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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.

Want More Students to Finish? Focus on the Start.

Strong Start to Finish is a national campaign that is led by the Education Commission of the States and is designed to take what we know about better equipping all students for success as they transition into college. The campaign will work with select states and institutions on widespread adoption and implementation of core principles that have been shown to help more students make it to and through those all-important introductory courses.

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Equity, Sustainability, and the Future of College

The most common— & vexing— question I get is “What is your read on the future of college?” I approach it with a mix of alarm & hope.

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Reflecting Reality: The Push to Make Higher Ed More Diverse – and Relevant

Four in 10 students are non-white, one-third are the first in their family to attempt college, and more than a quarter are parents as well as students. If higher education is going to remain relevant and better serve today’s college students, our content and product providers must make strides to catch up in terms of diversity – and keep up.

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Colleges That Get It: One Institution’s Journey

Lasting institutional change is a combination of attention and intention, and Sinclair Community College gets that. And while they recognize that there is still a good distance to travel on their student success journey, they have already made great strides and have learned lessons that can benefit thousands – if not millions – of today’s college students.

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The Power and Peril of Myth for Today’s College Students

While graduation season is filled with inspiring stories of persistence, sacrifice, and accomplishment, it also gives rise to some lingering myths about our students and what it takes for them to get to graduation. These myths hurt students because they help preserve a status quo in which not enough of them succeed. We can and must bust these myths.

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