Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Postsecondary Success

As a foundation, we believe we can make an impact by supporting networks of schools, colleges and universities, and local and community organizations so they can share what works with each other in order to get better, faster.

For nearly a decade, we and our partners have been working closely with a diverse set of colleges and universities seeking to transform themselves to dramatically improve outcomes for today’s students – especially low-income and first-generation students, students of color, and working adults.

Initiatives such as Completion by Design and the Frontier Set have taught us a lot about what transformation means, that it can happen, and how it happens. One of the most important lessons is the need for partners that can connect campuses with each other and with experts and resources, and can help guide institutions through adopting and adapting, implementing, evaluating, and sustaining changes in policy and practice.

A growing number of colleges and universities are recognizing the need to transform themselves to become more student-centered, and they need partners that can provide connections and guidance as they tackle this challenge. That is why we are launching a search for intermediaries for scale – organizations (or networks of organizations) that can support diverse institutions through the process of comprehensive change.


We are looking for organizations that have a mission focused on increasing student success in education after high school and a track record of working across multiple colleges and universities serving a significant number of low-income students and students of color. Additionally, these organizations must demonstrate commitment and experience in:

  • Reducing college success disparities by race and income;
  • Promoting continuous learning and improvement through the use of data; and
  • Identifying, implementing, and evaluating significant campus-level changes in policy and practice.

Intermediaries will receive grants to build their capacity across four key areas:

  1. Increasing awareness of successful and promising transformation strategies among campus leaders and communities.
  2. Informing key campus-level decisions about change options and strategies and supporting decision-makers.
  3. Supporting transformation by providing guidance and resources for adopting, implementing, evaluating, and sustaining changes in policy and practice.
  4. Building connections across colleges and universities and other supporting organizations to accelerate and streamline learning and sharing of promising practices.

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For more information about the intermediaries and the selection process, please consult our fact sheet and frequently asked questions, or contact us at