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Colleges That Get It: One Institution’s Journey

Lasting institutional change is a combination of attention and intention, and Sinclair Community College gets that. And while they recognize that there is still a good distance to travel on their student success journey, they have already made great strides and have learned lessons that can benefit thousands – if not millions – of today’s college students.

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The Power and Peril of Myth for Today’s College Students

While graduation season is filled with inspiring stories of persistence, sacrifice, and accomplishment, it also gives rise to some lingering myths about our students and what it takes for them to get to graduation. These myths hurt students because they help preserve a status quo in which not enough of them succeed. We can and must bust these myths.

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Celebrate and Support: The Step from Graduation to College Is a Big One

This year and every year, we at the foundation are committed to ensuring that more students walk across the stage to receive their diploma and leave that ceremony college ready.

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Rethinking 12th Grade: Making the Most of Senior Year to Prepare All Students for Postsecondary Success

Ready or Not: It’s Time to Rethink the 12th Grade—a research series and initiative by Jobs for the Future—argues that improving senior year cannot actually happen by K-12 acting alone. While our nation’s secondary and postsecondary systems have a long tradition of independence, it is time now to consider a joint approach—a strategy that brings together high school and college educators where their interests converge and where they come closer than ever to sharing the same students.

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Getting to Graduation: It Takes a Community

A school district is more than just getting students to graduation. Former superintendent of Renton School District Mary Alice Heuschel talks about how her old school district is helping its students become lifelong learners.

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