The HBCU Digital Learning Infrastructure Initiative is a first-of-its-kind partnership that seeks to understand the unique digital approach of HBCUs and share their approach with colleges and universities across the country. This work will examine the role of technology in creating learning environments where Black students succeed and find purpose, momentum, structure, and support on the journey to a degree—especially in a post COVID-19 world where new modes of delivery are in high demand.

Complete College America is inviting HBCUs interested in participating to apply to be one of 5-6 universities who will share $1.5M in total grant funding. As partners in this work, selected HBCUs will co-design a collaborative research process to surface insights from their institution as well as their peers. To support this effort, CCA will also convene an advisory committee of institutional, technology, and subject-matter experts, including leaders from other minority serving institutions. This initiative will also share learnings with similar projects and investments happening at the intersection of educational equity and innovation. More information on this project, including the process for getting involved, can be found at https://completecollege.org/hbcu-dli.

Project Goals 
  • Explore the historical digital blueprint of HBCU success—and share our findings for the betterment of higher education everywhere.
  • Support the development of equitable digital learning infrastructure that meets the needs of minoritized learners in increasingly hybrid and online learning spaces.
  • Co-design a long-term strategy for driving Black academic success at HBCUs and colleges and universities throughout the country.
  • Elevate new models for innovations in the midst of resources constraints and rapid change, informed by the success and resilience of HBCUs.
Deadline to submit: November 12, 2021 

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* Is your institution a Historically Black College/University (HBCU) as defined by the Higher Education Act of 1965? 

Higher Education Act of 1965 defines an HBCU as “any historically Black college or university that was established prior to 1964, whose principal mission was, and is the education of Black Americans, and that is accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or association determined by the Secretary of Education."

Institutional Overview
The following questions are intended to assist in developing a broad understanding of the goals, needs and existing resources on your campus related to student success. The brief responses should provide context for this initiative within the current institutional priorities around student success.

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* Is a digital experience part of your long-term strategic plans (limited, hybrid, targeted programs or populations)?

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* Why do you want to participate in this project?

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* What aspects of your current digital learning initiatives or projects might be helpful in informing a larger DLI strategy for HBCUs?

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* Please identify 3 goals that you would like to accomplish by the conclusion of this project.

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* How does your HBCU define student success on your campus? If applicable, please link to student success mission and/or vision.

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* What student information system is used on your campus (Banner, PeopleSoft, Jenzabar, etc)?

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* What learning management system is used on your campus (Blackboard, Canvas, Moodle, etc)?

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* What other campus-wide student engagement technology tools are used (CampusLabs, Presence, etc)?

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* Do you have a predictive analytics system? (EAB, Starfish, etc)?

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* Do you have a degree auditing system?

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* Is your institution participating in the Postsecondary Data Partnership?

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* Please check which CCA Strategies have been successfully implemented at your institution?

Commitment & Expectations

HBCU agrees to perform the following functions:
 
  • Designate a DLI Co-Design Project Lead; 
  • DLI Co-Design Partner Project Lead will be responsible for attending all DLI meetings, workshops, and related events (virtual or face-to-face), collect and share related data and artifacts, as well as engage with campus stakeholders to gather input throughout the project;  
  • Fully engage the DLI “Co-design” process (November 2021 – March 2022); 
  • Provide continuous feedback and assist in the development of related presentations, reports, curriculum design, and process to assist in DLI process implementation, as well as digital infrastructure sustainability; 
  • Work with Complete College America in any way to assure success of the DLI Initiative. 

Complete College America agrees to perform the following functions: 
  • Coordinate all DLI Initiative planning (meetings, activities, and events – virtual or face-to-face);   
  • Provide necessary project support to DLI Co-design Partners; 
  • Provide HBCU DLI Co-design Partners with financial support for DLI implementation totaling $1.5M.

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* With support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the HBCU below would like to participate in the HBCU Digital Learning Infrastructure Project and support the initiative’s goals and commitments.

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* President or Chancellor Name

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* Project Lead

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* Title/Campus Role at HBCU

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Project Launch
If selected as a participating institution, the Project Lead must attend the virtual HBCU Cohort Kick-Off Meeting on November 30, 2021 at 3:00pm ET.
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