Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Postsecondary Success

Can we adequately answer questions about postsecondary outcomes and value?  No

Data play a crucial role in improving college access, completion, and career readiness. But existing metrics often ignore many of today’s students, who are more likely to be part-time students, older students, students from low-income backgrounds, students of color, and first-generation college-goers. Colleges and universities, and their data systems, must reflect the experiences and outcomes of all students.

More than a decade of work in the field has yielded important lessons about how to improve data systems and use data to improve student outcomes. The foundation captured those lessons in Answering the Call, a report that also presents a framework for measuring access, progression, completion, cost, and post-college outcomes.

Reports:
“Answering the Call: Institutions and States Lead the Way Toward Better Measures of Postsecondary Performance” Full Report
“Answering the Call: Institutions and States Lead the Way Toward Better Measures of Postsecondary Performance” Executive Summary
“Toward Convergence: A Technical Guide for the Postsecondary Metrics Framework”