Finish What You Started - Provider

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The Colorado General Assembly passed a bill in June 2021 that will expand the Finish What You Started program. HB21-1330 allocates $48 million in federal stimulus money to the expansion of COSI's Finish What You Started program. The current pilot program was launched in May 2021 in Adams County and the new funding will allow COSI to expand the program to institutions statewide. The program will align with COSI's Community Partner Program model and include funding for financial supports.

The program is focused on increasing enrollment for individuals with some college no degree and those admitted to an institution but did not enroll during the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 academic year. Institutions will be invited to apply for an allocated amount that will be determined by the COSI Board this summer. In addition, there will be options available for institutions to partner with the current Finish What you Started provider, One Million Degrees (OMD). 

 

Application Materials

The Finish What You Started request for proposal and supporting application materials are ready and accessible at the links below.

 

Application Materials Folder 

Preparing for Application

Pre-work Document
The legislature has asked COSI and higher education institutions to prioritize program development and launch in the summer and fall 2021 semesters. Due to the timeline expectations and delay in releasing the proposal due to the emergency rule process, COSI provides this pre-work document to encourage institutions to explore partnership opportunities, gather data, and draft program outlines to prepare for the short application timeline.

 

Partnership Opportunity

COSI's current Finish What You Started program (focused on adults 25+, Adams County residents, some college, no degree) is led by One Million Degrees (OMD).

One Million Degrees is passionate about supporting highly talented and motivated college students achieve success in school, work, and life. Informed by 15 years of direct service to community college scholars, OMD is excited to partner with the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (COSI) to support state-wide implementation of Finish What You Started (FWYS) programs. OMD is humbled by the opportunity to collaborate with college leaders across Colorado to co-create solutions that add value and capacity to ensure Colorado residents have the tools and resources to re-enroll, persist, and graduate with certificates and degrees.

Starting with your vision and existing assets, OMD will take your lead in identifying how our evidence-based student-centered curriculum and program design can accelerate your efforts to build, strengthen, and implement robust holistic student support strategies. As you prepare for the release of COSI's request for proposals (RFP), please consider the following potential tactics for OMD to support you in implementing your FWYS program.

During the RFP process, OMD staff will be available for one-on-one planning meetings to develop a targeted partnership plan that maximizes your existing resources and builds on your momentum for a successful FWYS program.

Type

Overview

 

Technical Assistance

  • For colleges that have many pieces of the holistic student support model to serve target population for FWYS in place and seek targeted technical assistance and support from OMD to build solutions to fill gaps.
  • Collaborative work with a prospective college partner to co-design student support programs and

strategies which build on some aspect of the OMD model such as establishing coaching program or helping build a robust student tracking and case management documentation system.


Co-Creation

  • College implements FWYS program (hires and manages staff, budgets for core program expenses).
  • OMD trains and supports dedicated FWYS staff in the holistic support model.
  • OMD develops and delivers supplemental professional development opportunities to strengthen current practices.

 


Joint Implementation

  • Longer-term, multi-year partnership between OMD and college partner that builds to training and supporting college staff to fully implement the full OMD model tailored for FWYS.
  • In this partnership option, implementation starts with OMD hiring and employing local staff to implement the program.
  • Over time (2-3 years), program staff transition to become employees of the college. OMD maintains involvement for ongoing training and technical support.

Interested in learning more about OMD and how they can support the development and implementation of the FWYS program? 

Webinar recording and slides

If you would like to meet 1:1 with OMD to discuss the partnership opportunities more in-depth, please reach out to: 

Timeline

Activity

Dates for Summer
Application Period

Dates for Fall
Application Period

Request for Proposal Release

July 28, 2021

Portal opens

August 4, 2021

Proposals Due

August 15, 2021, end of day

September 5, 2021, end of day

Proposal Review

August 16-20, 2021

September 6-17, 2021

COSI Board Meeting to review proposals

August 25, 2021

September 29, 2021

Notification of approved proposals/recommendations for revisions

August 31, 2021

October 8, 2021

Fully executed agreement and finalized year one statement of work and program budget

September 17, 2021

October 29, 2021

2021-2022 Allocation Payment

Payment will be made ASAP once the agreement and year one statement of work/program budget is completed.

Payment will be made ASAP once the agreement and year one statement of work/program budget is completed.

Revise and Resubmit

If the COSI Board requires revisions

Revisions due, if required

September 14, 2021

October 22, 2021

Proposal Review

September 15-28, 2021

October 25-November 5, 2021

COSI Board meeting to review the proposals

September 29, 2021

November 10, 2021

Notification of approved proposals

October 8, 2021

November 19, 2021

Fully executed agreement and finalized year one statement of work and program budget

October 29, 2021

December 10, 2021

2021-2022 Allocation Payment

Payment will be made ASAP once the agreement and year one statement of work/program budget is completed.

Payment will be made ASAP once the agreement and year one statement of work/program budget is completed.

 

Application Support

Application Support Sessions

Staff will be available to answer questions and provide support in completing the application.

Date

Zoom Details

August 3, 2021 at 10:30 am

Link

Phone: 346 248 7799

Meeting ID: 898 4928 0011

Password: 797032

August 5, 2021, at 2 pm

Priority for institutions applying for the summer application period

Link

Phone: 346 248 7799
Meeting ID: 810 4666 8443

Passcode: 132886

August 10, 2021 at 2 pm

Link

Phone: 346 248 7799

Meeting ID: 811 1448 0515

Password: 064822

August 12, 2021, at 10:30 am

Priority for institutions applying for the summer application period

Link

Phone: 346 248 7799

Meeting ID: 857 5756 2147

Passcode: 737665

August 17, 2021 at 10:30 am

Link

Phone: 346 248 7799

Meeting ID: 894 0988 8312

Password: 413990

August 24, 2021 at 2 pm

Link

Phone: 669 900 6833

Meeting ID: 831 8414 0686

Password: 588800

August 31, 2021 at 10:30 am

Link

Phone: 669 900 6833

Meeting ID: 886 2172 7890

Password: 286508