The ideas and tools found on this site are a result of a larger project conducted on behalf of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. The project examined the shared values, equity-focused practices, and student success-centered initiatives of 13 institutions from the Frontier Set.
Each institution represented here works to address inequities in students’ experiences. This group represents a blend of two-year community colleges and four-year colleges and universities (2Y4Y). The four-year institutions represent a mix of those working with limited budgets, deeply engaged in their local communities, as well as better resourced Research 1 institutions (R1) addressing student success and equity issues, at a broad scale.
There are ideas and approaches here that may be valuable to others—not to be replicated, as each institution is following its own journey, but rather to serve as references for inspiration, consideration, and reflection. Institutions and intermediaries reviewing this material should find tangible examples, sourced from practitioners on “the frontier.”
The resources, tools, and methods on this site were inspired by conversations and observations, as well as guidance and input received from several Frontier Set institutions and intermediaries in the postsecondary space. The hope is that this website will both enable and inspire institutions to initiate, incubate, and accelerate transformational changes that center on equitable outcomes for the Black, Latinx, and Indigenous students and students from low-income backgrounds that these institutions enroll and serve.