Providing students with the support and guidance they need to thrive on their journey to and through college.
In a global and increasingly automated economy, college completion is an urgent priority for the future competitiveness of our country. By 2020, 65% of all jobs will require some form of post-secondary education. One-third of all college students are first-generation, yet only 27% earn degrees within four years. Similarly, only 26% of students with financial need graduate college on time, compared to 76% of their more affluent peers. Our partner organizations are eradicating these statistics: the majority of students they serve achieve a college degree regardless of their circumstances.
College Completion Colleagues (C3) Initiative
Several organizations in the Greater Washington region are wholly dedicated to getting students to and through college. To help these organizations connect with and learn from one another, the Crimsonbridge Foundation partnered with the Scheidel Foundation in 2017 to launch the College Completion Colleagues (C3) Initiative.
The C3 Initiative brings together six nonprofits advancing college completion for nearly 4,000 students in the Greater Washington region who are first generation college students or demonstrate financial need. The organizations gather three times per year to discuss challenges, share best practices, and embrace opportunities for collaboration. While each organization takes a unique approach to its work, all are dedicated to shepherding students on their entire journey to and through higher education.
Advancing College Completion for Latino Students
More Hispanics are enrolling in college than ever before, yet only 22% of Latino adults have earned an associate’s degree or higher, compared to 39% of all adults. In an effort to improve college outcomes for Latinos, the Crimsonbridge Foundation supports MDRC through the Latino Academic Transfer and Institutional Degree Opportunities (LATIDO) project.
The goal of the LATIDO project is to identify how higher education institutions can best serve Latino students. In April 2018, MDRC released a policy brief that reflects insights from a roundtable of researchers, policymakers, and college faculty members and administrators. Read the report: “Supporting Latino College Achievement: Insights from the LATIDO Roundtable.”
In addition, the LATIDO project conducted five in-depth case study visits at Hispanic-Serving Institutions in California. The findings of the LATIDO project are applicable to local and national institutions seeking to improve post-secondary outcomes for Latino students. Stay connected for updates