The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation which was founded in 1994 and known for its charitable contributions in and out the United States to help create and spread innovations in education, technology and world health, recently donated a total of $12.9 million dollars to several community colleges towards virtual learning improvements.
Among the college recipients were Carnegie Mellon University; Monterey Institute for Technology and Education; Global Skills for College Completion; and National Center for Academic Transformation who received $2.5 million, $5 million; $3.6 million; and $1.8 million respectively.
The Carnegie Mellon University will use its $2.5 million for the improvement and developments of web based and open learning environments of its Community College Open Learning Initiative. Carnegie Mellon aims to improve their course completion rates by 25 percent.
Monterey Institute for Technology will utilize its $5 million grant from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to create developmental math course material that will be available as an open educational resource. They will also use the grant to increase the number of students who can meet math standards so they can move into post-secondary educational programs.
On the other hand, Global Skills for College Completion who got $3.6 million will establish ways to teach math and writing skill using social media and technology and the National Center for Academic Transformation will make use their $1.8 million grant to do outreach to community colleges to convince them to incorporate technology-based learning into their math programs.