HCM Strategists (HCM)

Last Updated: 05/20/2024

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HCM Strategists (HCM) is an impact-driven consulting firm focused on the transformative power of education to improve social and economic mobility. Founded in 2008, its goal is to be practical problem solvers contributing to meaningful and equitable change for communities underserved by our education systems.

HCM focuses in pre-K, K-12, postsecondary, and work-based learning to improve social and economic mobility for all. HCM's approaches include work across the political aisle to achieve the greatest impact, considering the unique context of each state in which it works, bridging the gap between public policies and the people they affect -- within its core mission of equitable outcomes for all learners.

In 2023, HCM published new research:  A Typology and Policy Landscape Analysis of State Investments in Short Term Credential Pathways.

Examples of work:

  • Exploring the Exodus from Higher Education & Ways to Fix It (working with the Gates Foundation)
  • Partnering with EDGE Research for the Gates Foundation to ask over 1600 high school graduates in seven states (California, Florida, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington) why they are opting out of college.
  • Providing Strategic Counsel for Redefining Rural Education, working with the Alliance of Regional Rural Colleges (ARRC) - a new advocacy and research organization challenging Capitol Hill leaders to rethink how they evaluate and fund rural and regional colleges.
  • TransferBOOST - partnering with the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) to ensure transfer policy and practice meet the needs of today’s students (TransferBOOST is part of ECMC Foundation’s Catalyzing Transfer Initiative (CTI), a national shared learning and collaboration effort between high-impact non-profit organizations that build, manage, and activate new ways to increase successful transfer of postsecondary credits and timely bachelor’s degree completion among marginalized racial and ethnic groups).


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