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First Three Grant Recipients for FFAA Fund

The Federal Financial Aid Advocacy (FFAA) Fund has awarded nearly $1 million in short-term grants to support innovative, timely advocacy activities that activate diverse stakeholders and advance federal policy making for financial aid programs—helping those connected to higher education to harness the power of persuasion.

Driving Better Outcomes

Driving Better Outcomes:Typology and Principles to Inform Outcomes-Based Funding Models is an in-depth look at the evolution of state outcomes-based funding policies over time and the types of policies being implemented across the country.

American Dream 2.0

A coalition of civil rights, student, business, higher education and philanthropic leaders issue The American Dream 2.0 and call for improvements in college completion and financial aid. The coalition came together because they see the promise of using incentives within the $226 billion financial aid system to help address our nation's college completion challenge.

Back To Basics

Back to Basics explores how the HIV/AIDS advocacy movement revolutionized patient engagement.

The report highlights 5 key elements of the advocacy model that can be used by today's patient advocates to catalyze significant public policy change.

Voluntary Institutional Metrics Project

A coalition of 18 institutions of higher learning collaborated for two years to develop a breakthrough framework for data consideration in policymaking. This new framework urges measurement of five critical issue areas.

Support provided by the

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


HCM Strategists is a public policy advocacy and consulting firm dedicated to making a difference in the lives of students and patients. We believe that good policy ideas are created when individuals are given a voice, and that sound public policy drives progress. We strive to align, advocate for and advance such policy to improve education and health outcomes.  Learn more

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