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Daniel Greenstein

Title Former Director, Postsecondary Success
Organization Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Dr. Daniel Greenstein served as director of the Postsecondary Success strategy within the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s United States Program from July 2012 to March 2018. The Postsecondary Success strategy is dedicated to increasing the number of students that acquire a postsecondary degree or certificate. Greenstein was succeeded as director by Patrick Methvin.

Before joining the foundation, Greenstein was vice provost for academic planning and programs at the University of California Office of the President. In that role, he oversaw what academic planning is required at the university-wide level for the 10-campus, 220,000-student system. He had administrative responsibility for system-wide academic programs—the University of California Press, the California Digital Library, the University’s Education Abroad Program, and internship programs in Washington, D.C. and Sacramento—and acted as the director for UC Online Education—a new effort to integrate online education into the university’s undergraduate curriculum.

Greenstein has led, in some cases founded, several internet-based academic information services in the United States (the California Digital Library) and the United Kingdom (the Arts and Humanities Data Service), and served on boards and acted in strategic consulting roles for educational, cultural heritage, and information organizations.

He holds degrees from the Universities of Oxford (DPhil) and Pennsylvania (MA, BA) and began his professional life as a senior lecturer in modern history at Glasgow University. Current fascinations include sustaining models for public higher education, online undergraduate instruction, and models for supporting disruptive innovation in large well-established organizations.

Posts By Daniel Greenstein

Learning in Action

The change we seek to boost success for today’s college students absolutely depends on our ability and willingness to learn from our gains and setbacks and adapt our strategies. There is much more that we still have to learn about increasing educational opportunity and success for a growing and changing nation. But it’s important to reflect candidly on what we already have learned, and then take action.

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(un)Conventional Wisdom: Yes, We CAN

I’m encouraged to see examples of colleges and universities working together to quickly and significantly improve outcomes for their students.

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Wanted: Student-Centered Colleges

A majority of Americans rightly believe that student success is a shared responsibility, that colleges and universities have a role to play in helping students cross the finish line.

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(un)Conventional Wisdom: Bridging the Digital Divide

We as a nation face an urgent need to increase access and success when it comes to education after high school, and we have neither the time nor the resources to repeat the brick and mortar expansion of the 1960s and 1970s. So we must look to options such as online and hybrid learning.

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(un)Conventional Wisdom: Bigger and Better

Leading colleges and universities prove it's possible to serve more students while improving performance. The definition of institutional quality must include economic mobility.

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