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    A Framework for Equity in Illinois


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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 RICHMONDCHICAGO The writer is...
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 ...
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...
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 Illin...
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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