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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.

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Patrick Methvin Selected as Postsecondary Success Director

Allan C. Golston, president of the foundation's United States Program, announces that Patrick Methvin will lead the Postsecondary Success strategy. Patrick brings deep knowledge of higher education innovation to the role, as well as passion for harnessing that innovation to benefit more of today’s college students.

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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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(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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