Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Postsecondary Success

Graduating from college can make all the difference in a student’s life. College graduates earn more than those without a degree, have lower rates of unemployment, and better health outcomes.

To help today’s college students get to graduation day, we need to make sure colleges and universities are equipped to meet their needs. We know that high-quality online courses and smarter advising can help students get further, faster, saving them both time and money on the way to a degree.

Smarter Advising

Improving student advising can help students make better choices about their programs and avoid obstacles that could take them off-course as they work toward their degree or credential.

Digital Dividends

The University of Central Florida is proving that with online learning a university can have a large, diverse student population, high standards, and affordable tuition.

Helping All Students Succeed

Michael Drake, President of The Ohio State University, and Sue Desmond-Hellmann discuss how all university leaders can help ensure that more of today’s college students get to graduation day.

Smart Advising at The Ohio State University

Will's path to The Ohio State University included jail and addiction. With the help of smart advising on campus, his path is now law school.

Smarter Advising Saves Students Time and Money

Florida State University, the University of Texas at Austin, and Georgia State University have all posted double-digit percentage increases in their graduation rate since adopting more intensive advising programs for students. This increase in on-time graduation rates also benefited students by saving them thousands of dollars in tuition costs and allowed them to get into the workforce sooner.

Online Learning Helps Students Get to Graduation Day Faster

At the University of Central Florida, students taking 41%-60% of their courses online completed their degrees on time or slightly ahead of time (average of 3.9 years) than students taking no online courses (average of 4.3 years). That difference – nearly a full semester – adds up to thousands of dollars for students, both in tuition they don’t have to pay and in earnings they receive by getting into the workforce faster.