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Washington, D.C. (Mar. 20, 2024) – For millions of college students, the journey through higher education ends much too early. They leave their institutions before earning the certificate or degree that they’re seeking. These students are out the time and money they spent in higher education, left with student debt they often cannot afford to repay, and are unable to reap the full benefits that their program promised in their careers.

Colleges can, and should, do more to prevent these harmful student outcomes. We have a robust and growing body of evidence that schools can implement policies and practices that help their students succeed in higher education. I applaud Sen. Heinrich (D‑N.M.) and Reps. Stansbury (D‑N.M.) and Chavez-Deremer (R‑Ore.) for this week’s introduction of the Postsecondary Student Success Act, which would work to maximize students’ and taxpayers’ investments in higher education by supporting institutions in building and scaling promising and proven practices. 

Already, Arnold Ventures has open Requests for Proposals to support the rigorous evaluation of higher education interventions that bolster retention and completion. As colleges and universities engage in the hard work of improving the quality and value of their institutions, with the support of policymakers through this legislation, we are excited by the shared commitment to rigorous and evidence-driven progress in Congress today.” 

Kelly McManus
Vice President of Higher Education
Arnold Ventures

Arnold Ventures is a philanthropy dedicated to tackling some of the most pressing problems in the United States. It is a team of more than 120 subject-matter experts headquartered in Houston with offices in New York and Washington, D.C. It works in five key issue areas: Criminal Justice, Education, Health, Infrastructure, and Public Finance. Its work is guided by Evidence-Based Policy, Research, and Advocacy.