Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Postsecondary Success

April 11, 2017

Taking Stock: Progress and Prospects for College Advising

by Heather Hiles Over the past several years, significant progress has been made in college advising, thanks to the creative and tireless efforts of many of our partners. Perhaps the most significant advance has been the broader acceptance of various advising technologies as productivity tools for advisors and as direct, self-service support for students. That […]

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March 27, 2017

A Changing Conversation for Changing Times

Change is hard, especially for an enterprise as given to tradition as higher education. But shifting the conversation about higher education in a changing world – and then taking action – is critical to our efforts to help more students get to and through college.

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February 28, 2017

Dan Greenstein’s Remarks to Black Enterprise BE Smart HBCU Summit

Our prevailing model of higher education in this country – one that prizes exclusion over inclusion, that tolerates innovation rather than embracing it, that can be actively disdainful of measures of institutional effectiveness and efficiency – is not sustainable. US higher education as an industry needs to fundamentally change.

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February 13, 2017

New Frontiers for Student Success

We are excited to announce the Frontier Set, a select group of colleges and universities, state systems, and supporting organizations committed to significantly increasing student access and success and eliminating racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in college attainment.

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December 13, 2016

Bridging Higher Education’s Rhetoric and Reality in a Changing World

By Dan Greenstein Last month’s elections here in the U.S. represent a significant shift in both leadership and policy direction. As a historian, I’m always interested in understanding the how and the why of such consequential events. In my role as head of the Gates Foundation’s postsecondary program, I’m also interested in what they mean […]

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November 9, 2016

Dan Greenstein’s Remarks at the CAEL International Conference

So we have reached a time for choosing. We will either innovate and make the hard choices needed to make affordable, high quality education after high school a reality for more Americans, or we will choose the path of least resistance, one that will widen the opportunity gap and leave us both less competitive and more divided than ever.

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October 4, 2016

Dan Greenstein’s Remarks at COMBASE Fall Conference

I am really glad to be with all of you, especially since you made it easy for me to come to you! I want for this to be a lively discussion, rather than me just talking at you, so I’m going to be posing questions to you at points that I would like for us to engage together. Think of it as crowdsourcing hard questions and good ideas.

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September 27, 2016

What to Keep in Mind About Today’s Students

A majority of today’s students are older and nearly 30 percent are parents. Forty-two percent of today’s students come from communities of color; women make up more than half the total student population; and 40 percent of students attend part-time. Moreover, 61 percent now rely on Pell Grants to access a higher education, meaning they come from low- and moderate-income families.

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