Finish What You Started - Provider

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In 2020, the COSI Board approved the first Finish What You Started (FWYS) program (focused on adults 25+, Adams County residents, with some college, no degree), an outcomes-based contract providing bonus payments for services that increase enrollment, persistence, and completion. The current project is led by One Million Degrees and was initially intended to serve as a pilot for a larger-scale project.

The Colorado General Assembly passed a bill in June 2021 that expanded the Finish What You Started program. With the $3.8 billion of state aid provided by the American Rescue Plan Act, the Governor and Colorado legislature have allocated approximately $200 million towards workforce development and education. COSI received $49 million in federal stimulus funds to expand its Finish What You Started program, focusing on providing direct and indirect support to students to individuals with some college, no degree and/or those who applied in 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 but did not attend. 

These funds will support in addressing the significant decline in enrollment in the public institutions of higher education, high rate of job loss, continuing unemployment, and the overall disruption to the workforce caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  These disruptions have resulted in significant economic harm to individuals and businesses by quickly and effectively providing support for students to return to the public institutions of higher education to complete their postsecondary credentials and help to rebuild and revitalize the workforce of Colorado.  

Adams County Award

COSI launched the Finish What You Started-Adams County program to support adult students who have some college but no degree.  In partnership with One Million Degrees, the pilot project will focus on Adams County adults (25+) who are not currently enrolled and have some college and no degree.  The program targets explicitly Black/African American, Hispanic/LatinX, and Native American/American Indian adults and provides a holistic suite of wraparound support services and scholarship funds to address educational attainment equity gaps.

Finish What You Started is structured as a Pay for Success (outcomes-based contract) with upfront funding to deliver services and bonus payments tied to successful re-enrollment, persistence, and completion outcomes being reinvested into the program over time. CDHE is among the first state higher education agencies nationwide to use the PFS model to improve postsecondary attainment and mitigate equity attainment gaps by explicitly funding effective support services.

  • One Million Degrees $312,500

One Million Degrees is also eligible to earn up to $200,000 in additional funds as outcomes are met.  A philantropic donor provided the funds, and One Million Degrees will reinvest the funds into the program. 

Statewide Awards

With the $3.8 billion of state aid provided by the American Rescue Plan Act, the Governor and Colorado legislature have allocated approximately $200 million towards workforce development and education.  Through HB21-1330, COSI received $49 million to expand its Finish What You Started (FWYS) program, of which $46.55 million is allocated to 31 public institutions across the state of Colorado, providing direct and indirect support to students. 

These funds will support in addressing the significant decline in enrollment in the public institutions of higher education, high rate of job loss, continuing unemployment, and the overall disruption to the workforce caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  These disruptions have resulted in significant economic harm to individuals and businesses by quickly and effectively providing support for students to return to the public institutions of higher education to complete their postsecondary credentials and help to rebuild and revitalize the workforce of Colorado.  

  • Adams State University $678,546
  • Aims Community College $1,250,756
  • Arapahoe Community College $1,111,149
  • Colorado Mesa University $2,118,620
  • Colorado Mountain College $983,643
  • Colorado Northwestern Community College $246,845
  • Colorado School of Mines $521,426
  • Colorado State University Fort Collins $3,655,937
  • Colorado State University Global $785,340
  • Colorado State University Pueblo $1,015,124
  • Community College of Aurora $1,318,414
  • Community College of Denver  $2,002,754
  • Emily Griffith Technical College $875,823
  • Fort Lewis College $552,344
  • Front Range Community College $3,206,928
  • Lamar Community College $251,898
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver $5,712,650
  • Morgan Community College $344,391
  • Northeastern Junior College $353,211
  • Otero College $422,134
  • Pickens Technical College $626,982
  • Pikes Peak Community College $3,728,872
  • Pueblo Community College $1,430,926
  • Red Rocks Community College $1,328,254
  • Technical College of the Rockies $194,590
  • Trinidad State College $567,165
  • University of Colorado Boulder $3,122,075
  • University of Colorado Colorado Springs $2,398,588
  • University of Colorado Denver $3,205,271
  • University of Northern Colorado $2,024,812
  • Western Colorado University $530,269

 

Statewide Learning Community

COSI has partnered with One Million Degrees to convene institution leaders and practitioners to participate in a Statewide Learning Community to advance high-quality statewide implementation of Finish What You Started programming through peer learning and best practice sharing around data analysis, program design, student engagement, continuous progress monitoring, and evaluation design.

The Statewide Learning Community will share, reflect on, and strategize around real-time learnings, successes, and challenges as higher education institutions across the state seek to reach and engage the target student populations
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Quarterly Reporting

Pursuant to federal reporting requirements, grantees must report quarterly program and spending information. 

COSI Quarterly Reporting Form

Quarterly reporting due dates: 

  • January 5: Report on students served and spending disbursed from October 1 – December 31
  • April 5: Report on students served and spending disbursed from January 1 – March 31
  • July 5: Report on students served and spending disbursed from April 1 – June 3
  • October 5: Report on students served and spending disbursed from July 1 – September 30    
Annual Reporting

Annual Reports

Grantee must submit a performance report to CDHE following COSI’s reporting schedule as outlined here:

 

  • August 1, 2022 - to include all terms between summer 2021 to spring 2022
  • August 1, 2023 - to include all terms between summer 2022 to spring 2023
  • August 1, 2024 - to include all terms between summer 2023 to spring 2024
  • August 1, 2025 - to include all terms between summer 2024 to spring 2025
  • August 1, 2026 - to include all terms between summer 2025 to spring 2026

The reporting portal will open May 1st, 2022. Annual reporting templates will be available by April 1st.  

 Annual Reporting

The COSI team will offer a reporting information webinar and multiple support sessions. Grantees can access recordings and slides after the webinar here. 

The schedule is listed below and check out the COSI Calendar for a full list of all program events.

FWYS Informational Webinars and Support Sessions

Event

Zoom Details

Informational Session

Tuesday, March 22nd 1-2p.m.

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Reporting Support session

Monday, May 16 from 1-2p.m.

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Reporting Support Session

Monday, June 13 from 1-2p.m.

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Reporting Support Session

Wednesday, July 13 from 9-10a.m.

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Reporting Support Session

Wednesday, July 27th from 2-3p.m.

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COSI Point of Contact

The COSI team has grown! The expanded team allows for more individualized support for grantees. Please direct your questions to your assigned COSI POC.

Carla Castillo Jacquie Granados Kolby Knupp Mariana DelMonte-Gladstone Michael McArthur Marie Snow
Colorado Mesa University  Arapahoe Community College  Aims Community College Fort Lewis College Adams State University Community College of Aurora
Colorado Mountain College  Colorado School of Mines Colorado State University Technical College of the Rockies Colorado State University Pueblo Emily Griffith Technical College 
Colorado Northwestern Community College  Colorado State University Global Front Range Community College Western Colorado University Lamar Community College Pickens Technical College
Community College of Denver Morgan Community College Otero College

University of Colorado Boulder

  Metropolitan State University of Denver Northeastern Junior College Pikes Peak Community College
 Red Rocks Community College One Million Degrees Pueblo Community College
University of Colorado Denver University of Northern Colorado  Trinidad State College
  University of Colorado Colorado Springs