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Ensuring Education is a Fair Opportunity for All

Education is about fair opportunity. It’s about social mobility, and a chance to create a better life for yourself and your family. Unfortunately, the current higher education system does not always mirror education’s full potential.

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Refresh and Refocus: Notes from the PIE Network Summit

Gavin Payne, director of U.S. Program Policy & Advocacy at the Gates Foundation, reflects on the 2014 PIE Network Summit.

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What's the Average Debt for a College Graduate? The Answer May Surprise You

In an era of rapidly rising college tuition and low college completion rates, better information for students about their financial aid options and the impact of their decisions is an important first step.

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#HackCollege 2.0: Three New Facebook Apps to Help Students Get Into College

Yesterday, the Gates Foundation, Facebook and College Summit co-hosted the second annual education-focused hackathon at Facebook’s Menlo Park campus. The event brought together education experts and some of the world’s best developers. Twenty-four teams spent the day brainstorming and building apps that will help make the college-going process easier to understand and navigate, especially for low-income students.

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Can Facebook Apps Help More Students Get Into College?

Today, the Gates Foundation and Facebook teamed up once again to host HackEd 2.0. This education-centered hackathon brought together talented developers to create unique college-going apps for low-income and first generation students. I was thrilled to serve as a judge at the event.

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