Funding Opportunity

Rigorous Impact Evaluations of Student Success Programs and Practices in Higher Education

Funding Application Due Date: 12/31/23

Opportunity Description

Arnold Ventures is a nonpartisan philanthropy whose core mission is to invest in evidence-based solutions that maximize opportunity and minimize injustice. The Higher Education initiative seeks to identify and scale effective practices that improve student success and address equity gaps in higher
education. Even as access to higher education has significantly expanded, we still struggle to help students complete their credentials and secure a strong return on their investments. Colleges need sound evidence to identify ways to support students’ financial, social, and academic needs.

This Request for Proposals seeks grant applications to conduct rigorous impact evaluations of programs and practices (“interventions”) to promote college success in the United States that fall into one of three tiers:

  • The intervention is backed by promising prior evidence suggesting it could produce sizable impacts on important student success outcomes (e.g., student learning, persistence, degree or certificate completion, job placement, post-college earnings, and debt burden);
  • The intervention is widely adopted in practice, but has not yet been rigorously evaluated and its impacts on key student success outcomes are thus largely unknown; or
  • The intervention is growing in use and likely to become widely adopted, but has not yet been rigorously evaluated.

Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis.

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