College completion is necessary…but not sufficient

1/3
of employers rated college-educated entry level employees as “deficient” in their preparation.
Broadening the Definition of College and Career Readiness: A Holistic Approach (by ACT)
44%
of recent graduates work in jobs that don’t require a college degree
College to Career: Supporting Mental Health (by Jed Foundation)
Give your students the nonacademic skills necessary to succeed in the real world.

Need to scale … 17 million undergraduates

Current approaches do not meet the need or will not scale and new ones need to be developed.
LUMINA FOUNDATION STRATEGIC PLAN FOR 2017 TO 2020
Expanding postsecondary opportunity is essential to reduce the inequality that affects so many aspects of American life.
LUMINA FOUNDATION STRATEGIC PLAN FOR 2017 TO 2020
Scale your reach.

Your students lives’ are complicated

First-generation students…often describe themselves as unprepared for the isolation and alienation they felt upon entering college.
Moving Beyond Access: College Success for Low-Income, First-Generation Students (By The Pell Institute)
Getting a college degree really represents the outcome of a …journey. Too often, though, that journey proves hazardous.
A Primer on the College Student Journey (by American Academy of Arts and Sciences)
Give your students a safe space.