Individuals with higher levels of education are shown to have better health outcomes, are less likely to receive Medicaid assistance, and are more likely to be insured, thus decreasing various measures of societal cost. The Alliance for Excellent Education wanted to expand the economic and social impacts related to reaching a high school graduation rate goal of 90% or higher at the national, state, and Metropolitan Statistical Area levels. This was referred to as The Graduation Effect project.

Tripp Umbach worked closely with the Alliance for Excellent Education to ensure a final economic and societal impact model and executive summary report document that served the interests of expanding The Graduation Effect project. Special effort was made in this assignment to validate and revise assumptions from previous economic impact analysis models, such as the rate at which students in different geographic regions and of different socio-economic groups continue their education.