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The Bill and Melinda Gates FoundationThe Governance Institute for Student Success (GISS) was originally founded in 2009 with support from The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Since that time, GISS institutes and outreach events have been held in Ohio, Washington State, Texas, West Virginia, Northern and Southern California, Arizona, Oregon, Nebraska and Florida.



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USA Funds® is a nonprofit corporation that has worked since 1960 to enhance preparation for, access to and success in postsecondary education. USA Funds has served more than 22 million students and parents with more than $250 billion in financial aid for higher education and educational institutions. It supports ACCT’s Governance by Design/GISS State Systems projects.


Lumina FoundationLumina Foundation is an independent, private foundation committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025. In 2014, the Lumina Foundation joined the Gates Foundation in supporting the Governance Institute for Student Success. For 2015 2016, the Lumina Foundation provides ongoing support for GISS Institutes for the tribal colleges around the country.


The American Indian Higher Education Consortium

The American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC)—a unique community of 37 tribally and federally chartered institutions working to strengthen tribal nations and Alaska Natives partners with ACCT to offer GISS institutes for tribal colleges and universities (TCUs). Since 1973, AIHEC serves its network of member institutions through public policy, advocacy, research, and program initiatives to ensure strong tribal sovereignty through excellence in
American Indian higher education.



The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) is the nonprofit educational organization of all boards of trustees of community, technical and junior colleges in the United States. ACCT's purpose is to strengthen the capacity of community, technical and junior colleges and to foster the realization of their missions through effective board leadership and advocacy at local, state, and national levels.

A primary component of ACCT’s mission is to provide educational and professional development opportunities for the 6,500 elected and appointed trustees serving community colleges. ACCT is the only national professional organization that focuses on the two-year public and community and technical college field with a 40+ year history of service to boards of trustees throughout the country. For more information, visit

1101 17th Street NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC, 20036
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Tel 202.775.4667
Fax 202.223.1297

Contact Norma for more information about a GISS institute for a state or a state system at or call 202-775-6488