Thursday, 07 October 2021 13:16

Richmond Community College joins latest cohort of College Innovation Network

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HAMLET — The College Innovation Network (Monday) announced the second cohort of higher education institutions that have joined the growing network: Richmond Community College (North Carolina), Arizona Western College, Bennett College (North Carolina), Capella University (Minnesota), Cuyahoga Community College (Ohio), Northern Virginia Community College, and Rivet School (California).


CIN — now in its second year of operation with support from the Charles Koch Foundation — prioritized institutional diversity during recruitment for its second cohort, which includes Bennett College, a Historically Black College for women, and Rivett School, a hybrid college that works in partnership with accredited institutions to help underserved students succeed.

“Ensuring that all students have equal access to learning opportunities through EdTech, and driving equitable student outcomes through that access, is a central part of CIN’s mission,” said Erika Wandsneider, program manager for CIN. “The addition of our second cohort gives us even more insight into the challenges faced by underserved students and the institutions that educate them.”

The new CIN members convened in July along with the founding members to participate in the network’s Annual Network Needs Assessment convening. The convening took place virtually over two days with leaders from CIN institutions working collaboratively to identify priorities for the upcoming year. Shared priorities across CIN include increasing student belonging, innovating on how to effectively deliver student resources, and closing equity gaps of access to EdTech.

CIN is committed to supporting the evolution of education by leveraging the power of relationships and supporting educational institutions throughout the full lifecycle of EdTech implementation — from identifying needs to conducting mixed-methods evaluation research — with the goal of improving the student experience.

CIN recently published its year one impact report and an analysis of its inaugural EdTech Student Survey. The first results from EdTech evaluation studies are slated to be published later this year. Learn more about CIN at wgulabs.org/college-innovation-network.