• September 3, 2015

Gates Foundation Awards $4-Million to Help 7 Cities Improve College-Completion Rates

In an effort to improve college-graduation rates, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded $4-million in grants to seven cities and to the National League of Cities' Institute for Youth, Education, and Families.

The grants, which were announced on Thursday, will be used to better coordinate services that colleges, public school systems, and communities provide to students. The cities are Dayton, Ohio; Jacksonville, Fla.; Mesa, Ariz.; New York; Phoenix; Riverside, Calif.; and San Francisco.

"Cities have not traditionally been focused on postsecondary success, but that is changing," said Donald Borut, executive director of the National League of Cities.

He said municipal leaders had turned their attention toward improving college-completion rates after recognizing that an educated work force is the foundation of a vibrant local economy.

The grants will support nine-month collaborative planning efforts in each of the seven cities. The foundation is considering allocating more money in 2010 to put in place, and expand, the most-promising ideas that result from the planning.


1. jiuding123 - November 05, 2009 at 08:28 pm

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2. deandst - November 10, 2009 at 10:08 am

In Hartford, CT the college going rate of high school graduates has been traditionally low. However, the mayor was really concerned about this issue and appointed a Blue Ribbon Commission to study and make recommendations. Many positive actions came out of this study. One initiative that the local community college did was to start a Junior Academy to provide early awareness to college and the processes needed to be admitted and be successful. This program is totally free to students and students can earn between three and nine college credits prior to enrollment in college. Since its inception four years ago 100% of these students have enrolled in an array of colleges.

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