Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Postsecondary Success

February 29, 2016

Trapped in the Community College Remedial Maze

A majority of students with A and B grade point averages in high school still require developmental education at the community-college level, raising new questions about the skill level of incoming college students and the ways institutions measure their abilities. This is especially worrisome for students of color given that half of Hispanic college students and nearly a third of black college students start their higher-education paths at community colleges.

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February 22, 2016

OpenIDEO Challenges Innovators to Reimagine the Cost of College

While the college affordability situation has led some to question the value of a degree, others are thinking about ways to reverse—or at least curb—the trend. OpenIDEO, global design firm IDEO’s open innovation platform, launched an online challenge in October to spark ideas that reimagine the cost of college in the U.S. OpenIDEO allows a global community to work together to create and refine solutions to pressing social issues.

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February 22, 2016

How to Help More College Students Graduate

The United States has a dropout crisis. Sixty percent of people go to college these days, but just half of the college students graduate with a bachelor’s degree. Some people earn a shorter, two-year associate’s degree. But more than a quarter of those who start college drop out with no credential.

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