Harper College will join a diverse set of thirty-one high-performing two-and four-year colleges and state systems with the goal of creating a new model of partnership and sharing best practices to improve student outcomes in higher education. Harper was selected as one of twelve community colleges nationwide to participate in the Frontier Set. Invitation to apply was based on the following:

  • Strength of student outcomes and improvement in outcomes over time
  • Enrollment size and student demographics
  • Potential to set new standards for improvement in student outcomes and postsecondary attainment, particularly for low-income, first-generation students and students of color

As a member of this community, Harper College is committed to integrate key solutions within broader efforts to strengthen pathways to completion and transfer through redesigning advising, enhancing digital learning and courseware, and strengthening developmental education. Each member institution in the Frontier Set will share data about student outcomes, document success and challenges, and share insights and assess best strategies.

The Frontier Set is an integral part of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s efforts to increase postsecondary credential and degree attainment. The community college members of the Frontier set receive a four-year grant for $630,000 that is managed by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program.