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Foundations pledge aid for use of technology in higher education

The University of California has been awarded a $748,000 grant by the Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) program for a unique online instruction pilot project aimed at making a major contribution in this field.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation provided the funding through the NGLC program, which is led by EDUCAUSE, a non-profit group seeking to promote the thoughtful use of technology in higher education.

Project leaders said the NGLC award is a real honor in light of the intensity of the competition for the funding: UC’s project was one of 29 chosen from more than 600 grant requests.

“In the face of declining state support, UC must find a way to expand access while enhancing quality,” said Christopher Edley Jr., dean and law professor at UC Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law and co-leader of the project.

“Can technology, and specifically online technology, be part of the solution at a world-class university? No institution is in a better position to answer the question through research and innovation,” Edley said.

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