Always Racing to Connect Students With Success
Bob Caylor, Focus Magazine
Melvin Hines Jr. is an entrepreneur on a mission. As a teen in Albany, Georgia, Hines was disturbed by the high dropout rate among his high school classmates. That unease persisted when he went to college and saw scores of his fellow students hampered by economic and social inequities.
Hines took action. After earning three degrees of his own, Hines and a partner founded an educational software firm called Upswing. Today, Upswing's online products are helping more than 80 colleges and universities boost students' success by connecting them to peer tutoring, intensive advising, and other services.