Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Postsecondary Success

May 14, 2018

For Students, The Right Advice Can Make All the Difference

By Allan Golston Graduation Day is a day full of stories – stories about the challenges, the victories, the setbacks, and the support that students experience on their journey to a diploma. One common thread across these stories: good advice can make all the difference. Colleges and universities that are figuring this out are making […]

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April 23, 2018

The What and How of Scale

By  Patrick Methvin First, I want to express how grateful I am for the opportunity to serve as director of Postsecondary Success for the foundation. I have enjoyed getting to know many of you over the past five years, and I look forward to meeting even more of you – grantees, partners, critical friends – […]

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March 26, 2018

Patrick Methvin Selected as Postsecondary Success Director

By Allan Golston In my first (and only) post as interim director of Postsecondary Success, I want to start by expressing my thanks to our grantees and partners for the work they do on behalf of today’s college students and the institutions that serve them. I have been fortunate enough to see first-hand the exciting […]

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February 7, 2018

CASE District VIII Conference – Dan Greenstein’s Remarks

Remarks (as delivered) by Dan Greenstein at the CASE District VIII Conference Dan Greenstein is the director of Postsecondary Success at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Wed., Feb. 7, 2018 Redefining Higher Education’s Value and Values Good afternoon, and thank you for the opportunity to talk with you right here in Seattle. In my time […]

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February 5, 2018

Special Message from the Director

By Dan Greenstein I wanted to share the news with you that I am stepping down as Director of the Postsecondary Success strategy. I am overwhelmed with gratitude and joy for the opportunity to work with an immensely talented team and committed partners like you to close the equity gaps in higher education so that […]

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January 9, 2018

Learning in Action

By Dan Greenstein As an academic, I have always been fascinated and thrilled by the process of learning. As a parent, I experience great joy in watching my two children undertake their own learning journeys. And in my nearly six years at the foundation, my interest in learning has taken on new meaning and urgency. […]

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November 2, 2017

Oregon Community College Association – Dan Greenstein’s Remarks

Remarks (as delivered) by Dan Greenstein at the Oregon Community College Association Annual Conference  Dan Greenstein is the director of Postsecondary Success at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Thurs., Nov. 2, 2017 Good morning, and thank you for asking me to such a beautiful place. I’ve been on the road for the better part of […]

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October 27, 2017

(un)Conventional Wisdom: Yes, We CAN

Higher education is a cautious and deliberative enterprise by nature, but we cannot – and must not – allow deliberation to become an excuse for inaction. Change requires steady leadership, a commitment to following the data wherever they lead, and a willingness to buck conventional wisdom and prevailing incentive systems.

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October 12, 2017

ALASS Institute – Dan Greenstein’s Remarks

Remarks (as prepared) by Dan Greenstein at the Accelerating Latino Student Success (ALASS) Institute Conference Dan Greenstein is the director of Postsecondary Success at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Fri., Oct. 6, 2017, Washington, D.C. Good afternoon, and thank you for having me. It is a privilege to be with my colleagues from philanthropy […]

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October 2, 2017

Wanted: Student-Centered Colleges

By Dan Greenstein For the past several weeks, I have been taking a critical look at conventional wisdom and common assumptions about higher education to raise awareness of the realities facing today’s colleges and universities, and their students. This week, I’m focusing on a debate that lies at the heart of the completion movement: #4: […]

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