The degree divide.

A national injustice.

OneGoal is a coalition of teachers, students, school leaders and education advocates working to close the college degree divide and ensure all young people can achieve their postsecondary dreams.

Our Approach

Great teachers
lead our work.


OneGoal is uniquely led by excellent teachers (Program Directors) already working in high schools. We support them
with a trailblazing curriculum, training and coaching, technology, and access to our partner postsecondary institutions.


Meet our Program Directors


We prioritize
underserved students.


We match each Program Director with a cohort of 25-30 students (Fellows) whose talents and strengths are often overlooked and whose postsecondary education prospects are limited due to academic and socioeconomic barriers.


Meet our Fellows


Our unique model is
proven to work.


Program Directors work with same group of Fellows from their junior year of high school through their first year of postsecondary education. Fellows explore their identities and aspirations, build academic skills, and learn to anticipate and overcome roadblocks to ensure they reach graduation.


Learn more about our Model


The Result


of OneGoal high school graduates
enroll in a postsecondary institution


of those who enroll
persist one year later

Our Stories


After serving as CEO for the past 12 years, Jeff Nelson will be transitioning to serve as chair of the board and current Chief Program Officer Melissa Connelly will be OneGoal’s new CEO.

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Fellows' Paths

OneGoal has started to roll out a new curriculum based on Culturally Relevant Pedagogy, which will better allow Fellows to develop their identities while building their postsecondary plans.

Read How This Curriculum Was Developed

Why we
do this

“I found trust in OneGoal. That trust allowed me to grow and expand on who I was. I used to get kicked out of my French class in high school. Just yesterday I was in France with 70 world leaders for the Paris Peace Forum.”

Robert Emmons
OneGoal Alumnus
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, class of 2017

Read Robert's full story

What makes
us unique


How does each year in our 3-year program differ from the other? Three of our Program Directors opened their classrooms to show you.

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