Successful Outcomes in Postsecondary Access and Completion

Research shows that more than any oth­er fac­tor, post­sec­ondary edu­ca­tion is asso­ci­at­ed with high­er earn­ing poten­tial, health­ier lives, and greater access to finan­cial sta­bil­i­ty. How­ev­er, too few stu­dents are able to enroll in, or com­plete col­lege. The real­i­ty is that often stu­dents of col­or and eco­nom­i­cal­ly dis­ad­van­taged stu­dents — who have the most to gain from a post­sec­ondary expe­ri­ence — have the least amount of access to high­er edu­ca­tion.

Our rec­om­men­da­tions
 Ensure access to rig­or­ous curricula,early post­sec­ondary oppor­tu­ni­ties, and effec­tive, high-qual­i­ty school per­son­nel for under­served stu­dents in high school.
 Report data in a clear, trans­par­ent, acces­si­ble way. Ensure stu­dent data is dis­ag­gre­gat­ed by sub­groups.
 Pur­sue and pro­mote access to insti­tu­tions of high­er edu­ca­tion by reduc­ing finan­cial bar­ri­ers for under­served stu­dents.
 Cre­ate diverse and inclu­sive col­lege envi­ron­ments by ensur­ing cam­pus­es take action to reduce iso­la­tion and provide tar­get­ed aca­d­e­mic and social sup­ports.
 Invest in high-qual­i­ty post­sec­ondary cor­rec­tion­al edu­ca­tion.