• HIGHER EDUCATION APPROPRIATIONS:
    A Framework for Equity in Illinois


    Read this latest study authored by the Partnership for College Completion

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  • Here's What Faculty Champions at 3 ILEA Institutions are Saying about Ensuring Equitable Outcomes on Campus.

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  • Illinois Equity in Attainment Institutions Release Their 2020-2025 Equity Plans.

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  • Here are 5 Actions Colleges and Universities Can Take Now to Invest in Racial Equity on Their Campuses

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  • What We Do

    What We Do

    PCC employs a 3-part strategy to ensure all students in the Chicago area graduate from college and achieve their career aspirations.

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  • Read PCC's Three-Part Series from its Recent Affordability Study: PRICED OUT

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37 %

37 %

university

Completion rates across the state for all low-income students who begin college are 37%, compared to 75% for their wealthier peers.

16 %

16 %

united states

In our community colleges, on average, only 21 % of all first-time, full-time students & 16% of low-income students will graduate
within 3 years.

How we accelerate action to close the graduation gap:

Technical Support

Technical Support

Expand and scale implementation of evidence-based approaches to increasing graduation rates at colleges and universities throughout the region and at public universities across the state.

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Public Policy

Public Policy

Lead, guide, and support local, state, and national legislative and administrative policy efforts to catalyze institutional reforms that accelerate and prioritize student success.

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Public Awareness

Public Awareness

Increase understanding, elevate public discussion,and create a greater sense of urgency related to increasing graduation outcomes through public reporting of data and championing successful efforts.

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Illinois In Context

Illinois In Context

Nationally, Illinois higher education achievement results are mixed. In 2013, Illinois' public universities ranked 13th in the nation with an average graduation rate of 62%. Community college graduation rates on the other hand ranked 19th with a completion rate of 22%.

Achievement gaps

Achievement gaps

Achievement gaps within many Illinois institutions range from 8% to 20% between Pell-eligible students and non-Pell eligible.
College completion crisis

College completion crisis

Illinois, like the nation, faces a college completion crisis. In 2015, 64% of students were graduating high school and enrolling in college, while only 28% were completing their programs at any college after 6 years.
Underrepresented student groups

Underrepresented student groups

At the majority of Illinois’ public universities, completion rates for low-income, first-generation and other underrepresented student groups range from 16% to 56%.
College student loss

College student loss

In 2015-2016, 16,461 residents left Illinois to attend other colleges, while only 2,117 residents of other states chose to attend Illinois’ public universities. Approximately 6,600 fewer students were enrolled in Illinois’ public universities this year than last.

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