Completion by Design strives to improve community college graduation rates

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation enacted the Completion by Design initiative to encourage more community college students to graduate.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation enacted the Completion by Design initiative to encourage more community college students to graduate.

According to a 2010 survey by the Pearson Foundation, a significant number of community college students struggle to graduate, despite the many benefits of earning a higher education degree. In just the first few weeks of classes, about one in six individuals said they either dropped out or seriously considered doing so. This was generally due to difficulty balancing family and work schedules.

In order to convince more community college students to finish their degree, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation enacted the Completion by Design initiative. According to it's website, the program aims to increase the graduation rates for low-income students by providing grants to schools across the country. The initiative has three phases and will take about five years to complete.

Recently, officials from Texas' Lone Star College System announced that they have been chosen for one of these grants, the Paper Magazine reports. During the first phase of Completion by Design, the Texas schools will receive $500,000 for a planning period, the news outlet reports. If their ideas are approved, the colleges will receive additional funding.

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