Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Postsecondary Success

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

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 for higher education. […]

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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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September 13, 2016

Reflections on a Journey

This post was guest authored by Danie Korac, student at Western Governors University and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation employee. I am not your typical student. I am first generation born in the United States, the first in my family to go to college, and a woman.

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April 4, 2016

John N. Gardner Institute Remarks

My eldest is headed to college in the fall and the whole admissions process has ironically brought many of the issues I deal with from my foundation perch to my dining room table. During this process, I’ve been struck by how much our expectations of higher education have changed in a generation.

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