Many colleges and universities are working to significantly increase student access and success and close attainment gaps, but there are limits to what they can do on their own. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation supports institutional partnerships so that colleges and universities can learn from each other and share resources and successes with practical and actionable knowledge focusing not only on the “what” of change but also the “how.”


The Frontier Set

The Frontier Set is a group of high-performing and high-potential colleges, universities, and state systems working to increase student success and close attainment gaps by race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status. And, they are committed to tracking and sharing their progress toward their goals.

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Implement and integrate proven policies and practices


Improve student outcomes and progress toward closing attainment gaps


Share insights and tools with additional campuses and systems

Who is in the Frontier Set?

The Frontier Set crosses the nation and includes all kinds of institutions.

Frontier Set campuses and systems work on a host of issues to help their students navigate their way to a certificate or degree. Together, they learn from each other to improve how they help students—and how they can continue to welcome learners who come to college with a lot of life experience but without a map or the means for achieving their goals.

When institutions collaborate, they create a knowledge base and support systems that are stronger than when they work alone, which means they can better serve students.

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