The Helmsley Trust's U.S. Education Program seeks to improve U.S. economic competitiveness and foster social mobility by increasing the number of students who complete high school ready for college and careers and who can complete college ready to compete in the global, 21st century marketplace.  In K-12, we focus on supporting raising the bar to true college and career ready standards through stakeholder communication efforts and helping teachers shift their instruction to help students meet those standards.  In higher education, we are interested in improving the retention and graduation of majors in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines, especially for underrepresented populations, in addition to improving college graduation rates more broadly.  Our desired impact is that nationally more students will successfully graduate high school prepared for college and complete college ready for globally competitive careers, including greater growth and achievement for a diverse cross-section of students.