Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Postsecondary Success

Navigating the path to a certificate or degree can be challenging. Students can get stuck in a maze of policies and options, costing time and money and leading many to drop out before they reach their goals.

Students need information about what will and will not keep them on track, and faculty and staff need information to help guide students and identify when they may be going off-track. Using a combination of people, processes, and technologies, colleges and universities are improving existing advising systems – and getting results. Holistic advising and student supports play a critical role, guiding students throughout their college experience and helping them overcome barriers. Research at leading institutions indicates that implementing stronger advising models can lead to double-digit increases in on-time graduation for a relatively modest investment (less than $100 per student per year).

Our goal is more widespread adoption of innovative holistic advising models, where colleges and universities bring together people, processes, and technologies to reflect the needs of today’s students. Our vision is a transformed higher education landscape that produces a seamless, personalized, and proactive educational experience for all students regardless of race or income.