The Indiana Commission for Higher Education (CHE), in partnership with the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE), utilized federal CARES Act funding to award $428,973 to 20 college, university and community partners to support the high school graduating class of 2021 as they transition to college. Huntington University (HU) received $24,999.
The Summer/Fall 2021 Learning Support Grant aims to help recent graduates who may have experienced learning loss due to school closures and the transition to online learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant will support collaborative efforts that focus on preparing students to be successful in college, especially those who are most vulnerable to learning loss.
HU plans to provide equity to low-income families and families that have been financially impacted by COVID-19 by allowing them to participate, without adding any additional burden, in Resource Connection. Participating students will be given access to resources and a framework to be successful in both the short and long term.
“After a challenging year for learners, it’s critical for recent high school graduates to have innovative support programs in place to set them up for success as they transition to postsecondary education,” said Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers. “Low-income, and Black and Hispanic students are less likely to meet early college success benchmarks, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated these achievement gaps.”
The grants support opportunities for the following:
Following the model of the Tennessee Tutoring Corps, stipends will be allocated for current college-aged students to tutor graduating high school seniors.
College boot camp
Happening either virtually or in-person, “boot camp” activities will help students catch up and prepare for college-level coursework.
Transitional programming is geared toward easing the transition from high school to college.
Other Summer/Fall 2021 Learning Support Grant recipients are as follows:
• Ball State University – $18,339.
• EDGE 21 – $24,999.
• Employ Indy – $15,800.
• Goshen College – $24,623.25.
• Holy Cross College – $15,100.
• Indiana Latino Institute – $24,999.
• Indiana Wesleyan University – $24,999.
• Indiana University Kokomo – $21,688.
• Indiana University Northwest – $24,998.
• Indiana University Southeast – $24,680.
• Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) – $21,688.
• Marian University – $22,598.
• Shakamak High School – $8,004.93.
• STARTedUP – $24,999.
• Taylor University – $24,999.
• Trine University – $24,999.
• University of Evansville – $9,600.
• University of Indianapolis – $23,230.
• Valparaiso University – $23,631.
For a list of program summaries the grants are supporting, visit learnmoreindiana.org.
The Commission has compiled a list of the state’s public, private and proprietary institution webpages, as well as guidance on COVID-19 and more at in.gov/che.