Postsecondary Success Notes | The power of together

Postsecondary Success The Power of Together

Colleagues, A year ago at this time, I was thinking about a word I would choose to capture my hopes and goals for 2022. I chose TOGETHER in recognition of how collaboration has helped the higher education community navigate the disruption of a global pandemic and the partnership needed to continue the push for equitable opportunity in the face of stiff economic and fiscal headwinds. It turns out that word was a mixed bag for how the year unfolded. On the one hand, we were not always able to be together as frequently as hoped (with additional COVID variants causing disruptions to convenings and travel). Furthermore, higher education was not immune to the significant turnover in faculty and staff, which, coupled with continued enrollment declines may create headwinds for the equitable student success movement. On the other hand, I am enormously proud of the hard work of our team and that of our partners, charting a course toward better outcomes for all students, especially students of color and students from low-income backgrounds. Working together, we launched:

  • A groundbreaking initiative to create “best in class” courses in critical gateway subjects like statistics and chemistry, thanks to the efforts of Lumen Learning, Carnegie Mellon University, and Arizona State University

  • The Value Data Collaborative, a first of its kind state-led effort to improve the collection, reporting, and use of value-related data to improve student outcomes, led by the Institute for Higher Education Policy.

  • Our Transformation Intermediaries, a collaboration of six leading regional and national organizations that will catalyze and support transformation efforts at up to 250 colleges and universities over the next five years

If that seems like a lot, it is. And there is even more out there, like the work of the recently announced Higher Ed Equity Network and that of many other partners. But this moment in American higher education requires a lot in terms of innovation, collaboration, and determination. I am optimistic that TOGETHER, 2023 will bring real wins for these and other efforts to make equitable value a reality for more of today’s students. Regards, Patrick Methvin

Director, Postsecondary Success



From the Foundation

Tackling Institutional Transformation in Pennsylvania

Over the past four years, the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) has been on a transformation journey, one that includes multi-campus integration and pursuing financial sustainability. So what insights have campus and system leaders gained along the way? PASSHE chancellor (and foundation alum) Dan Greenstein shares some reflections in this new blog post.



From Our Partners


Strengthening Media Coverage of HBCUs

Open Campus, the only nonprofit journalism organization in the nation dedicated exclusively to higher education, recently announced the creation of an HBCU Student Journalism Network to create professional development opportunities for diverse student journalists and strengthen coverage of HBCUs. The network will launch in January 2023 with an inaugural class of six reporting fellows, who will focus on covering their campuses for regional and national audiences while exploring trends affecting the entire sector.




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