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MnSCU receives grant

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Foundation has been awarded a $330,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to improve student success and performance of postsecondary institutions.

The grant will support a partnership, the Action Analytics in Education Partnership, among the Minnesota States Colleges and Universities and several national organizations to advance "action analytics," a cutting-edge approach that collects and analyzes data linked to student performance.

The partnership includes the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system; Capella University; The Shank Institute for Innovative Learning, and a think tank that focuses on future technology and learning; and Strategic Initiative, Inc., a developmental consulting firm.

The grant will be used to establish a repository of best practices for improving student readiness and retention; identify new skills in data analytics; organize a community of analytics practitioners and host two national symposia.