About Us
It's really about states...we're just here to help.

Our Work

Established in 2009, Complete College America is a national nonprofit with a single mission: to work with states to significantly increase the number of Americans with quality career certificates or college degrees and to close attainment gaps for traditionally underrepresented populations.

The need for this work is compelling. Between 1970 and 2009, undergraduate enrollment in the United States more than doubled, while the completion rate has been virtually unchanged. We've made progress in giving students from all backgrounds access to college - but we haven't finished the all-important job of helping them achieve a degree. Counting the success of all students is an essential first step. And then we must move with urgency to reinvent American higher education to meet the needs of the new majority of students on our campuses, delicately balancing the jobs they need with the education they desire.

Complete College America believes there is great reason for optimism ... and a clear path forward. With a little more support - and a lot of common sense - we can ensure that many more young people get the high-quality college education that will help the live productive and fulfilling lives. All Americans will share in the benefits of their success.

Program

Through research, advocacy, and technical assistance, we help states put in place the five GAME CHANGERS that will help all students succeed in college:

Members of our Alliance of States have pledged to take bold actions to (1) significantly increase the number of students successfully completing college and achieving degrees and credentials with value in the labor market and (2) close attainment gaps for traditionally underrepresented populations.

CCA STAFF
STAN JONESPresident
Stan Jones founded Complete College America in order to build a network of states committed to substantially increasing the number of Americans with a postsecondary credential.
CHERYL ORR DIXONSenior Vice President
As chief of staff, Cheryl provides strategic leadership, direction and oversight for Complete College America.
TOM SUGARSenior Vice President
Tom is responsible for Complete College America's external and legislative affairs.
MIKE BAUMGARTNERVice President, Finance and Special Projects
Mike is chief financial officer and administers the Completion Innovation Challenge Grant, grant evaluations, and common completion metrics.
DOMINIQUE RAYMONDVice President, Alliance State Relations
Dominique leads Complete College America's outreach, advocacy and communications with the Alliance of States, serving as a primary point of contact for state leadership teams.
BRUCE VANDALVice President
Bruce is former Director of the Postsecondary and Workforce Development Institute at the Education Commission of the States (ECS).
MOLLY BARRICKAssociate Director of Special Projects & Meeting Planner
Molly is Associate Director of Special Projects & Meeting Planner.
BLAKE JOHNSONAssociate Director of Communications
Blake is responsible for Complete College America's communications strategy.
Rachelle MerkelExecutive Scheduler
Rachelle is Executive Scheduler.
CCA BOARD
PHIL BREDESENFormer Governor, Tennessee
Phil Bredesen is a former two-term governor of Tennessee, serving from 2003 to 2011. Working with the state legislature, Bredesen in 2010 developed the nationally recognized Complete College Tennessee Act, making college completion a top priority for the Volunteer State.
JULIET GARCIAPresident, University of Texas at Brownsville
Dr. Juliet V. Garcia joined The University of Texas System as the president of The University of Texas at Brownsville (UTB) in January 1992. When she was named as president of TSC in 1986, she became the first Mexican-American woman in the nation to become president of a college or university.
JIM GERINGERDirector, Policy and Public Sector Strategies, Environmental Systems Research Institute; Former Govenor, Wyoming
Jim Geringer is fond of saying that he is an engineer by education, farmer by choice and governor by accident. He has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Kansas State University that enabled 10 years active and 12 years reserve service in the U.S. Air Force working with unmanned space programs of Air Force and NASA.
CHERYL HYMANChancellor, City Colleges of Chicago
As chancellor of City Colleges of Chicago (CCC), Cheryl Hyman is responsible for ensuring the success of more than 120,000 students. Her vision and goal for City Colleges in the 21st century is to build a world-class institution that not only prepares students to move into higher education as she did, but also provides the right skills to be employable.
WOODY HUNTChairman and CEO, Hunt Companies, Inc.
Woody L. Hunt is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hunt Companies, Inc., and its affiliated companies. He also serves as Chairman of the Hunt Family Foundation, a private family foundation he and his wife Gayle, established in 1987.
WILLIAM E. "BRIT" KIRWANChancellor, University System of Maryland
William E. Kirwan, Chancellor of the University System of Maryland since 2002 is a nationally recognized authority on critical issues shaping the higher education landscape. He served as President of Ohio State University (1998-2002) and President of the University of Maryland, College Park (1988-1998).
STAN JONESPresident, Complete College America
Stan Jones founded Complete College America in order to build a network of states committed to substantially increasing the number of Americans with a postsecondary credential.