Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Postsecondary Success

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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September 27, 2017

(un)Conventional Wisdom: Bridging the Digital Divide

By Dan Greenstein Over the past couple of weeks, I have taken a critical look at two common assumptions about higher education – that selective equals better and that colleges and universities can’t become bigger and better at the same time. This week I’m wading into the digital dimension to tackle another oft-heard assertion: #3: […]

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September 25, 2017

Strengthening the Bridge to Opportunity (Remarks at NALEO Conference)

Remarks (as prepared) by Dan Greenstein at the NALEO California Statewide Policy Institute Conference Dan Greenstein is the director of Postsecondary Success at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Fri., Sept. 22, 2017 Thank you for inviting me to join you. I am honored. I am also painfully aware of the pitfalls of being a lunch-time […]

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September 20, 2017

(un)Conventional Wisdom: Bigger and Better

  By Dan Greenstein Last week, I kicked off a series of posts exploring what I believe is a growing disconnect between higher education and the American people. In that piece, I unpacked one of the possible causes of that disconnect – the ways in which academe celebrates exclusivity over opportunity. This week, I’m taking […]

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August 14, 2017

Want More Students to Finish? Focus on the Start.

By Dan Greenstein I’m just now sending my oldest child back to college for his sophomore year, which has caused me to pause and reflect about what we’ve both learned from the experience of his freshman year. It also got me to thinking about the approximately 25 percent of students who won’t be returning to […]

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July 17, 2017

Equity, Sustainability, and the Future of College

In my five years at the foundation, I have done a good number of presentations, panel discussions, and speeches. And one of the things I enjoy most about these experiences is the opportunity to hear from people from across our enterprise and our nation. The most common— and vexing— question I receive from audiences is “What is your read on the future of college?”

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