Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
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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.

Top colleges should develop roadmaps for increasing college access and talent

Educational opportunity is critical to America’s success. If the best colleges in the country don't find and educate the best students, today’s opportunity gap will translate into tomorrow’s leadership gap.

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The Changing Face of Higher Ed

Meet some of today's higher education students, who are increasingly balancing family, work, and school.

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Addressing Students’ Concerns in Higher Ed

Three promising examples of how listening to students’ concerns can help build a better higher ed system for all.

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Creating A New Model To Help Students Succeed

With the face of today's student rapidly changing, higher education institutions are all trying different strategies and tactics to improve student outcomes and increase college completion. Georgia State University President Mark Becker is one of the courageous institutional leaders working to change the future of higher ed.

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Reflections from Arizona: The Future of Higher Education

Colleges and universities across the country are under enormous pressure to transform themselves to meet the needs of today’s student. To find out what this transformation looks like, I traveled with foundation leaders to the forefront of this critical juncture in higher education: Arizona State University, Rio Salado College, and University of Phoenix.

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