Purposeful Progress

Our mission is to improve lives by forging clearer and more purposeful pathways between education and employment.

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Key Findings


$51.8M in philanthropic grants managed through 61 strategic partnerships that were active from 2018 to 2020, supporting nonprofit and state efforts to promote student success and drive important changes in education and training programs.


350,000+ individuals surveyed to create the nation’s largest dataset of education consumer perspectives, which will be made available to researchers as part of the newly established Strada Center for Consumer Insights.


$7.4M provided to states through the National Governors Association and Education Commission of the States, and direct investments in Indiana and Rhode Island.


80+ hours of interviews with adult learners, which informed the development of a learner-centric future education- to-work model that provides more flexibility, support, and integration between work and learning.

Strada’s mission is to improve lives by forging clearer and more purposeful pathways between education and employment. While many Americans benefit from college degrees and advanced training every year, there are others — particularly people of color and those in low-income communities — who do not.

Working on behalf of those left behind, we strive to make the system more equitable so that it can better serve all learners.


Who We Serve


To change the education-to-workforce system, Strada is focused on building pathways for the segments of America’s population that the higher education system systematically underserves. We see these systemic failures not only as a serious threat to opportunity, but also as a chance to deploy our distinctive network to make good on education’s promise of social and economic mobility.

44 million working-age adults who face the greatest income and educational inequities.

10 million college students who face systemic barriers to achieving their educational goals.

6 million opportunity youth who are not currently in school, training, or working.


What We Believe


We envision a future education-workforce system that puts the needs of the education consumer at the center — a future in which all Americans are equipped to learn and earn throughout their lives. In this future, learners will have a clear view of the skills and credentials they will need — and access to multiple pathways to obtain them — so they can launch and sustain fulfilling careers, support their families and communities, and grow our economy.


How We Work


As a social impact organization, Strada Education Network leverages the power of its entire network to approach challenges from multiple angles. We are not only a research institute, or an advocate for policy innovation, or a philanthropy, or a service provider. We engage in all of these areas in a coordinated effort to drive lasting change.


We develop actionable insights into education and work through research and experience, and we share those insights with education and workforce leaders.


We mobilize change-makers by convening and collaborating. Together, we develop ideas we can turn into action.


We work to accelerate change by building a more equitable education-workforce system that enables social mobility and allows individuals from all backgrounds to succeed.


How We Measure Impact


We evaluate our success by measuring outcomes against relevant state and national benchmarks in three specific areas centered on learners’ educational experiences. We place particular focus on members of our priority populations as we work to increase equity in education and workforce outcomes.


We advance the completion of degrees and credentials for more Americans.


We believe degrees and credentials must have financial and career value for those who earn them, as measured by their usefulness in helping people obtain jobs, improve earnings, and advance in their careers throughout their lives.


We want postsecondary education to provide purpose to learners and connect them to fulfilling careers, which means they should be satisfied with the relevance of their education to meeting their career and personal goals in the near term and into the future.

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