• 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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What is your role at the College of Lake County? I have served as the Assistant Director of Institutional Effectiveness, Planning, & Research at CLC since 2012. As CLC works to centralize and institutionalize our student success work, I will be serving as the Assistant Director of Student Success Strategy and leading a newly formed Student Succ...
​ The College Board, which markets and sells the SAT, announced last week that it will release an "adversity index" that it has been testing for the past several years, to all colleges by 2020. This index aims to put students' academic achievements into the context of where they lived and attended high school. This measure of relative advantage or ...
​ To: Mayor-Elect Lori Lightfoot Re: Prioritizing Equity in Postsecondary Education for Chicago's Students Who We Are The Partnership for College Completion (PCC) is a non-profit organization aimed at eliminating state and institutional achievement gaps in college degree completion for low-income and first generation students and students of color ...
​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Meet Dr. Lisa Petrov, Dominican University What is your role at Dominican University? Right now I am the Title V Project Director. Our project is "Strengthening Advising, Teacher Education and Our HSI Identity." Normally I am faculty in Spanish, and I teach a freshman seminar. I arrived at Dominican in 2008, just at the ...
​ On Thursday, April 11th, the first annual ILEA Spring Summit was held at the Northern Illinois University Naperville campus where over 180 staff, faculty and administrators from the ILEA cohort convened to hear from a number of institutions engaged in equity best practice work and engage and connect with one another. After a warm welcome from NIU...
​ At the Spring Summit, it was announced that the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) Postsecondary Data Partnership will be the mechanism by which ILEA colleges and universities share data with the PCC as part of the Initiative. The Postsecondary Data Partnership is a new effort administered through NSC to help colleges and universities more effi...
In 2018, the Illinois Legislature passed SR 1647 and HR 1017, which direct the Illinois P-20 Council to acknowledge the significant disparities in college completion and postsecondary attainment rates for low-income and first generation college students and students of color across Illinois, and to update the State's postsecondary attainment goal "...
https://www.northernpublicradio.org/post/college-student-success-gaps-persist-how-can-schools-close-them April 17, 2019 By  PETER MEDLIN - WNIU News This past week, leaders from community colleges and universities across northern Illinois met to brainstorm how to close college completion gaps based on race and income level. Over 20 schools joi...
Increasing MAP by $50 Million: A Good Start to Supporting Low-Income Students Today, the Governor pledged an additional $50 million for the state's Monetary Award Program (MAP), bringing total funding to around $450 million. This recommendation falls short of the State's higher education agencies' (IBHE, ICCB, as well as ISAC) requested $100 millio...
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...

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