With support from Lumina Foundation for Education, the YEF Institute has launched a two-year initiative to engage cities in efforts to help young adults complete postsecondary education.
The Municipal Leadership for Postsecondary Success initiative will stimulate and strengthen local collaborations to increase the rate and shorten the time within which residents finish higher education with a degree, certificate, or other credential.
Increase Cities' Capacity to Reach Postsecondary Success Goals
Municipal leaders are increasingly aware that the competitiveness of their workforce - and in turn, the strength of their local economy - depends on the level of education residents attain. The new NLC initiative will strengthen cities' capacity to mobilize community stakeholders around shared goals for increasing local higher education completion rates. Through this initiative, the YEF Institute will:
Directly Engage Local Leaders
As key lessons emerge from local officials' efforts, the YEF Institute will identify and share effective strategies with cities and towns across the nation through a new online Resource Bank, a series of Municipal Action Guides, and other resources. These promising practices will derive from three important Lumina Foundation-supported activities led by the YEF Institute:
Support for NLC represents one of many targeted grants to achieve Lumina Foundation's Big Goal: Increase the higher education attainment rate in the United States to 60% by 2025. While the foundation's mission focuses on both student access and success in higher education, its emphasis is on attainment, defined as completing associate and baccalaureate degrees and credentials.
Support from Lumina Foundation directly leverages and complements the Communities Learning in Partnership initiative, a YEF Institute partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation through which four cities are implementing large-scale postsecondary success strategies through 2013.