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ACI Among Three Organizations Awarded Grant Aimed at Improving Four-Year Degree Completion Rates for Community College Transfer Students

ACI to collaborate with Illinois Community College Board and Illinois Board of Higher Education

ACI, the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) and the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) were awarded a $25,000 planning grant to conduct research and develop an implementation plan to help more community college transfer students earn bachelor’s degrees at ACI-affiliated colleges and universities.


The Teagle Foundation, New York City, and the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, awarded the planning grant, called “Transfer Pathways to the Liberal Arts.” Collaborative research and planning work is expected to begin July 1 and be completed at the end of the 2021 calendar year.


“We’re excited about the grant award and this initial phase to build enrollment and financial support for community college transfer students,” said Mick Weltman, ACI executive director. “We’re also pleased to collaborate with statewide partners such as ICCB and IBHE in this planning effort.”



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