Our work is guided by the belief that:
- Students are at the center of what we do – especially low-income and first-generation students, students of color, and working adults;
- Educational opportunity should not depend on race and income;
- Colleges and universities and the organizations supporting them are essential partners; and
- Evidence is crucial to guiding improvement in student outcomes.
We support colleges and universities and intermediary groups committed to transformation – building capacity to dramatically improve student outcomes and eliminate success gaps by race and income. This includes having a student-centered mission, setting goals and being accountable for them, using data to make decisions, creating a collaborative environment, and making a commitment to continuous improvement.
We do this by investing in the development of tools and resources to guide transformation efforts; supporting networks to connect institutions with these resources and with each other to accelerate learning; and advocating for public policy focusing on the needs of today’s students and the colleges and universities serving them.
Explore each of our Areas of Focus to learn more.