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A high school education is not enough to compete in today’s global economy. Yet by age 30 most Americans have not earned a college degree or certificate. Our Postsecondary Success Strategy aims to dramatically increase the number of young adults who complete their postsecondary education, setting them up for success in the workplace and in life.

Learn more below and visit the program page for more details about our work in this area.

Outcomes-Based Funding – Getting Back to Basics

States face critical opportunities and challenges when it comes to supporting their higher education systems, which is why we are examining the assumptions and realities of outcome-based funding.

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Faculty’s Role in Higher Education Innovation

In fall 2014, we partnered with FTI to conduct a research study to gather data from over 4,000 U.S. higher education faculty to better understand influences on faculty's willingness to learn about new pedagogies especially courseware and other innovations, incorporate new ideas in their work, and share new ideas regarding teaching and learning with peers and campus leaders.

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5 Reasons I’m Optimistic about U.S. Schools

How education can help increase opportunities for all young people in the United States.

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Doing More of the Same will Not Meet Completion Goals

U.S. universities and colleges must graduate more students with high-value credentials and they must distribute those credentials differently – ensuring that more of them go to low-income students. ASU is an example of a university that has done just that.

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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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