Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Postsecondary Success

We are working to overcome this hurdle with Completion by Design, a five-year initiative that works with community colleges to significantly increase completion and graduation rates for low-income students under age 26, while holding down costs and maintaining access and quality. Completion by Design supports three cohorts of community colleges in Florida, North Carolina, and Ohio that are working to create more targeted student success mechanisms and implement comprehensive changes to the student experience.

Read more about the work from Completion by Design:

  • The Game Changers webpage from Complete College America details five systemic interventions, including performance funding and structured schedules, to assist more students in the path to college completion.
  • A research paper from MDRC and Completion by Design (CBD) explores how five community colleges participating in the CBD initiative can organize their efforts to pursue large-scale and lasting institutional change, ultimately resulting in greater student success and completion.