• FEATURED REPORT: Unequal Opportunity in Illinois: A Look at Who Graduates College and Why It Matters

    FEATURED REPORT: Unequal Opportunity in Illinois: A Look at Who Graduates College and Why It Matters

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December 6, 2018, Chicago, IL — In a proposal unveiled on Tuesday as part of its FY2020 budget recommendations, the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) is requesting a $25 million taxpayer subsidy to private institutions. If enacted, these funds have the potential to be either a carve out for higher income students, or a tool for improving eq...
Partnership for College Completion-sponsored resolution highlights urgency to prepare all students for demands of Illinois workforce   November 26, 2018, Chicago, IL—The Illinois House has committed the state to closing the large racial and economic achievement gaps in college degree attainment by 2025. In adopting the resolution ( HR1017 ), t...
The PCC held our first Illinois Equity in Attainment (ILEA) Summit on November 13, bringing together leaders of 25 colleges and universities, national education experts, and students to discuss how programs can be developed, shared, and implemented to eliminate institutional achievement gaps in college degree completion for low-income, fi...
https://dailyillini.com/news/2018/10/16/illinois-universities-pledge-to-end-racial-income-graduation-gaps-by-2025/ 16th Oct, 2018 BY THE DAILY ILLINI STAFF REPORT The University has joined 24 other colleges and universities across Illinois to help more working-class students receive college degrees by 2025. The project, named Illinois Equity in Att...
WBEZ News - Illinois Equity in Attainment October 9, 2018 WBEZ News - Illinois Equity in Attainment Includes interview with our Managing Director, Lisa Castillo Richmond.  ​
https://will.illinois.edu/news/story/initiative-aims-to-close-the-states-graduation-gap BY ANNA CASEY Twenty-five colleges around the state have signed on to a new initiative aimed at increasing graduation rates among students from underserved communities. The nonprofit Partnership for College Completion's Illinois Equity in Attainment Initiative &...
https://news.wttw.com/2018/10/02/chicago-area-universities-commit-closing-college-graduation-gaps By  Brandis Friedman Black college students in Illinois are only half as likely as their white counterparts to earn a four-year college degree within a six-year time frame. That research comes from a local education nonprofit that unveiled an ambi...
https://abc7chicago.com/education/illinois-colleges-university-work-to-help-first-generation-students-graduate/4394903/ By Sarah Schulte Twenty-five Illinois colleges and universities are making an effort to improve the graduation rates for African American and Latino students. Partnership for College Completion, a nonprofit that aims to provide mo...
https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/graduation-gap-college-completion-crisis-university-racial-income-illinois-equity-attainment-initiative-depaul-national-louis-roosevelt/ By Carlos Ballesteros Patrick Birden-Didona graduated from DePaul University in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in secondary education. The Belmont Cragin native was supposed to gra...
https://chicago.suntimes.com/opinion/college-enrollment-college-graduation-chicago-public-schools/ By  Sun-Times Editorial Board More students than ever are going on to college from Chicago Public Schools, but we haven't reached the end game yet. More than two-thirds — 68.2 percent — of the Class of 2017 enrolled in a two- or four-year college...
The AIM HIGH grant pilot program, Illinois' new merit-based financial aid program, intends to slow the exodus of Illinois' high school graduates leaving to attend college in other states. The University of Alabama and the University of Nebraska, for example, like other universities in neighboring states, are offering Illinois students attractive me...
http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/backstory/ct-biz-backstory-kyle-westbrook-20180807-story.html Kyle Westbrook grew up in Springfield expecting to be an astronaut, not an education activist. But his experiences led Westbrook, 44, to a career in education — as a history teacher at Lincoln Park High School, to an education policy leader in the o...
Illinois' higher education could certainly use a "reinventing," as the Chicago Tribune's recent editorial calls for, but it also needs some reinvesting. Since 2000, our high school graduates have increasingly moved out of state for college. And it's not just coincidence that our state's disinvestment in higher ed has been steady through administrat...
Yesterday the Governor signed HB5020, giving eligible low-income college students who receive need-based state financial aid priority access to an award in the following year. Under this new bill, beginning with the 2020-21 academic school year, Monetary Award Program (MAP) applicants who received a MAP award the prior year and who complete their F...
Letter to the Editor | Reverse Onerous State Cuts to Higher Education | Chicago Sun Times​ https://chicago.suntimes.com/opinion/reverse-onerous-state-cuts-to-higher-education/ Letter to the Editor | Reverse Onerous State Cuts to Higher Education | Chicago Sun Times​ We applaud the Sun-Times' focus on addressing the debt burden faced by too many of ...
Opinion | College for the Disadvantaged | The New York Times  | Read the Partnership's published comment to a recent article by New York Times columnist David Leonhardt on flat college degree completion rates despite significant increases in college enrollment for our lowest income students.  LISA CASTILLO RICHMOND CHICAGO The writer...
Article | Illinois Makes Paying For College Harder for Low-Income Students, But We Can Fix That | Education Post | A dizzying array of statistics illustrates this disturbing trend. Our public colleges and universities are meant to be engines of upward economic mobility, but too often are unable to lift up low-income and first-generation studen...
Article | Public Universities Increasingly Out of Reach for Illinois' Low-Income Students | The Chicago Reporter |       A large percentage of these students are African American and Latino. For these students of color, Illinois' system of higher education reinforces racial inequality, prevents social mobility and...
 Article | Degrees out of reach for many low-income Illinois students | The Times |          CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois' in-state college tuition and fees ranked fifth highest in the U.S. last year, and a new report says those costs are a major reason that degrees are increasingly out of reach for low-income students...
 Article | College degrees are out-of-reach for many low-income Illinois students | SaukValley.com |      About half of students eligible for need-based tuition help through Illinois' Monetary Award Program, or MAP, didn't' receive it because of insufficient state funding. This year looks better for higher education in Illi...

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