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

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Lisa Castillo Richmond, PCC Managing Director  | May 19, 2020 While the coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on daily life for people across the globe, it has also brought to light the best of humanity, perhaps especially within higher education. In recent weeks, Illinois colleges and universities have carried on their missions by deploying ...
The Partnership for College Completion (PCC) is pleased to announce May 11-15, 2020 as Illinois Higher Ed Matters Week – highlighting the many ways colleges and universities across the state are serving students and their local, state, and national communities during the COVID-19 crisis. During Illinois Higher Ed Matters Week, institutions are shar...
Every student who aspires to college should have equitable access to the career pathway of their choice. But the reality is this: Students with more time, money, and technology to prepare for the SAT and ACT will always have an advantage over their peers. That is more true now than ever, in a context in which schools are closed and students do not ...
​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...
February 19, 2020 Today, Governor J.B. Pritzker announced his FY21 budget proposal and for a second year in a row the Governor has taken steps to chart a path towards investing in Illinois' future. This year's budget builds on last year's progress, and with many colleges experiencing enrollment gains, it appears, students and families are regaining...
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...

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