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.


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.


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.


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:

Upcoming Event

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Conference on Acceleration in Developmental Education

The 2019 Conference on Acceleration in Developmental Education focuses on current research in the field of acceleration in developmental math, writing, integrated reading/writing, and ESOL.

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California Community Colleges Join National Strong Start to Finish Network

May 20, 2019

The Strong Start to Finish initiative, now impacting nearly 3.7 million students, supports systems and institutions to bring equity to higher education by supporting change at scale in policy and practice across the nation.

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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