• Leveraging Networks to Increase Completion

    To reach the ambitious education attainment goals established by President Obama and a host of philanthropic organizations, higher education will need to use all of the tools in the completion toolkit, invent some new ones, and repurpose some of the old and faithful ones to amplify and expand on what they have been able to accomplish historically. 

    One high-leverage, but often-overlooked tool in the completion toolkit is networks. 


    A review of the literature (Kezar, 2014) identified mechanisms of social networks that enable change—communication systems, knowledge transfer, alteration of mindset, increasing problem solving, and accountability.[i]  Jobs for the Future’s postsecondary state policy team has been leveraging the power of...

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