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College & Career

Every student deserves the opportunity to excel in college and career. As such, WestEd staff provide expertise on effective practices and transition strategies focusing on secondary education, community colleges, universities, adult education, and workforce development.

We conduct research and evaluation studies, develop and visualize measures of college and career readiness, help states establish policies and plans, and provide evidence-based professional development, courses, and related services that strengthen pathways to student success in higher education and beyond.

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Making a positive difference in the field

  • Staff photo of Mary Rauner

    Mary Rauner

    Senior Research Associate

    Mary H. Rauner is a Senior Research Associate at WestEd and the lead for REL West’s California Rural Education and Career Partnerships Alliance, and the Arizona Partnership for Education and Career Success.

  • Linda Friedrich

    Linda Friedrich

    Director, Literacy

    Linda Friedrich is the Director of the Strategic Literacy Initiative (SLI), which has a proven track record for improving disciplinary literacy in middle school, high school, and college.

  • Karon Klipple

    Karon Klipple

    Executive Director, Carnegie Math Pathways

    Karon Klipple directs the Carnegie Math Pathways, a network of faculty members, researchers, designers, students, and content experts committed to increasing student success in developmental mathematics and overall college and career outcomes.