• NEW FEATURED REPORT:
    Priced Out: Rural Students, On Illinois’ Disinvestment In Higher Education & What Can Be Done About It

    Read more

​For many college students, institutions of higher learning address not just academic needs, but basic non-academic needs as well. College offers a reprieve from housing and food insecurity, access to health care and childcare, income through campus jobs, and a sense of community and purpose. In the wake of the coronavirus however, that stability h...
Dear PCC Friends and Supporters, ​ It is my hope this message finds you well and focusing your energies on the health and well-being of yourselves and your families as the coronavirus outbreak continues to slow public life considerably, and threaten the health of all our communities. In these rapidly-evolving times that are disrupting the lives of ...
February 21, 2020 by KATE MCGEE - WBEZ The budget plan unveiled by Gov. JB Pritzker's this week holds back funding increases for public schools and higher education if a proposed graduated income tax doesn't pass in November, endangering funding for two of his top priorities. Some public school advocates and state leaders reacted swiftly, expr...
1. What is your current role/title? I currently serve as Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, Dean of Students and Interim Chief Diversity Officer. 2. Where did you earn your degrees and what did you study? BA, Sociology, Stony Brook University, MA, Higher Ed Admin, Chicago State University, Ed.D. Education Leadership, DePaul University (J...
Wednesday, January 29, 2020 Today, the Governor delivered his first State of the State Address, and PCC was pleased to see that renewed investments in higher education were highlighted. Increase in MAP Grants Governor Pritzker acknowledged expanding student grants, which include the Monetary Award Program (MAP), saying that the state is "expan...
1. What is your current role/title? I currently serve as Associate Dean of Instruction at Harold Washington College. While I support the general instructional operations of our college, I directly support tutoring, dual credit and dual enrollment, first year experience courses, developmental education, and community outreach. I started my career as...
January 3, 2020 by MADHU KRISHNAMURTHY - Daily Herald Rising tuition and state underfunding of public colleges and universities has put access and affordability out of reach for low-income students, experts say. The impact is being felt most acutely by black students whose enrollment in four-year colleges has steadily declined, according to a ...
January 3, 2020 by MADHU KRISHNAMURTHY - Daily Herald Growing up in the Northwest suburbs, Daliyah Sanders often felt isolated from her peers as the only black student in her class practically since kindergarten through high school. "It's been my reality my entire life," said Sanders, 19, of Schaumburg. It's why connecting with peers and profe...
November 30, 2019 NAJLA EDWARDS - Northern Star DeKALB — Black students aren't graduating at the same rates as white and latinx students, minorities are under-represented in higher education institutions and rural students struggle with returning to rural areas after college, according to a report by an Illinois nonprofit . Partnership for Col...
CHICAGO, November 20, 2019 — The Partnership for College Completion congratulates ILEA members Elgin Community College , Joliet Junior College , and Moraine Valley Community College for their selection as eligible institutions to compete for the 2021 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. The $1 million prize awarded every two...
November 19, 2019 PETER MEDLIN - Northern Public Radio The Partnership for College Completion held an event at Northern Illinois University discussing their new reports on the cost of college, specifically for black students. Along with university officials and local lawmakers, several black NIU students came to the event to talk about their own ch...
The third ILEA Summit was held October 30, 2019, on the campus of Moraine Valley Community College (MVCC) with over 150 staff, faculty and administrators from the ILEA cohort in attendance. The theme of the Summit was "Equity-Minded, Data Driven: Building Campus Capacity to Close Completion Gaps." The day-long event was kicked off with a warm ...
November 1, 2019 Over the last two decades, Illinois has gone through a period of disinvestment in higher education, seeing continued losses in higher education appropriations and underinvestment in student financial aid. From 2002 to 2018, funding for Illinois public universities was cut over 50 percent and community colleges saw similar disinvest...
November 13, 2019 PETER MEDLIN - Northern Public Radio An advocacy group is calling on Illinois to make higher education more equitable for students. It says that means changing the way it funds post-secondary schooling. Before they dug into the numbers, Kyle Westbrook said his group wanted to try to reframe the conversation around the cost of...
November 11, 2019 Dr. Marci Rockey ​  - Office of Community College Research and Leadership College of Education University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ​ The Partnership for College Completion recently released the third in a series of reports on college affordability and access in Illinois. These reports center the impact of state disinve...
November 8, 2019 PETER MEDLIN - WCBU Peoria Public Radio State disinvestment in higher education has put a college degree out of reach for many Illinois students. That's a key finding from a new series of reports from the Partnership for College Completion. The "Priced Out" reports focus on the three groups most impacted by funding lapses: Black, L...
November 5, 2019 SARA WEISSMAN - Diverse: Issues in Higher Education ​ Rural students in Illinois take on more debt to attend college than their peers, preventing them from returning and contributing to their rural communities, a new report found. The study is part of a series of three reports by the Partnership for College Completion, a higher edu...
November 1, 2019 Equal Opportunity Today/The Buzz from  Sarah Wood ​  - Diverse: Issues In Higher Education A recent period of higher education cutbacks in Illinois has created affordability and equity gaps for underrepresented students. That's according to new reports by the Partnership of College Completion (PCC). The reports note that ...
October 30, 2019 Sarah Wood ​  - D iverse: Issues In Higher Education ​ A recent period of higher education cutbacks in Illinois has created affordability and equity gaps for underrepresented students. That's according to new reports by the Partnership of College Completion (PCC). The reports note that from 2002 to 2018, funding for Illinois p...
https://hechingerreport.org/black-college-students-in-illinois-get-the-short-end-of-the-financial-stick/ OCT 25, 2019 ​ ​ DELECE SMITH-BARROW - The Hechinger Report ​ Illinois is spending more on higher ed overall but less on financial aid, as pension plans gobble funding by DELECE SMITH-BARROW October 25, 2019 Editor's note: This story led of...

Sign-up to receive our communications

Connect with us on social media