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Higher Education in Maryland


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Governor Martin O’Malley set a statewide goal that 55% of adult Marylanders will hold an associate or bachelor’s degree by 2025. In support of this statewide goal, the College and Career Readiness and College Completion Act of 2013, was enacted. This statute creates a policy framework for improving college completion in Maryland. Likewise, the 2013-2017 State Plan for Postsecondary Education – Maryland Ready - established deliverables that include increasing college enrollments and completion. The Governor’s statewide completion goal, the College and Career Readiness and College Completion Act of 2013, and Maryland Ready inform the State’s newest completion focused competitive institutional grant program, the One Step Away State Grant Program (OSA). One Step Away provides funds to support public and independent nonprofit two- and four-year institutions’ efforts to identify, re-engage, re-enroll, and graduate near-completer students. Near-completers are students who have accumulated a significant number of the credits needed to earn an associate or bachelor’s degree, but have stopped out or dropped out before completing that degree. 

Purpose:  The purpose of the One Step Away State Grant Program is to increase college completion rates by providing associate and bachelor’s degree granting Maryland institutions with seed monies to identify, contact, re-enroll, and graduate near-completer students. Near-completers are those students who have earned 75% or more credits toward an associate or bachelor’s degree, or may have enough credits for an associate or bachelor’s degree, but have stopped-out or dropped-out for 12 months or longer without obtaining a degree.

Grant Applicant Eligibility: All accredited Maryland public and nonprofit independent two-year and four-year, associate and bachelor’s degree granting colleges and universities may apply.

Grant Period: July 14, 2014 through July 14, 2016 (24 months).

Award Amount: Up to $75,000 may be requested per institution dependent upon the scope of the project, and the number of anticipated near-completers. Seven or more awards are anticipated.

Institutional Match: Institutions must provide in-kind or matching funds in an amount equal to at least 1/3 of the total project cost

APPLICATIONS ARE DUE to MHEC on June 16, 2014 BY 4:00 P.M.
(1 original with signatures, 5 copies)

A Technical Assistance Webinar will be held on May 15, 2014, starting at 1:00 p.m. The power point presentation from the meeting will be posted to the website. Please RSVP to attend the webinar to bedwards@mhec.state.md.us

For more information refer to the RFP and application materials below or contact Melinda Vann at mvann@mhec.state.md.us

Application Materials:

FY 2014 ONE STEP AWAY Request for Application (docx)
FY 2014 Budget Summary Form (xlsx)

FY 2014 ONE STEP AWAY Request for Application (PDF)
FY 2014 Budget Summary Form (PDF)

FY 2013 ONE STEP AWAY Request for Application (docx)           
Budget Summary FY 13(xlsx)

FY 2013 ONE STEP AWAY Request for Application (pdf)                 
Budget Summary FY 13(pdf)

 FY 2013 Abstracts

FY 2013 Technical Assistance Webinar PowerPoint

 

 

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