• 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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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...
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://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://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 &...
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...
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...
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...
Article | Degrees out-of-reach for many low-income Illinois students | WBEZ-FM / KWQC |      The Partnership for College Completion reports data from 2014 show low-income families in Illinois must set aside 63 percent of their total income for a student to attend a four-year institution. Executive Director Kyle Westbrook te...
Article | College Diploma Out-of-Reach For Growing Number of Low-Income Illinois Students | WBEZ |      A new report finds rising cost of Illinois colleges and lack of aid is making enrollment and graduation harder for low-income students.  The report also finds that Illinois was one of just four states that cut funding for...

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