How grantmakers can promote college success

July 22, 2010

In a new brief, Grantmakers for Education, a US-based membership organization for philanthropies that support improved education outcomes for students from early childhood through PSE, states that education philanthropy must now shift its sights from college access to success by providing support to ensure post-secondary students graduate. The brief cites several barriers that need addressing in order to drive a dramatic increase in PSE success. These include inadequate academic preparation at the K-12 level, a general lack of emphasis on completion, and arcane financial aid policies and procedures. Areas of action on the part of grantmakers, as outlined in the brief, include supporting efforts to align K-12 coursework will skills and subject knowledge needed for PSE success, investing in financial education models that reach students early, and supporting the expansion of new models for student services. Read the brief