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Concurrent Enrollment Course Development and Program Expansion

The Minnesota Office of Higher Education is currently accepting proposals for concurrent enrollment course development and program expansion.

The Minnesota 2015 higher education omnibus bill provided $225,000 for each year of the biennium to support grants for development of new concurrent enrollment courses that satisfy the elective standard for career and technical education. In addition, $115,000 was provided for each year of the biennium to support grants to postsecondary institutions currently sponsoring a concurrent enrollment course to expand existing programs. Funds not spent during the first year of the biennium may be carried over to the second year.

Eligible grant applicants are Minnesota postsecondary institutions accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships. FY 2017 projects will be funded through June 30, 2017. The deadline for receipt of proposals is 4:30 pm on Thursday, October 13, 2016.

A technical assistance session for interested applicants will be held on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 from 10:00 am until noon at the Office of Higher Education. A listing of Frequently Asked Questions about the grant program will be posted on Fridays on a weekly basis through October 7, 2016.

For questions about the Minnesota Concurrent Enrollment Grant Program, contact Nancy B. Walters, Ph.D., Program Manager at or (651) 259-3907.

Equity in Education and Job Connection Grant Program

Deadline date for submitting applications is September 26, 2016 - 4:30 p.m.

The Minnesota Office of Higher Education (OHE) is currently accepting proposals to improve outcomes for historically underrepresented college students in attendance, retention, completion, and the obtaining of gainful employment after graduation. Grants will be awarded to Minnesota state colleges and universities, along with private organization programs that help the state reach the legislatively-set 70 percent postsecondary attainment goal (Minnesota Statutes, section 135A.012), which aims to close all racial disparities in postsecondary attainment.

2015-16 Minnesota Laws Chapter 189 provided $480,000 to support equity in higher education grants. This gives OHE the ability to fund 2 to 3 applicants. Funded proposals must focus on increasing attendance, retention, and graduation rates for historically underrepresented college students served by the equity grant. Proposals for the grant may be submitted by postsecondary institutions under the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system or private organizations. Postsecondary institutions under the University of Minnesota system and private postsecondary institutions are not eligible to apply.

OHE will award grants to MnSCU institutions and private organizations that will aid them in in providing best practice services that improve attendance, retention, completion, and gainful employment outcomes. To make the improvements, institutions and organizations must provide a service under, but not limited to, the following categories:

  • Social and Campus Integration
  • Services that Promote Long-Term Academic Success
  • Appropriately structured developmental education
  • Expanding paid internships that directly relate to degree programs

Prospective applicants with questions regarding this request for application may contact Shaun Williams-Wyche at:

Shaun Williams-Wyche, Ph.D.
Program Manager
Minnesota Office of Higher Education

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