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Beating the Odds

HCM Strategists and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation convened a series of conversations with a diverse group of 32 postsecondary institutions about what it takes to help students — particularly low-income, minority and adult students — successfully earn a degree.

Beating the Odds: What It Means and Why It’s Important highlights these practices in action and provides a blueprint for others to follow. The report uncovered four key approaches that are necessary for any postsecondary institution to dramatically improve student success:

  • Help students prepare for the rigors of college
  • Focus on retention through student support systems
  • Find new and innovative ways for students to access postsecondary education
  • Demonstrate leadership in creating a culture of completion

The conversation continues at

A video of the September 2010 conversation is available below:

View the full report: BEATING THE ODDS