Mark Mone, Chancellor, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Chair


Through our collective work and dynamic thought leadership, we aim to drive a cultural and conversational shift that (1) reaffirms the value proposition of universities in the future of work through the democratization of access to higher education and (2) prepares learners to successfully navigate their careers through yet unknown technological, economic, and social change.

Current Funding Opportunity: Prototyping a 21st Century Curriculum-Request for Proposals (RFP) for Cohort 2 of the Collaborative Opportunity Grant (COG).

"Seeding Innovation for 21st Century Skills" identifies and scales collaborative projects that work to accelerate 21st Century skill acquisition with a particular interest in low-income undergraduate first time in college, and transfer students. The COG is a seed fund that invests $50,000 in emerging innovations that transform institutional practices, programs, policies, and culture to improve student success and college-to-career connections. The core of the initiative is that campus projects must engage deeply with an external partner(s) acknowledging the intersecting nature of institutional change to positively impacts the ways students obtain skills needed in the local labor market. This project is funded by the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation.

Please review the RFP for more information. Note that we will only consider one application per institution, and thus, a letter of support signed by your president or chancellor is required. Letters of Intent are due April 22; full applications are due May 27. Note, there is an optional information session on April 8, 2 pm Eastern. Please have interested parties RSVP directly to Christel ( for call-in information or any questions on this initiative.

Application Requirements

  • Must be a USU member institution

  • Must submit letter of intent by April 22

  • Must provide a president/chancellor letter of support in full proposal

  • Must submit full proposal by May 27



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