I hope that you were able to enjoy some summer rest. While I didn’t quite make it through my summer reading list, the time in nature with my family more than made up for it. 😊Washington Monthly, whose rankings focus on the right things, like opportunity for students from low-income backgrounds.
But the biggest takeaway was the shared desire among participants for immediate and concrete action. As a foundation, we have been working on—and learning about—institutional transformation for more than a decade. The time has come to take all of that work and learning and put it into action at hundreds of colleges and universities nationwide. Keep reading for more about major investments we are making to support fundamental change in academic and operating models at institutions committed to better serving today’s and tomorrow’s students.
I believe that we are truly on the edge of an evolutionary moment in higher education. The demand for change is clearly there and our collective knowledge about the “what, why, and how” of change is rapidly growing. The essential element now is the will to change, and I urge all of us to think about how we can be part of the change that needs to happen to make opportunity real for more of today’s students.
Last month I had the opportunity to participate in a higher education summit hosted by Secretary Cardona and the U.S. Department of Education, which was the energizer I needed heading into a new academic year. There was a palpable sense of urgency among attendees about the need for transforming colleges and universities to be more student-centered and equity-focused, as well as a renewed determination to redefine prestige and excellence in higher education. As many of you probably read, the secretary pulled no punches in calling out college rankings that focus on the wrong things, and we are proud to partner with
Director of Postsecondary Success in the United States Program