Webinar Questions and Answers

What is the timeline for the grant activities? Is this a one-year grant or would grantees have more than one year to complete activities?

The grant is not for only one year, but the specific timeline is still being determined. There will be a final answer by the time that funds are disbursed.

Is the intent for us to be able to scale the practice on our campus and then share it more widely or to move only beyond our district to other districts or regions (or both)?

The intent of the award is to scale the program within your institution’s sphere of influence and reasonable authority, and then disseminate information about the program across at least one region, with a preference for statewide dissemination.

How is under-represented defined? How is this measured?

There is no specific measurement, but specific populations were highlighted by the legislation and preference will be given to innovations that best address those populations.

Do we need to address single, multiple, or all of the different populations listed?

It is not necessary to address all of the different populations listed, but a greater focus on different underrepresented groups will be a positive mark on an application.

Is it appropriate to have collaborative projects between a CSU and a community college (i.e. a mentoring program)?

Yes; it is encouraged to have collaborative projects between CSU and/or UC partners.

Will a college/district be allowed to win more than one award?

Yes, there is no restriction against a college/district winning multiple awards.

Could a business council, corporate partner, etc. be a partner in the grant?

Yes, if they are a partner in the innovation.

Is it okay for the innovation to currently be funded with another CCCCO grant (e.g. BSSOT)?

Yes, we recognize that many of these innovations were originally funded with categorical funds, and that is not a disqualifying characteristic.

Can the funds be used for new positions related to scaling the practice?

Yes, if new positions are necessary in order to scale the program within your institution’s sphere of influence.

Letter of Assurance - is the fiscal agent the President or CEO?

The intent of the Letter of Assurance is for the Chancellor’s Office to have reasonable assurance that an applicant institution has made their highest level financial manager aware of the application. Colleges and districts differ as to the specific title. The district financial leader is usually a Chancellor or Vice Chancellor of Finance, but could be a chief business officer, for example.

The goal of our program is to increase the number of Associate and Bachelor’s degrees for underrepresented students. Might we do activities to support our students once they have transferred to prevent attrition in the upper division, or is that outside the intent?

If the institutions have already been involved with the activities referred to and there is data that can make a case that the innovation is having a positive impact, and therefore a practice that should be scaled, then a case can be made in your application.

Can the money be used to expand an existing College Promise program? 

There is nothing that prevents this. The institution (or institutions) must make the case that the program solves a problem for the specific populations of students, that the implementation of the promise program has, at least in small scale, been successful at solving that problem and be scaleable for more students within the institution’s sphere of influence and reasonable authority. 

For question 5 of the application, should applicants specify (and justify) a specific amount? 

Yes, applicants should include an accurate estimate of cost.

As a noncredit institution within a district that offers Adult Secondary Education, we have innovated efforts that support transitions to CTE, credit colleges, as well as offering online courses and workforce outcomes. Would this be considered an innovation with the Higher Ed framework?

There is nothing that prevents your institution from following the questions in the application and making a case for an innovation. We recommend that you get clear about the problem being solved and for what population. Use data.



Amanda Estrada
Program Associate