If You Want to Go Far, Go Together

Strategic Partners

Bisk Ventures

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Bisk Ventures is the venture arm of Bisk Education, a worldwide leader in online education. For more than 40 years Bisk has been focused on providing lifelong-learning opportunities that enable working adults to reach their personal and professional goals. During the last 15 years the company has assisted renowned universities in expanding enrollment, increasing revenue and advancing their mission through the development of online undergraduate degree, graduate degree and professional certificate programs. Over the same time, the University Alliance division has facilitated the delivery of these programs to students, taking care of marketing, recruitment and enrollment, program delivery and support. To date there have been more than 870,000 enrollments.

Designs For Learning

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Designs for Learning is a nationally recognized pioneer in creating innovative learning products and documenting their impacts. Drawing on deep expertise in education, technology and research, we integrate the rigor of learning and data sciences with the demands of product development to design transformative learning experiences. Since its inception, the company has collaborated with top universities, businesses and non-profits to produce award-winning studies of learning impacts, create cutting-edge game-based assessments, develop new forms of assessment for workforce development, and design systems for scaling microcredentials. Designs for Learning also serves as independent third-party evaluator and provides strategic advising for privately and federally funded initiatives.

Institutional Partners

CSU Chancellor’s Office

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The CSU is a leader in high-quality, accessible, student-focused higher education. With 23 campuses, almost 427,000 students, and 44,000 faculty and staff, we are the largest, the most diverse, and one of the most affordable university systems in the country.

The CSU awards about 99,000 degrees annually and has conferred nearly 2.8 million. The CSU is renowned for the quality of its teaching and for the job-ready graduates it produces. The mission of the CSU is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever changing needs of the people of California.

With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for California.

San Francisco State University

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San Francisco State University (commonly referred to as San Francisco State, SF State and SFSU) is a public comprehensive university located in San Francisco, California, United States. As part of the 23-campus California State University system, the university offers 118 different Bachelor’s degrees, 94 Master’s degrees, 5 Doctoral degrees including two Doctor of Education degrees, a Doctor of Physical Therapy, a Ph.D in Education and Doctor of Physical Therapy Science, along with 26 teaching credentials among six academic colleges.

Brandman University

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Brandman University is a private, non-profit regionally accredited institution that provides educational opportunities for working adults. There are over 25 campuses throughout California and Washington, and a virtual campus online. The university offers more than 50 degree, certificate, credential and professional programs in business, arts and sciences, health and education.

Foothill-De Anza Community College District

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Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the Foothill-De Anza Community College District serves the communities of Cupertino, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Stanford, Sunnyvale, and parts of Saratoga and San Jose (district boundary map).

For more than 50 years, Foothill-De Anza has demonstrated excellence and innovation in academic programs and student services. As one of the largest community college districts in the United States, Foothill-De Anza provides credit classes for about 64,000 students a year. The colleges are active members of the League for Innovation in the Community College, a national consortium of leading two-year institutions.

Collaborating Organizations

Camelback Ventures

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Camelback Ventures’ mission is to create a more dynamic social innovation ecosystem that leverages the genius of all participants. To do this, they identify local leaders with promising ideas, and empower them to enact change within their communities.

Village Capital

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Village Capital sources, trains, and invests in seed-stage social entrepreneurs around the world. Village Capital develops entrepreneurs solving specific problems in agriculture, energy, education, financial inclusion, and health, and then puts the power of investment in the hands of those entrepreneurs, who award investment capital to the two ventures ranked highest by their peers at the end of every program. The organization’s unique peer-selection model and curriculum received the prestigious McKinsey/Harvard Business Review M-Prize for innovation in 2013. Village Capital has supported 500 entrepreneurs across 40 programs in 9 countries in the last 5 years, creating 8,500 jobs and raising more than $118 million in follow-on capital.

ACT is an international, mission-driven, nonprofit organization with more than 50 years of experience generating data-driven assessments and research. As a trusted leader in the testing field, ACT is known for developing high-quality assessments that determine college and career readiness and provide the most advanced measures of workplace skills.


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A digital branding agency, Skyrocket works primarily with innovative startups, progressive NGOs and cultural institutions. Skyrocket helps launch new ventures and gives rise to movements by crafting digital experiences that communicate with impact and move clients forward.