Postsecondary Access and Success

By 2018, 62 percent of jobs in the United States will require a college education, yet college completion rates lag dramatically, with only 38 percent of young adults aged 25-34 holding a postsecondary degree. The graduation rates for students of color, low-income youth, and first generation college goers are even lower, further widening the disparity gap.

In response, stakeholders across the educational system, including K-12 school districts, higher education institutions, community organizations, governments, philanthropy, and businesses, are testing strategies to increase student college entry and completion rates. Initially focused on issues of academic preparation, knowledge about how to get to college, and on providing student supports and financial guidance, postsecondary stakeholders are now tackling institutional policy and system practices that have impeded higher education completion. Rigorous data analysis is helping to identify curricular misalignment, faulty financial aid formulas and processes, and the lack of accountability for student success.

For the past decade, OMG professionals have been national thought leaders in planning and evaluating multi-faceted postsecondary success strategies that reform fundamental policy and practice. Our OMG team is currently working on numerous national, leading-edge initiatives that aim to systemically improve postsecondary success opportunities for all youth and young adults.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Community Partnerships for Postsecondary Success Portfolio
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Citi Foundation’s Postsecondary Success Program (PSP)
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Posse Foundation Capacity Evaluation
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John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Graduate!Philadelphia Program
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Student African American Brotherhood (SAAB)
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Partnerships for College Access and Success Initiative (PCAS)
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McCabe Fund
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Partners in Postsecondary Education Success
Read our Voices feature about OMG’s partnership with DVP-PRAXIS LTD.
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OF INTEREST
The Student African American Brotherhood (SAAB): Building a positive peer community based on a community support Learn more >
Assuring Quality while Scaling up in College Access: OMG Assesses the Posse Foundation’s Capacity for Expansion Learn more >
Pathways to Completion Report Learn more >