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21-Sep-11The Assessment of the Disengaged Adults Returning to College Program: An Evaluation Of DARC I And DARC II Institutions
[pdf - 603 Kb]
Prepared by:
Daniel Bausch, Sean Cavanaugh, Nicole Corre, David Drescher
Jessica Godofsky, Rob Houston, Megan Milhisler & Hannah Walker
ADVISEMENT OF:
Carl Van Horn, PH.D.
MAY 11, 2011

The Assessment of the Disengaged Adults Returning to College Program [pdf-306Kb]
Prepared For: The New Jersey Commission on Higher Education
Prepared By: Jason Toedter, Laura Montas, Shannon O’Hare, and William Gayle
Advisement Of: Dr. Carl Van Horn
May 5, 2010


Overview:

Increasing the numbers of New Jersey students who return to college to complete their degrees is a goal with a large return on investment, for institutions of higher education, for the state’s educated workforce, for the business community, and most importantly for the individual who can now qualify for a better job or a promotion based on the achievement of this important credential. To this end, the Commission on Higher Education intends to fund not-for-profit New Jersey institutions of higher education to identify, contact, re-enroll, and graduate adults who have left New Jersey colleges in good standing but without earning the intended associate’s or bachelor’s degree.

The target population for the grant is adults, aged 20 and older, who left a New Jersey institution within the past 10 years (since 2000), in good standing, without earning an undergraduate degree. They should have earned at least 50% of credits toward a degree.

The “Disengaged Adults Returning to College” Grant Program is funded by a three-year federal grant. The purpose of the program is to create and grow programs that could be self-sustaining after a potential two-year grant cycle.
Announcement of Awards, Disengaged Adults Returning to College Grant

The Commission on Higher Education would like to announce grant awards to the following four institutions as a result of the Request for Proposals for the Disengaged Adults Returning to College (DARC) Grant. The amount listed is for the first project period, June 15, 2009-June 30, 2010:

  • Mercer County Community College $74,185
  • Passaic County Community College $74,681
  • Rider University $75,000
  • William Paterson University $75,000

The grant process was highly competitive with 21 institutions submitting proposals.

Disengaged Adults Returning to College Grant II

July 14, 2010 - The Commission on Higher Education would like to announce grant awards to the following four institutions as a result of the Request for Proposals for the Disengaged Adults Returning to College (DARC) II Grant.

The amount listed is for the first project period, July 1, 2010 - June 30, 2011:

  • Cumberland County College $75,000
  • Middlesex County College $75,000
  • Ocean County College $75,000
  • Sussex County Community College $75,000

22-Nov-11Disengaged Adults Returning to College Grant III

As part of the federally funded College Access Challenge Grant, the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education (OSHE) intends to fund a third cohort of projects through the Disengaged Adults Returning to College (DARC) initiative. The funded projects will identify, contact, re-enroll, and graduate adults who have left New Jersey colleges in good standing but without earning the intended associate’s or bachelor’s degree. The target population for the grant is adults, aged 20 and older, who left a New Jersey institution within the past 10 years (since 2002), in good standing, without earning an undergraduate degree. They should have earned at least 50% of credits toward a degree.

Not-for-profit, non-religious New Jersey institutions of higher education who have not previously received DARC funding are eligible to apply. The anticipated grant cycle for funded projects is two years but dependent upon continued federal funding and satisfactory progress made by the project. The first year of funding, FY2013, will begin July 1, 2012 and end June 30, 2013. The second year of funding, FY2014, runs July 1, 2013 thru June 30, 2014.

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