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California Community Colleges 2017-18 Awards for Innovation in Higher EducationCalifornia community colleges and districts are invited to apply for the annual Awards for Innovation in Higher Education, which support breakthrough models to close the achievement gap for underrepresented students that can be applied statewide.

Awards in the amount of $1 million and $4 million will be used to help colleges or districts and their partners implement selected programs across the state. The deadline to apply is March 19. All California community colleges and districts are eligible to apply, even if they have won in the past.

The awards will support sites across many different communities that are in the process of scaling promising practices that align with the system goals illustrated in the Vision for Success. Chosen sites will be expected to continue scaling the innovation identified and work with the Chancellor's Office to disseminate that promising practice for the benefit of other sites.

The legislation directs the Board of Governors to give preference to innovations that:

  • Incorporate technology to improve instruction and support services
  • May encourage partnership between the community college and other entities
  • Align with the Chancellor’s Vision for Success

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted, with the Letter of Assurance including the CEO/President's signature, by the application deadline. The Letter of Assurance signed by the chief executive officer of the college or district must include the signature of the fiscal agent, if that is different from the applicant. The fiscal agent is responsible for distributing funds to any participants in the application pursuant to any agreement between the participants.

The awards are funded by a $20 million one-time allocation in California’s 2017-18 budget. Winners will be announced on May 14, and disbursements of award amounts will be made on or before June 30. For more information about the Awards for Innovation in Higher Education, visit

Information provided by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office


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