Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Postsecondary Success

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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May 15, 2017

Colleges That Get It: One Institution’s Journey

Lasting institutional change is a combination of attention and intention, and Sinclair Community College gets that. And while they recognize that there is still a good distance to travel on their student success journey, they have already made great strides and have learned lessons that can benefit thousands – if not millions – of today’s college students.

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May 7, 2017

The Power and Peril of Myth for Today’s College Students

While graduation season is filled with inspiring stories of persistence, sacrifice, and accomplishment, it also gives rise to some lingering myths about our students and what it takes for them to get to graduation. These myths hurt students because they help preserve a status quo in which not enough of them succeed. We can and must bust these myths.

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