Areas of Focus
America’s almost 1,200 community colleges offer students affordable tuition, open admission policies, and convenient locations. Historically, they have been particularly important for students who are older, working, need remedial classes, or can only take classes part-time. As community college enrollment evolves, there is a need to better understand the role community colleges play in supporting students beyond their academic pursuits.
TYR conducted an intensive one-year study to increase the capacity for community colleges in the U.S. to provide students in recovery the support and skills necessary to help them successfully obtain, transition to, or reclaim desired life and academic pursuits.
This study indicated that we do not yet know enough about what it takes to effectively support students in recovery on a community college campus beyond their academic pursuits and need to learn more in order to build national capacity in this area. As a result, TYR is launching a pilot grant program to learn what happens when schools initiate funded capacity building efforts on their campuses.
The Bridging the Gap pilot grant program will be conducted during the 2016-2017 academic year with grants awarded to 25 pilot schools. Approximately 6 schools will receive the grants and partner with TYR in intensive technical assistance and research activities including site visits and facilitated community mapping efforts. 19 additional grants will be given to schools which will participate in minimal research activities and receive less intensive technical assistance from TYR. The Bridging the Gap grant program will begin in Fall 2017 using findings from the pilot grant program to inform grants being offered to an additional 75 community colleges nationwide (for a total of 100 community college grantees) by Fall 2019. To apply for a Bridging the Gap pilot grant, click the purple button below.