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:

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CAPR Reimagining Developmental Education

CAPR’s 2019 conference will offer an opportunity for policymakers, educators, researchers, students, and other stakeholders to come together and exchange ideas about promising reforms to developmental education.

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SSTF Monthly Digest for November

November 14, 2019

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

Recent Press

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December 6, 2019
The Chronicle of Philanthropy
November 12, 2019
Times Higher Education
October 10, 2019
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