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    A Framework for Equity in Illinois


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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), the ...
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, 2018BY 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 Atta...
WBEZ News - Illinois Equity in Attainment October 9, 2018 WBEZ News - Illinois Equity in AttainmentIncludes 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&n...
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 ambit...
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 mor...
https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/graduation-gap-college-completion-crisis-university-racial-income-illinois-equity-attainment-initiative-depaul-national-louis-roosevelt/ ByCarlos 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 grad...
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...
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...
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...

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