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Working together, we can help more college students succeed.

Take action to improve equity in postsecondary education.

Achieving scale will require broad ownership and participation among the range of partners and peer organizations who have made meaningful contributions over time.

Here are some ways you can get involved.

Learn about bringing evidence-based design principles to scale.

We’re working to help colleges reach more students who are traditionally underserved through the implementation of evidence-based design principles, to achieve better outcomes for students. A series of competitive grants will be awarded to postsecondary systems, metro areas and institutions to help them put these principles into practice.

Reforms consistent with these principles have had a dramatic effect on the success rates of students in the regions and institutions where they have been implemented.

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Join our network of peers.

Strong Start to Finish is establishing an active network to empower funded sites, technical assistance providers, nonprofit partners and philanthropy to share learning and think collectively about key challenges and opportunities.

Teams from funded sites and those working on knowledge management will sit at the core of this network. In addition, key nonprofit partners and funders will be encouraged to engage in sharing knowledge, resources and ideas for the benefit of the developmental education reform field.

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Join the funding collaborative.

Strong Start to Finish received initial funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates and The Kresge Foundation. Education Commission of the States is the coordinating intermediary. We welcome foundations interested in contributing funds and knowledge to contact us to learn more.

We invite philanthropic peers to get involved by:

  • Contributing funds to help increase the number of low-income students, students of color and returning adults who pass college math and English in their first academic year.
  • Investing in knowledge development and evaluation to better understand return on investment and interventions that succeed with large numbers of students.
  • Collaborating with us to strategically align grantmaking in support of historically underserved student populations.

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Let’s work together to deliver on the promise of higher education.