Strong Start To Finish

Right Now, A First-year Student Sits In A College Classroom Being Ill-served By Developmental Math.

Students must be set up for success in their first year at college. Developmental math and English courses can stand in the way of their path to a degree. Strong Start to Finish is shifting that path so that every student can start strong, to finish strong.

Engage

We work to engage the postsecondary systems and metropolitan regions already in place, as a network of like-minded individuals. This is a commitment to actionable, evidence-based policies and practices. We can shift the outcome of college journeys to support all students – not just the select few.

Deepen

We continue to deepen our commitment to knowledge-sharing. When policies and practices work in action, we share our research and learnings. With our collective knowledge, we can remove barriers to success for low-income students, students of color and returning adults.

Grow

As our network grows, so do opportunities for innovation and support. Together organizations, faculty and staff can collaborate to implement new policies and practices at scale. 

Join the movement to create fundamental and lasting policy change together.

Thank You For the Generous Support from Our Philanthropic Partners

Strong Start to Finish operates thanks to the generous support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Ascendium Education Group and The Kresge Foundation. Additional funds are welcomed from future national, regional and local investors.

You Can Be Part of Creating a Fundamental Shift for These Students.

Join a funding collaborative that impacts the entire postsecondary system. Your investment goes to support fundamental and lasting policy change. Translate your learnings into action – get involved:

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National Forum on Education Policy

Education Commission of the States’ annual National Forum on Education Policy is the leading education policy event of the year. By bringing education leaders together from across the aisle and across the states, this gathering provides opportunities to interact, learn and collaborate.

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SSTF Monthly Digest for June

June 13, 2019

This month’s update from Strong Start to Finish focused on Engaging institutions, Deepening our knowledge, and Growing a network.

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March 29, 2019
Inside Higher Ed
February 18, 2019
The Chronicle of Higher Education
November 28, 2018
Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette