Presents key data that show the continuing educational inequities and opportunity gaps for students of color and low-income students and highlights promising practices that many colleges are taking to advance success for students of all backgrounds.
Summarizes the efforts of the Obama Administration in enhancing access and affordability of postsecondary education through its investments in financial aid, particularly in the form of Pell Grants. Building on this progress, the Administration is calling for new investments in the federal Pell Grant Program.
Provides federal guidance for colleges and universities that aims to help remove barriers that can prevent citizens with criminal records from pursuing higher education, including considering the effect of inquiring early in the application process whether prospective students have ever been arrested.
Discusses key takeaways from the State Policy Academy focused on foster youth in postsecondary education, including approaches taken by Colorado, Iowa, Oregon and Texas, and considerations to assist policy development supporting foster youth attainment.
Designed to assist leaders at postsecondary institutions in creating student-centered environments and engaging students in meaningful and transformative ways. The toolkit highlights the importance of empowering institution leaders, educators, students, and campus partners to celebrate and center the experiences of students when implementing and developing programs, policies, and practices designed to support learning and student growth.
Highlights promising practices from a dozen schools across the country that are doing the hard work of increasing college completion rates for students on their campuses. The report contains links to resources and stories written by institutions themselves and will serve as an additional resource for schools as they seek to promote student degree completion.
Provides a description of guided pathways and purpose first in higher education and how this strategy can help students obtain their degrees. The guide includes frequently asked questions, an implementation guide, an evaluation, and resources and tools.
Details commitments described in response to the President and First Lady's call to action, asking colleges and universities, nonprofits, foundations, businesses, state officials and other leaders to make new commitments to increase college opportunity. This report describes each commitment and offers a snapshot of diverse ways in which nearly 100 colleges and universities are making college affordable and accessible.