Strong Start to Finish awarded grants totaling $8,525,000 to higher education systems committed to get students onto successful pathways to college completion while addressing attainment gaps for historically-underserved populations. Sites selected are City University of New York (CUNY), Ohio Department of Higher Education, State University of New York (SUNY) and University System of Georgia (USG).
Strong Start to Finish is a network of postsecondary leaders and funders committed to ensuring that all students succeed in their first year of college and enter a program of study reflecting their post-graduation professional goals. Strong Start to Finish’s ultimate purpose is to significantly increase the number of students completing degrees, licenses and certificates with labor market value, and doing so in ways that eliminate racial/ethnic and income gaps in achievement.
Strong Start to Finish grants will be awarded to applicants working aggressively on the "last mile" issues necessary to implement these effective reforms at scale in all their member institutions. Successful applicants will have made significant progress in developmental education and gateway course reform, as well as in strengthening academic and administrative support systems for ensuring all students have a successful first year in college and are on track for the timely completion of an academic or career program.
Eligible geographic areas are California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Washington state and Wisconsin.