Our Initiatives

Next Generation Learning Challenges Research Study
(Supported by EDUCAUSE, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,
and the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation)

On June 19, 2012, Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC), an initiative dedicated to improving college readiness and completion, announced that New Charter University was selected as the winner of a $300,000 grant. The NGLC Wave IIIB grant competition was designed to spotlight innovative delivery models in higher education that have the potential to generate high student outcomes at an affordable cost.  The goal is to fuel educational innovation and leverage technology to catalyze widespread improvement in college readiness and completion in the United States.

This announcement represents the second of three cycles of funding in NGLC’s $12 million third wave of investment, which is focused on comprehensive, “breakthrough” models for improving college readiness and completion rates in the U.S. Wave III targets institutions and organizations launching new instructional models that incorporate technology to personalize students’ learning experiences, supported by business models that can support sustainable expansion and adoption plans.

In partnership with its collaborators — EDUCAUSE, the League for Innovation in the Community College, iNACOL, CCSSO, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation — NGLC is an initiative dedicated to addressing barriers to educational innovation and tapping into the potential of technology to dramatically improve college readiness and completion in the United States.

NGLC’s goal is to connect like-minded innovators and provide support for the many potentially breakthrough solutions that are being developed and tested by educators, institutions, technologists, and entrepreneurs. According to Andrew Calkins, Deputy Director of NGLC, “We believe these models will be broadly applicable across secondary and post-secondary education… Our goal is to support, test, and refine these comprehensive next generation learning approaches; collect evidence of what works; and then help others adopt those models to improve student success, access, and affordability. A key enabler of all the models is technology.”

Studying the effectiveness of New Charter University’s online, self-paced, outcomes-based platform – alongside traditional and blended models of delivering education – represents an opportunity to stimulate the development of new, next generation online and blended education programs that lead to an Associate or Bachelor’s degree.

UniversityNow is honored by the recognition and looks forward to the opportunity to work with NGLC and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop strategies to broaden our reach and impact in the industry.