EVC Awarded $2 Million Innovation in Higher Education Grant
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EVC Awarded $2 Million Innovation in Higher Education Grant

(San Jose, Calif.) — Evergreen Valley College (EVC), has been awarded a $2 million state grant from the Committee on Awards for Innovation in Higher Education. The Innovation in Higher Education grant program was developed in order to better support innovations at colleges across the state that reduce the time it takes students to complete degrees and certificates, reduce the total cost of attendance for students, or both.

EVC, along with Ellucian Company LP, its technology partner on the grant application, was awarded for the college's "Innovate Evergreen" proposal, which will further personalize individual student learning pathways in order to meet the diverse needs and expectations of 21st Century students.

"Evergreen Valley College shares the state's commitments to affordable education, reduced time to graduation, and improved student success," said EVC President Henry Yong.

The "Innovate Evergreen" proposal calls for implementing Competency Based Education in EVC's Computer & Information Technology certificate program in order to demonstrate its utility in achieving the desired goals, and then replicating the project at San José City College.

"The grant will help our students by utilizing technology to provide extra support outside of the classroom," said EVC Dean for Business and Workforce Development Lena Tran. "The online platform that we use allows learning to take place whenever it is most convenient for the student."

The Committee on Awards for Innovation in Higher Education awarded the most promising proposed innovations, with EVC being one of just 11 of 42 applicants to receive the maximum award. This year's awards recognized districts and colleges that proposed innovative programs designed to:

    • ​Redesign curriculum and instruction, such as the implementation of three-year bachelor's degrees.
    • Allow students to make progress toward completion of degrees and credentials based on their demonstration of knowledge and competencies, including skills acquired through military training, prior learning, and prior experiences.
    • Create programs that make college more affordable by making financial aid and other supports and services more accessible, including by increasing the number of students who apply for these programs, or by reducing the costs of books and supplies.

When making awards, the committee considered a variety of innovations, but gave preference to proposals that showed promise in improving outcomes for students from groups that are historically underrepresented in higher education, and proposals that use technology in ways that are not common in higher education.

"I extend my congratulations to all of the winning districts and colleges for earning this prestigious and well-deserved award," said California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley. "Boosting completion rates and reducing college costs are among the highest priorities for all three higher education systems in California. The schools recognized today are leading the way when it comes to making these twin goals a reality for this state."

A committee consisting of the state's director of finance, four members selected by Gov. Jerry Brown, an appointee of the state Senate Committee on Rules and an appointee of the Speaker of the state Assembly reviewed the applications and selected the winning campuses.


About Evergreen Valley College

Park-like Evergreen Valley College opened in 1975 and is located in southeast San José, near the foot of the Diablo Mountain range at the intersection of Yerba Buena and San Felipe Roads. In 2016, EVC celebrated the grand openings of the Automotive Technology Building, Central Green in the center of campus for better social interaction and connectivity to various buildings, the Math, Science, and Social Science (MS3) Building, Fitness Center, and the Veterans Freedom Center.

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