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Answering the Call: Institutions and States Lead the Way Toward Better Measures of Postsecondary Performance

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Jennifer Engle
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Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
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In this paper, we share what the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has learned from vanguard institutions and states about how to improve and use postsecondary data to increase student outcomes. Our aim is twofold. First, the field has demonstrated the validity and value of these metrics over time and we intend to use them to evaluate the impact of the foundation’s own investments toward increasing the attainment of career-relevant credentials and closing attainment gaps. Second, informed by evidence demonstrating the significant progress that select institutions and states have made through the use of improved data, the foundation will work with partners and policymakers to
support the widespread adoption and use of these metrics.