WASHINGTON—The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) today (July 14) announced Georgia State University as one of seven institutions selected to participate in a three-year project to personalize learning and improve undergraduate education through adoption of adaptive courseware.
Georgia State will receive $515,000 as part of a grant to adopt, implement and scale the use of adaptive courseware in high-enrollment courses to improve student success.
"The grant will allow us to affect tens of thousands of students every year by integrating new technologies into their courses,” said Dr. Tim Renick, vice provost and vice president for enrollment management and student success at Georgia State.
“With these changes, students will be able to get personalized, immediate feedback on their work during every class session.”
Georgia State is a nationally recognized model in student success initiatives, achieving one of the most dramatic graduation rate increases in the nation and helping to eliminating the graduation rate gap among students of different racial and economic backgrounds. The university is leading several national efforts to spread bring its success to other institutions.
APLU’s Personalized Learning Consortium (PLC) is overseeing the grants, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to the cohort of seven public institutions. Arizona State University, Colorado State University, Northern Arizona University, Oregon State University, Portland State University, and the University of Mississippi were all named as participants.
APLU intends to use its national network to scale the most promising findings and practices of the seven grantees to help its more than 200 public research university members across the country better meet the education needs of today’s undergraduate students.
The grant is the latest in a series of high-profile grants related to student success. In September, the U.S. Department of Education awarded Georgia State, in partnership with the University Innovation Alliance (UIA), a grant of $8.9 million as part of the department’s First in the World program to drive innovation and keep higher education within reach for all Americans.