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    A Framework for Equity in Illinois


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Dear Partners, I am so pleased to be writing to you in my new capacity as the second Executive Director of PCC, succeeding our founding Executive Director Dr. Kyle Westbrook last month. I am honored to have the opportunity to lead PCC's talented team in this next chapter, while continuing to expand our work with you – our partners – as you make pro...
A Letter from the Executive Director Dear ILEA Partners, Welcome to another new academic year that, paired with the colorful change of the seasons here in the Midwest, has always filled me with hope and excitement for the year ahead as both a student and an educator. I am so pleased to be writing to you in my new capacity as the second Executive Di...
Briefly describe a strategy in your Equity Plan that you have implemented. Include a brief description of how this strategy was chosen.Elgin Community College (ECC) wanted to help "near completer" students for whom predicative analytics showed were in danger of not completing their degrees, despite significant progress. The top reason students were...
1. What is your current role/title?I have been working with City Colleges of Chicago for six years. My current role is Assistant Director of Financial Aid. Before working at City Colleges of Chicago, I worked with the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC). I have a total of eight years working with state and federal aid. Where did you earn ...
Sen. Cristina Pacione-Zayas Senator Cristina Pacione-Zayas, former Associate Vice President of Policy for the Erikson Institute, an academic institution focused on child development where she led the Institute's efforts to create policies supporting young children, families, and communities, currently serves on the Education, Health, Higher Education, Human Rights and Revenue...
In this NewsletterED Letter | Snapshot of Federal Policy | Snapshot of Illinois Policy | State Policy We're WatchingGet to Know Illinois' Leaders | ILEA Happenings | Upcoming Events | Take Action Letter from the Executive Director When we look to solutions to address the urgency of reforming inequitable structures in higher education, we at PCC bel...
Dear PCC Partners, It is my honor and pleasure to be writing to you as the second Executive Director of PCC, succeeding our founding ED Dr. Kyle Westbrook in August. I have worked alongside Kyle over the past five years to build this organization, and it has been the most rewarding experience of my professional life. PCC's talented team; deeply com...
When the organization's first staff— then, its founding executive director Dr. Kyle Westbrook and its managing director, Lisa Castillo Richmond, traveled the state to meet with higher education leaders and legislators, they encountered many small pockets of reform work happening as well as some very promising larger initiatives. However, focused at...
As members of the Illinois Higher Education Network, we applaud Governor Pritzker in signing SB815 into law yesterday. With SB815's creation of a Commission on Equitable Public University Funding, Illinois is a step closer toward not only having a funding model that considers what it takes to ensure institutions have the resources to...
Dear PCC Partners and Friends: We are pleased to announce that Lisa Castillo Richmond, the Partnership for College Completion's (PCC) current managing director, will serve as the next executive director of the organization, effective August 1, 2021. The appointment comes following weeks of engagement by the Board with external stakeholders, includi...
Jonathan Lopez, PCC Communications and Operations Manager | July 12, 2021Institutions of higher education in Illinois continue to be confronted with the question of how to best serve the growing number of undocumented and DACA-eligible students on campus. Undocumented students contribute immensely to Illinois' institutions of higher education ...
The Partnership for College Completion (PCC) is pleased to see the result of the Illinois Board of Higher Education's (IBHE) very broad-based engagement with stakeholders around the state to ensure that many perspectives informed the development of its new strategic plan. Driven by goals for greater equity, sustainability, and growth, the plan refl...

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