Innovation in Higher Education through EQUIP

To increase innovation in higher education, ED recently announced EQUIP, which encourages partnerships between colleges and universities and new providers of education.  It is designed to increase access to high-quality programs and encourage experimentation in outcomes-focused quality assurance.

To increase awareness and understanding about EQUIP, ED will host a series of public calls and meetings.  These are all open to the general public.  The list below will grow over the coming weeks, so please check back here for further information.

Questions and comments about the program should be directed to:


Upcoming EQUIP events

  • General EQUIP information
    • Call with Under Secretary Ted Mitchell, Friday, October 23, 2:00-3:00 (Eastern)
      • Dial-in info: 888-456-0282, 448 9657#
      • Note: Participation is limited to the first 500 callers; the call is not intended for press and is off-the-record
  • Higher education innovation town hall meetings
    • New York discussion with Under Secretary Ted Mitchell, Thursday, October 29, 1:00-2:00
      ED’s NYC Regional Office in the Financial District
      32 Old Slip, 25th Floor, New York, NY 10005
    • Boston, Friday, October 30, 2:00-3:00
      ED’s Boston Regional Office
      5 Post Office Square, 9th Floor, Boston, MA 02110
    • Silicon Valley town hall, Wednesday, November 4, 2:00-3:30
      GSV Labs
      425 Broadway Street, Redwood City, CA
    • Denver town hall, Friday, November 6, 2:00-3:00
      Community College of Denver
      Confluence Assembly Room
      Confluence Building, Community College of Denver (Auraria Campus)
      800 Curtis Street, Denver, CO
  • December 8
    • As the deadline to submit letters of intent approaches, please see the information about what to include here [link].
    • Also, this is excerpted from our EQUIP Q&A :
      • EQUIP-Q1. What should an institution do if it cannot develop programs and form partnerships by the priority deadline of December 14, 2015?


      • EQUIP-A1. The details of the partnerships between postsecondary institutions, non-traditional providers, and quality assurance entities (QAEs) do not have to be formed or finalized by December 14. By that date, postsecondary institutions interested in participating must submit a letter of interest, which must include the following:
        • A  brief  description  of  the  educational  program  or  programs  that  the  postsecondary  institution  is considering for inclusion in this experiment
        • The name(s) of the non-traditional provider(s) with whom the postsecondary institution intends to partner
        • An estimate of the number of title IV-eligible students who will be enrolled in the program
        • The name of the QAE(s) to be engaged, if known
        • Which of the following two title IV student aid program options the postsecondary institution will choose (in all cases providing title IV aid only to otherwise eligible students):
          • allowing students to be eligible for Pell Grants only; or
          • allowing students to be eligible for Pell Grants, undergraduate Direct Subsidized Loans and Direct
        • Unsubsidized Loans, and the Campus-Based Programs. [Direct PLUS Loans for parents and graduate
        • students and Direct Unsubsidized Loans for graduate students are not included in this experiment, and the Department will therefore not consider applications for graduate program]
    • As always, please let us know if there are questions or comments.
  • November 28


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