation, underprepared, low-income, and working adult students, all part of higher education’s “new normal,” need non-traditional and affordable postsecondary options. The TAB program is designed to deliver just that. Through a combination of competency-based and traditional courses, online and in-person instruction, and alternative low-cost tuition structures, TAB offers an accessible bachelor’s degree that can save students thousands of dollars and semesters of time.

Visit the College For All Texans Foundation web page for more information on how to submit a proposal for funding



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