Postsecondary Success

Ensure More Students Get to and Through Higher Education

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In the Bay Area, a place with significant opportunity, all students who want a college education should have the support they need to achieve their educational goals and unlock an array of quality careers. However, every year, thousands of highly capable students in San Francisco and Alameda Counties graduate from high school but do not have the opportunity to go on to earn a certificate or college degree, making it more challenging to earn enough money to live in the Bay Area. Many more will attend a local community college or public university but will not graduate – a phenomenon disproportionately affecting students who are the first in their families to go to college, students who come from low-income households, and students of color. Meanwhile, the need for higher education and technical training for jobs has increased dramatically and will continue to grow.

We believe in an inclusive Bay Area where all students can access the region’s vast economic opportunities. By 2029, we will ensure that our region’s most consistently underresourced students enroll, persist through, and graduate with the skills they need to pursue their career goals at the same rates as any of their peers.

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To reach our goal,

the Stupski Foundation will invest in the following initial strategies in the Bay Area:

Boost High School-into-College Advising

Partner with community-based organizations that deliver and/or enhance academic, financial, and career advising offered in high school and college

We are partnering with community-based organizations (CBOs) that provide academic, financial, and career advising to youth to increase the number of students who pursue postsecondary degrees and credentials and living-wage work opportunities. The CBOs will provide college and career advising services to students in late high school and/or college and enhance existing advising that schools provide. These supports will help students make informed choices about their academic and early career journeys. Supports may include a range of activities such as helping students define their education and career goals; assisting students in navigating the college financial aid process; providing opportunities for career exploration; and coaching students to strengthen their social, emotional, and relational skills.

Use Data to Close Equity Gaps

Establish predictive analytics and proactive advising processes and systems within the California State University system

To close persistence and graduation equity gaps so students complete their degrees or certificates, we are partnering with local California State University (CSU) campuses to strengthen their predictive analytics and proactive advising practices. The Foundation will also partner with CSUs to improve data collection technology and workflow. As a result, our partners will be able to use predictive tools to proactively identify students’ needs and provide tailored supports. These supports, designed with each student, will range from academic, financial, and career advising to meeting basic needs such as food security and emergency financial aid. With this system in place, CSUs will be better equipped to intervene early and meet each student’s needs.

Improve Access to Basic Needs & Career Supports

Increase students’ access to services through integrated student supports that make it easier to pursue their education and secure a living-wage job

The Foundation is interested in increasing access to “one-stop,” co-located services that are coordinated to assist students holistically. Co-located services are carefully coordinated and may include food assistance, emergency grants, financial literacy instruction, and other basic needs supports. They may also include career advising and other programs that assist students in clarifying personal and career goals. Additionally, the Foundation is committed to helping students complete their coursework at a community college and successfully transfer to a university or secure a living-wage job. However, we know that students often cannot afford basic necessities while in school. We will support students in managing the staggering non-tuition costs of attending college, which include transportation, food, housing, textbooks, and more.

In Hawai‘i, Stupski invests in organizations aligned with our focus areas. We are developing specific Hawai‘i strategies and investments in collaboration with the Hawaiʻi Community Foundation and our other partners across the islands over the next year. We look forward to sharing those strategies soon.