As a member of the National Expert Advisory Committee for the Strong Start to Finish (SSTF) initiative funded by the Gates, Kresge, and Great Lakes Foundations, James Applegate will be meeting with first round grantees in Washington, D.C., this week to assess their progress and share lessons learned.

SSTF funds efforts to scale up interventions proven to enhance college success, especially for underserved student groups. Current grantees include the City University of New York, State University of New York, Georgia, and Ohio systems of higher education.