This time it’s for higher education. Bill Gates announced today that his charity, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is launching a $20 million grant designed to get entrepreneurs to develop new technologies to help students obtain their college degrees.
That’s right – it’s not a direct grant to help those higher education students, but rather a grant to encourage entrepreneurs to become involved in tackling the issues surrounding America’s struggling education system.
Next Generation Learning Grants
The Next Generation Learning Challenges fund will be divided into grants ranging from $250,000 to $750,000, and will be focused on technologies that emphasize blended learning models, deepen student engagement and learning through interactive applications, high-quality open courseware and learning analytics for monitoring student progress.
The deadline for the program is November 17, and grants will be announced March 2011. The nonprofit organization EDUCAUSE will run the program, although the Gates Foundation will provide funds for the project
Not Just College Grads Who Need Help?
As a philanthropic organization, the Gates Foundation has given millions to educational causes. Most recently, Bill Gates has been involved in working with traditional, unionized school districts in places like Memphis, Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh and Los Angeles.
Last summer he addressed the American Federation of Teachers, praising unions, “In Washington, D;C., New York, New Haven, Tampa, PIttsburgh, Colorado – you have taken historic steps to bury old arguments ad improve student achievement.”
Now Bill Gates has turned his attention to higher education. Good luck to all the contestants!
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