Center for Postsecondary Innovation

The postsecondary sector is an essential precursor to entering a professional career. Yet it is elusive to many, especially students from minoritized and historically underserved backgrounds. Many who enter postsecondary school do not complete their degrees, and those who do often enter the job market saddled with excessive debt that prevents them from building the generational wealth instrumental to social and economic mobility. To help address these issues, the Carnegie Foundation established the Center for Postsecondary Innovation.

The Center for Postsecondary Innovation seeks to:

  • Significantly reduce cost as an obstacle to postsecondary access, enrollment, and completion
  • Identify, support, and grow new postsecondary models to accelerate students’ social and economic mobility
  • Improve the capacity of existing institutions and systems to increase enrollment, completion, and post-college outcomes for underrepresented student

The Center supports postsecondary leaders, scholars, and partners to build the knowledge and institutional capacity needed to ensure the college and socioeconomic success of Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian, Pacific Islander, and first-generation students, as well as students experiencing poverty and/or homelessness. We elevate those institutions that are serving young people well; spread and scale effective practices; catalyze others to build networks of institutions that improve together; and identify, amplify, and instantiate new and emergent models of postsecondary education that effectively serve those furthest from opportunity.. 

Our partners include: