The Graduate! RI initiative brings together partners in the community, government, higher education, business and industry to align existing resources, remove barriers, and create new pathways for adults to finish their degrees. The Rhode Island Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner is pleased to partner in this work, along with the College Crusade, RI Adult Education Professional Development Center, Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University, College Unbound, Rhode Island College, and the Community College of Rhode Island.
Recent census figures estimate that there are as many as 150,000 Rhode Islanders who have some postsecondary education but have not completed their degree. Enabling adult learners to complete their degrees is key to reaching Governor Raimondo's ambitious attainment goal of 70% attainment by 2025.
Graduate! RI is a community member of the Graduate! Network, a non-profit organization which provides a comprehensive model that is delivered regionally; building on existing local resources in workforce development as well as the needs and characteristics of returning adults students in each community. Currently, there are 20 Graduate! Network communities nationally working toward local postsecondary attainment goals. These goals align with the Lumina Foundation’s Strategic Plan for 2017 to 2020 which is committed to increasing national post-secondary attainment to 60 percent by 2025.
There are also resources available for returning learners on each campus:
Educational Opportunity Center @ CCRI
Liston Campus, Rm 2254, 1 Hilton St, Providence, RI 02905
Finish Strong @ RIC
600 Mt. Pleasant Ave, Providence, RI 02908
Finish-What-You-Started @ URI
Roosevelt Hall, 90 Lower College Rd, Kingston, RI 02881
Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Continuing Education, 80 Washington Street, Providence, RI 02903-1803