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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Postsecondary Success strategy aims to double the number of low-income young adults, who by age 26, earn a postsecondary education credential with value in the labor market. This can be either a bachelor's degree, associate degree or certificate. Research shows a postsecondary credential is the best path to success for poor students. The Foundation's long-term vision of success is a nation where all students who have the desire to earn a college degree or credential will also have the way to get one.

Center for Research in Educational Equity, Assessment and Teaching Excellence (CREATE)

Housed at the University of California, San Diego, CREATE addresses the postsecondary underrepresentation of low-income minority youth by forming collaborations between UCSD and local elementary and secondary school districts; offers the highest quality of education to 700 students at the on-campus model school, The Preuss School; conducts research on improving educational opportunities for underserved students; and offers innovative teacher education and professional development opportunities for local educators. The CREATE approach enables the university to bring its most vital resources--faculty and students--to support local schools and school districts. Faculty members help to introduce the latest innovations in learning and test their effectiveness. UCSD students act as tutors, mentors and role models for K-12 students, providing a constant reminder that ethnic or economic circumstances are not obstacles to receiving the best possible education.

UCLA's Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access (IDEA)

The Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access is a network of UCLA scholars and students, professionals in schools and public agencies, advocates, community activists and urban youth. IDEA's mission is to make high-quality public schooling and successful college participation routine occurrences in low-income neighborhoods of color. Research and advocacy are the tools IDEA uses to empower individuals, build relationships, and create knowledge for civic participation and social change. Linking a great public research university with committed educators and supportive community alliances, IDEA seeks to become the intellectual home of a broad-based social movement that challenges the pervasive racial and social class inequalities in Los Angeles and in cities around the nation.


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