University-Community Student Success Partnerships

USU's Collaborative Opportunity Grants work to advance student success, degree completion, and community transformation. Institutions awarded Collaborative Opportunity Grants undertake a variety of nascent reforms touching virtually every aspect of the student experience to establish the environment necessary for students to thrive. All Collaborative Opportunity Grants projects must align with at least one of five priority investment areas: strengthening the K‐16 pipeline; rethinking financial aid; engaging faculty; partnering with employers and workforce organizations; leveraging community assets.

All projects in the Collaborative Opportunity Grant program must center on a collaboration between a public university and an external organization such as another university, community colleges, school districts or local governments.

The first four institutions selected for Collaborative Opportunity Grants with work currently underway are the California State University, Northridge; Georgia State University; the University of California, Riverside; and the University of Memphis. These institutions’ projects focus on: improving high school students’ access to, enrollment in, and retention within the university; examining the climate of social justice and inclusion on campus to understand its effects on student success; integrating and scaling community service, service‐learning, and internship opportunities for students to advance learning while addressing the community’s most urgent needs; and introducing the use of credit‐by‐exam, adaptive learning, and experiential learning to reduce required credits and costs for adult students. Another eight Collaborative Opportunity Grants awarded to different institutions will be announced in the near future.