Strada Education Network — Goal 2 Initiative $10 Million Beyond Completion Challenge
Strada Education Network believes all students deserve a quality education that helps them secure a good job, do work that is meaningful to them, contribute to their families and communities, and lead fulfilling lives.
The $10 million Beyond Completion Challenge partners with higher education institutions and provides vital funding to launch, test, and scale initiatives designed to ensure that students — especially people of color, first-generation students, and those who struggle to pay for their education — are positioned to succeed long after graduation.
The Challenge builds upon activities of the Taskforce on Higher Education and Opportunity — a collaboration among higher education leaders representing close to 100 institutions and 2.4 million students — to reimagine the future of higher education to address the disproportionate impact on students of color as well as first-generation students and those who struggle to pay for their education as a result of persistent education and workplace inequities, now exacerbated by the pandemic. The Challenge will provide select Taskforce schools with financial support to implement their initiatives focused on equitable outcomes beyond completion.
Key Interventions and Milestones
Phase 1: The Challenge will provide 15 institutions with a $250,000 innovation grant ($3 million total) by the end of 2021.
Phase 2: An additional $7 million in scaling grants will be awarded in 2022 to select institutions in the Taskforce to expand their work.
The types of proposals the Beyond Completion Challenge is seeking aim to help learners make the most of their education and improve their economic mobility by looking beyond educational access and completion to focus on the connections between education and careers. The Challenge seeks to achieve this by fostering partnerships between institutions and organizations to better connect what students are learning to what they will need to thrive in their careers and lives.