Fund for Excellence and Innovation
Overview: The Fund for Excellence and Innovation was established during the 2016 General Assembly session to focus on two primary activities: (1) to stimulate collaborations among public school divisions, community colleges
and universities and to expand affordable student pathways and (2) to pursue shared services and other efficiency initiatives at colleges and universities that lead to measureable cost reductions. In 2021, SCHEV published Pathways to Opportunity: The Virginia Plan for Higher Education.
The Plan describes a vision for Virginia to be the “Best State for Education.” In order to realize that vision, the Commonwealth must raise its educational attainment to 70% for 25- to 64-year-olds by 2030. In the Plan, the SCHEV
Council established three goals for higher education: equitable, affordable, and transformative.
Spring 2022: This first competition under the new Virginia Plan is focused on one part of the Equitable goal: to remove barriers to attainment, especially for Black, Hispanic, Native American and rural students; students learning English
as a second language; students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds; and students with disabilities. This competition is inspired by the University Innovation Alliance, a national consortium committed
to increasing the number and diversity of college graduates.
Teams awarded a "Collaborative Equitable Attainment Grant" are expected to take a deep dive into the student data for at least two Virginia institutions of higher education (at least one of which must be public); identify gaps in attainment for some or
all of the populations targeted by The Virginia Plan; use the resulting analysis and a methodology of their choice to find out what is and what is not serving students; conduct literature searches; design and conduct a pilot intervention to address
a chosen gap in attainment; and assess the impact of their efforts and share the results.
Please see full instructions for details.
An informational webinar was held on Monday, Jan. 24 at 2:00.