Postsecondary Attainment

Our rapidly changing economy demands we improve postsecondary credential attainment. Postsecondary credentials—including high-quality certificates, 2-year, and 4-year degrees—provide youth and adults a substantial leg-up in the economy, strengthen civic participation and help all states build a robust, competitive workforce. We help higher education systems and institutions adopt more effective student transition, placement, and support strategies.

Use attainment goals to spur action

Higher education leaders in more than 40 states have set postsecondary attainment goals aligned to our economy’s new demands. Yet, too few K-12 systems have aligned their goals to put students and the state on a path to success. And too many states are operating without a clear plan for increasing postsecondary preparation and success. ESG brings K-12 and higher education leaders together to identify gaps in student success, set aligned attainment goals, and, most importantly, develop a collective plan for meeting those goals.

Increase access and readiness

Millions of youth graduate high school, but need remediation in college. This is costly and frustrating for students and states. ESG works with states and regions to create incentives and provide supports for more K-12 students and returning adults to enter college prepared to succeed.

Support retention and completion

Significant hurdles stand in the way of students attaining a postsecondary credential or degree. ESG works with states, systems, and institutions to identify and remove barriers that derail students and deploy systems to support more students on their pathways to credentials.

Align with the workforce

More than two-thirds of all jobs will require some postsecondary education and training by the end of the decade. ESG helps states and regions identify the postsecondary credentials most important to the state’s economic development strategy and prioritize their growth.