Gates Foundation Refocuses Higher-Ed Priorities

TO-DO LIST: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today released an updated list of priorities that it will double down on in higher education. Improving data infrastructure, simplifying federal financial aid and supporting student-centered pathways are among the foundation’s areas of focus for the upcoming year.

Last year it released its first-ever list of higher-ed priorities. Dan Greenstein, director of the foundation’s Postsecondary Success Strategy, tells Politico’s Morning Education that the updated version represents a “get smarter” phase of implementing actual solutions.

Throughout September the foundation is running a campaign called “Today’s College Students” to highlight colleges and universities serving the “new majority” of students, including those who work full-time, are older than 25 years old and receive some kind of financial aid.

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