Equity Transfer Initiative
The Equity Transfer Initiative (ETI) is a partnership between community colleges and universities to advance transfer pathways and align them to increase completion for underrepresented student populations. The ETI aims to serve 6,000 students from underrepresented groups over the two-year project period and is funded by ECMC Foundation and Ascendium Education Group. This project is led by USU/APLU Executive Director & Vice President of Urban Initiatives, Dr. Ashlie Prioleau.
The Association of Public & Land-grant Universities and the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (APLU & USU) launched the Equity Transfer Initiative project at the end of 2020 with the AACC (American Association of Community Colleges-lead) and AASCU (American Association of State Colleges and Universities). The project is aimed to support a cohort of university-community college partnerships in building and expanding career-centered pathways to a four-year degree and a job, with a focus on minoritized students.
The two-year ETI awards up to $27,500 to partnerships between community and four-year colleges to advance transfer pathways and align them to increase transfer and completion for underrepresented student populations. The goal of the ETI is to serve 6,000 students from the identified underrepresented groups over the two-year project period. Each team must place at least 100 students on one of five identified transfer pathways by the end of the first year and 300 or more total by the end of the second year.
The participating USU members include the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Oklahoma State University – Tulsa, Cleveland State University, Wayne State University, and the University of Colorado Denver.
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