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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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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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(un)Conventional Wisdom: Redefining ‘Good’ in Higher Education

College and university leaders believe that the public doesn’t understand the purpose of higher education, while polls signal growing frustration with and skepticism of higher education even as people assert its necessity. This disconnect is fueling a narrative in the mainstream media that perhaps college might not be so valuable after all.

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