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ASU awarded $1M national pathways grant

April 08, 2010

Arizona State University has been awarded a $1 million national grant to increase the number of transfer students to ASU from in-state community colleges.

The grant comes from The Kresge Foundation, which will fund a project called “Creating Seamless Transfer Pathways Among Arizona Postsecondary Education Institutions.” The project has been funded for $1 million over a three-year period and continues through March 2013.

“One of our primary goals is to assist students in attaining an associate degree and then transferring successfully to obtaining a bachelor’s degree,” said Elizabeth Capaldi, ASU provost and executive vice president. “Arizona faces the challenge of building the educated work force we need to strengthen the economy, and through this grant we are able to provide community colleges important tools that have helped students succeed at ASU.”

The goal is to increase the number of students transferring to ASU from Arizona community colleges, making the transfer process more individualized and understandable, by improving technology and communication tools. The new tools will allow students to easily upload their community college coursework and track progress to various degree programs at the university, as well as expand access to ASU’s signature eAdvisor tool to community college students.

“The Kresge Foundation is pleased to support ASU’s innovative efforts to strengthen its community college transfer pipeline," said Caroline Altman Smith, program officer at the Kresge Foundation. "This new and improved technology will empower community college students statewide with the information and resources they need to chart their educational paths toward a baccalaureate degree. We commend ASU and its community college partners for their efforts to help students achieve their educational goals.”

About The Kresge Foundation
The Kresge Foundation is a $2.9 billion private, national foundation headquartered in metropolitan Detroit, Michigan.  The Foundation seeks to influence the quality of life for future generations through its support of nonprofit organizations in six fields: health, the environment, arts and culture, education, human services and community development. Fostering greater access to and success in post-secondary education for low-income, minority and first-generation college students is the focus of Kresge’s Education grantmaking. In 2009, Kresge awarded more than $26 million in grants to support higher education in the United States and South Africa. To learn more, visit

Maria Hesse,
Vice Provost for Transfer Partnerships
Arizona State University
(602) 496-1180