This Work Matters. When students achieve their dreams of earning a postsecondary degree or credential, we believe there are powerful benefits for the civic, economic, and social well-being of our nation. To meet the demands of the future, all students—especially those who have been historically underrepresented in higher education—must have equitable access to educational opportunity and excellence.
Early Intervention Is Key. We believe that postsecondary success is intimately linked to college readiness and that communities must begin addressing college readiness no later than middle school. When students have the commitment and drive to pursue their dreams and are equipped with the requisite academic skills, knowledge, and confidence to navigate the pathway to college or postsecondary training, success is likely to follow.
Partnerships Catalyze Success. We believe increasing postsecondary completion rates requires a comprehensive and systemic effort across the entire educational continuum. As such, we forge and nurture effective partnerships among key stakeholders in every community—K-12, higher education, government, community organizations, and businesses—to substantially improve the expectations, practices, and policies that drive student success at scale.
Focus on What Works. We believe that students, especially those from low-income communities, deserve to receive high-quality, proven or promising interventions that advance their educational and career aspirations. Effective systems of change management must embrace research and evaluation so that the best innovations to achieve college readiness are known, shared, replicated with fidelity and evaluated.