Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Postsecondary Success

October 29, 2020

Postsecondary Success Notes | What’s inspiring us


We are entering a season that offers plenty of opportunities for stress—the usual year-end rush of deadlines and holidays, compounded this year by an election season like no other and an ongoing pandemic.

But it is also a season that offers cause for optimism. In the past several weeks, I have seen inspiring examples of creativity, collaboration and commitment in our field, all in service of more equitable outcomes for our students.

  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are joining together to help protect their students and communities through expanded and sustained COVID-19 diagnostic testing.
  • The Postsecondary Value Commission is taking on the growing question of “What is college worth?” by proposing a definition of value that puts equity at the center and focuses on both a better living and a better life.
  • Institutions serving Latino students are being recognized for the strides they are making in boosting outcomes and the innovation that is driving those results.

Keep reading for more information about these efforts, which we are proud to support because they show higher education at its best and will pay off well into the future. And I encourage you to take a few minutes in the coming days to find a pocket of optimism or two in your part of the world.

Patrick Methvin