Public Research Universities Increase Low-Income Graduates by Nearly 25 Percent

Three years ago, the University Innovation Alliance (UIA), which includes 11 universities across United States, set a goal to graduate an additional 68,000 undergraduates by 2025 with at least half of those students come from low-income families. Since 2014, the total number of undergraduate degrees awarded by UIA members has increased by 9.2 percent from 79,170 to 86,436.

From PostEverything: Free Tuition? Programs Should Focus on Students Who Started and Had To Stop.

A recent blog post by Sanford J. Ungar in The Washington Post discusses the need to focus policy conversations around increasing college enrollment to those who have some college education, but no degree.

Minority Serving Institutions Perform Better Than Federal Graduation Rates Suggest

A new report out from ACE’s Center for Policy Research and Strategy aims to provide a more complete picture of the contributions MSIs make to the higher education landscape and the communities in which they reside. The upshot: Ensuring the success of students of color requires further investment in the very institutions that educate them.

From Admission to Graduation: Fulfilling the Promise of Higher Education

How does higher education close the attainment gap and assure value for the communities that we serve? With the growing need for more college-educated adults—and the need and public demand for more affordable routes to college—transitional programs appear to be a key strategy, writes Webster University President Beth Stroble. But no single strategy is likely to address the complexities of the situation.

Beyond Graduation Rates: Why the Data Matter—and Why They Don’t

Carol Anderson and Patricia O’Brien of the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education in New England discuss the Graduation Rate Information Project, an initiative to address low graduation rates at the institutions their organization accredits.

The Potential of Degree Reclamation

In 2015, more than 35 million Americans aged 25 and older had completed some college but had not completed a degree. A recent report by the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), examines how two degree-reclamation initiatives, Project Win-Win and Credit When It’s Due, can be scaled up to the national level.

Equity Attainment Gaps Growing in Most States

A recent blog post from Young Invincibles examines equity gaps between white, African American and Latino students. Data shows that over the past 10 years, educational attainment gaps between white and African American students widened in 38 of the 45 states, and the gap between white and Latino students widened in 39 states and DC.

Reducing Barriers to Transfer for Community College Students

While access to a high-quality and affordable college education is essential, access means little if students are unable to meet their educational goals once they arrive, writes Jon Turk. A new brief from ACE and Hobsons explores upward transfer—the movement from a community college to a four-year institution—for students who matriculate soon after high school.

Institutions, Students and Degree Production: Increases Over the Past Decade

ACE’s Center for Policy Research and Strategy has released an updated version its Basic Facts About U.S. Higher Education Today infographic as part of the Higher Education Spotlight series. This analysis examines the diversity of the higher education landscape, student outcomes, and the widespread payoffs of a college education.

Goodwin College MOVE and WISE Students Find Success, Empowerment

A pair of programs at Goodwin College aim to support the academic and personal success of young men and women from disadvantaged backgrounds. MOVE and WISE are committed to empowering students with a sense of belonging and ownership while encouraging them to engage in enrichment opportunities, develop a sense of shared learning and pursue opportunities for personal growth.

Undergraduate Degree Earners Report, 2015-16

A recent report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center uses student-level data to examine differences between students earning their first postsecondary credential and those who went back to school to earn additional undergraduate credentials.

CUNY to Bolster Community College Graduation Rates

The City University of New York has announced a groundbreaking partnership with New York City to significantly increase graduation rates at its community colleges. CUNY will scale-up its already successful Accelerated Study in Associate Programs, with plans to grow the program from 4,000 to 25,000 students over the next three years and raise the graduation rate to 34 percent by 2025.