Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Postsecondary Success

May 2, 2017

Dan Greenstein’s Remarks to the Western Association of College and University Business Officers

While we’ve opened our doors to all Americans in the past 50 years, effectively democratizing access to higher education, we’ve done relatively little to adapt education so that it meets the needs of the students who now make up our majority. This trend matters because it forces us to ask whether yesterday’s education – the one that worked so well for us – is appropriate for today’s economy and for today’s students.

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April 30, 2017

Higher Ed’s Role in Economic Mobility

A comparison of the roles of colleges in promoting economic mobility showed that access to colleges that can provide upward mobility has decreased. John Friedman argues that it is more important now than ever to find new policies to reverse this decline.

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April 11, 2017

Taking Stock: Progress and Prospects for College Advising

by Heather Hiles Over the past several years, significant progress has been made in college advising, thanks to the creative and tireless efforts of many of our partners. Perhaps the most significant advance has been the broader acceptance of various advising technologies as productivity tools for advisors and as direct, self-service support for students. That […]

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March 27, 2017

A Changing Conversation for Changing Times

Change is hard, especially for an enterprise as given to tradition as higher education. But shifting the conversation about higher education in a changing world – and then taking action – is critical to our efforts to help more students get to and through college.

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February 28, 2017

Dan Greenstein’s Remarks to Black Enterprise BE Smart HBCU Summit

Our prevailing model of higher education in this country – one that prizes exclusion over inclusion, that tolerates innovation rather than embracing it, that can be actively disdainful of measures of institutional effectiveness and efficiency – is not sustainable. US higher education as an industry needs to fundamentally change.

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February 13, 2017

New Frontiers for Student Success

We are excited to announce the Frontier Set, a select group of colleges and universities, state systems, and supporting organizations committed to significantly increasing student access and success and eliminating racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in college attainment.

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December 13, 2016

Bridging Higher Education’s Rhetoric and Reality in a Changing World

By Dan Greenstein Last month’s elections here in the U.S. represent a significant shift in both leadership and policy direction. As a historian, I’m always interested in understanding the how and the why of such consequential events. In my role as head of the Gates Foundation’s postsecondary program, I’m also interested in what they mean […]

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November 9, 2016

Dan Greenstein’s Remarks at the CAEL International Conference

So we have reached a time for choosing. We will either innovate and make the hard choices needed to make affordable, high quality education after high school a reality for more Americans, or we will choose the path of least resistance, one that will widen the opportunity gap and leave us both less competitive and more divided than ever.

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