Strada collaborates with students, policymakers, educators, and employers across the U.S. to strengthen the link between education and opportunity.
We prioritize policies, practices, and programs that help ensure postsecondary education provides equitable pathways to opportunity.
We advance our mission through research, grantmaking, social impact investments, public policy solutions, Strada-supported nonprofit organizations, and strategic initiatives.
Building an education-to-employment system that supports all Americans won’t be an easy task. But for millions of people working toward purpose-filled, prosperous lives, it’s an essential one. Through strategic philanthropy, engagement with policymakers, investments, and solutions and services — all informed by the latest research —we can create large-scale change. That’s our network effect.
Since 2014, we have advanced our mission through more than $120 million in strategic philanthropy, partnering with people and organizations developing promising and scalable models for education and workforce success. We engage directly with governors and other policymakers to connect education and employment, helping them to build a skilled workforce aligned with promising career pathways in their states.
While researchers at the Strada Institute for the Future of Work study how best to prepare people for a rapidly changing workplace, our Center for Education Consumer Insights team is partnering with Gallup to create the nation’s largest data set of education consumers’ perspectives on the value of their education.
Through our affiliate organizations, we deliver an array of solutions and services to individuals and institutions, supporting students and workers as they pursue education and careers and helping employers build talent pipelines for the future.
Strada Education Foundation supports programs, policies, and organizations that strengthen connections between postsecondary education and opportunity in the U.S., with a focus on helping people who face the greatest challenges.
We work to ensure education delivers better results for all students.
Providing access to postsecondary education isn’t enough. Neither is ensuring students complete it.
We build relationships with partners that share our vision for helping students realize the full value of education.
Research, grant-making, investments in promising solutions, and advocating for better state and federal policies — these are the ways we work to improve postsecondary education.
Together with policymakers and our partners, we will craft and advocate for policy solutions for postsecondary education.
We direct our efforts at five priorities that will improve the benefits students gain from postsecondary education.
Accurate information on employment outcomes should be available for all postsecondary education programs.
Every individual considering or pursuing postsecondary education can benefit from high-quality coaching.
Education after high school should be accessible to any student willing to invest the time and effort to pursue it.
All students should have the opportunity to benefit from quality work-based learning experiences, including internships and apprenticeships.
Policymakers and executives can partner to improve outcomes for individuals and employers.
Our Leaders Leadership Team Board of Trustees
Innovative leader brings an extensive track record of navigating through challenges to create effective education-to-employment data systems
Seasoned postsecondary education policy leader to oversee nonprofit organization’s advocacy work with state and federal policymaker
Three-year grants awarded to four institutions will support expansion of programs designed to help learners succeed during and after completion of their degree or credential. These programs deploy a broad range of strategies from new technology solutions to embedded, industry-recognized credentials, which will be made available to thousands of new learners through these grants.
Veteran corporate leader brings diverse range of experience to guide Strada’s legal team and serve organization’s Board of Trustees
Two-year grants will support proven partnerships that connect learners to education and in-demand employment opportunities and strengthen regional economies.
At a time of growing societal uncertainty about the value of higher education and declining enrollment, the views of alumni turn out to be particularly insightful. This group can provide especially valuable feedback about how their education experiences have enriched their lives, which can help us ensure that today’s students maximize all the benefits that college offers.
A rich mixture of skills gained in college improves post-completion outcomes for graduates
The list of benefits associated with earning a college degree is extensive and oft-repeated. It includes higher average lifetime earnings, employment security, greater self-esteem, and better health, among many others.
National Workforce Development Leader to Head Social Impact Organization’s Strategy and Innovation Team
A 12-week internship for individuals who are bold, curious, motivated team players — and passionate about advancing equity.
These anchor institutions provide critical platforms for the educational and economic advancement of their students.
Amid all of this disruption, the number of U.S. workers leaving or changing their jobs sharply increased. Known variously as the Great Resignation, Reshuffle, or Realignment, the trend has been cast in the cultural imagination as a collective desire on the part of the American workforce for more rewarding or meaningful work.
New Study from Strada Education Network Reveals a Silver Lining at a Challenging Time
Delaware State sophomore accounting major eyes and a different career path after viewing a wealth of options.
Sophomore engineering ‘rock star’ learns to become a leader while following in the HBCU grad footsteps of his parents and brother.
As a natural leader, student embraces opportunities to work in her field and build campus community
With a passion for writing and teaching, student seeks ways to teach while she’s still learning
Strada Education Network is pleased to celebrate the opening of the Jackie Robinson Museum in New York City.
Over the past 80 years, our nation has made great strides in improving access to college, and then ensuring that many more students could complete a college degree.
Spring 2022 enrollment numbers from the National Student Clearinghouse reveal a fifth straight semester of enrollment declines, with more than 1 million fewer students enrolled compared to spring 2020
The $4 million challenge funds community colleges and their local employer partners that are innovating to meet regional workforce needs, boost employment and earnings outcomes for students, and drive enrollment for community colleges.
Phase 2 allows Taskforce members to seek up to $1.5 million ($6.25 million total) to expand efforts to connect education to employment.
Higher education’s measurement of student success is in the midst of an evolution. For nearly five decades, success efforts focused on access, then two decades with completion as the horizon for success, and now the focus is extending to student outcomes beyond completion.
At the innovative Rochester campus of the University of Minnesota, our vision is to “inspire transformation in higher education through innovations that empower graduates to solve the grand health challenges of the 21st century.”
Ducks Rise: Empowering Underrepresented Minorities and Low-Income Students Through Research Internships and Intentional Student Experiences
Developing In-Demand Skills Among Undergraduates for Better, More Equitable Post Completion Outcomes
Access to college isn’t enough. Neither is completion of degrees. It’s time to focus on outcomes
When Zaldwaynaka “Z” Scott became president of Chicago State University in 2018, things were in pretty dire straits: The state budget had been slashed, operations rolled back, and the university had gone years without permanent leadership.
Our Mission is to Improve Lives by Forging Clearer and More Purposeful Pathways Between Education and Employment. We Seek to Understand Learners’ Needs Our research seeks to understand what students value about their educational experiences so we can better understand how to help them succeed through and beyond completion of certificates and degrees. We Support …
Credit for prior learning helped Loyce Shelley see herself in a new way — and complete her degree.