Partnerships for Adult Learner Success

Partnerships for Adult Learner Success Initiative (PALS) seeks to innovate and build more inclusive, agile, and comprehensive student success pathways and supports that center on adult learners of color. This grant will support a subset of our member institutions to focus specifically on Black, Latinx, and/or Indigenous adult learners. ​

Partnerships for Adult Learner Success Initiative (PALS) will provide $55,000 to each of 8 institutions over two years as they seek to innovate and build more inclusive, agile, and comprehensive student success pathways and supports that center on adult learners of color. USUs are often at the helm of innovative efforts to redesign traditional structures and curriculum to improve access and success for students of color and adult learners writ large. As such, this grant will support a subset of our member institutions to focus specifically on Black, Latinx, and/or Indigenous adult learners to achieve the following objectives:

Contribute to the knowledge base about the Black, Latinx, and/or Indigenous adult learners, articulating their assets and systemic barriers to success.

Engage urban universities and partner organizations (including employers) in cross-institutional, multi-disciplinary learning opportunities to increase institutional capacity for change while centering on the success of Black, Latinx, and/or Indigenous adult learners.

Build and disseminate an ecosystem/partnership model/framework for Black, Latinx, and/or Indigenous adult learner success.
-Critically examine deficit-based advising,(re)enrollment, and student support practices and frameworks.
-Incubate and pilot new equity-based student success approaches.
-Test existing models/promising practices that center on Black, Latinx, and/or Indigenous adult learners.

Grantees:
California State University, Los Angeles
California State University, Fresno
Florida International University
Portland State University
University of Colorado, Denver
University of Illinois, Chicago
University of Memphis
University of New Orleans

$400,000+

grants awarded to participating institutions over two years

APLU Press Release: APLU & USU Partner with Eight Public Urban Universities to Increase Student Success for Adult Learners of Color

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