7) Fulfillment


The era when a high school diploma was enough to climb the ladder into America’s middle class is long gone. In today’s global economy, a college degree or market-ready credential has become the minimum requirement to access our nation’s social and economic opportunity ladders. Access to higher education, therefore, cannot remain a privilege afforded to a few when it has become a prerequisite to achieving greater success for all.

 For generations, the nation has focused on and celebrated, the increasing  number of students who make it to our nation’s first class colleges and  universities, whether  they  offer 2-year or 4-year degrees, or a market-ready  credential.  Unfortunately, for too many students, their ultimate goal of  graduation has eluded them. The nation must redouble its  efforts to ensure  that the goal in higher education is not only increased enrollment, but  increased graduation, attainment and completion as well.


We believe that public-private nonprofit partnerships, effective advocacy and meaningful engagement can drive reform and innovation, spur completion and attainment rates, and foster economic stability and growth in historically underserved urban communities.

In order to increase the number of students who persist to graduation and attain degrees and credentials, we need a clear-cut local, state and national focus that: