Continued Support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Following support for planning to undertake a research study on the transfer practices of two-year students to four year independent colleges and universities, in the fall of 2014 the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation provided additional assistance to complete production, including final draft, layout, and printing, for the findings produced by this research.
The original planning grant permitted Edvance to undertake a national listening tour to nearly twenty states with approximately 800 higher education officials, many of them college and university presidents, and administer a survey completed by 425 private colleges and universities, or 34 percent of the sample surveyed. This survey is the most comprehensive in scope ever undertaken in the United States. Human Capital Research (Evanston, IL) consulted on the design and administration of the study.
We expect that the findings will be released nationally in the first half of 2015.
The Edvance Foundation is grateful for the grants provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help prepare this study for a wider forum. We are also appreciative to additional support provided by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, Donnelley Foundation, AT & T Foundation, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Blackbaud, Eat n’ Park Hospitality Group, Pfizer Foundation, and UPS Foundation.