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July 30, 2020 by KATE MCGEE - WBEZ Faced with a 25% drop in Black enrollment at Illinois' public universities and colleges, a group of university officials, business leaders and advocacy groups are joining together to try to improve outcomes for Black students. The drop in enrollment, as well as declining graduation rates, have come while rate...
​ As advocates seeking to support institutions in eliminating racial equity gaps across Illinois colleges and universities, the Partnership for College Completion stands in solidarity with the Black community and their calls for justice. This unprecedented period shows how deeply ingrained racial injustice is within systems intended to serve the pu...
July 14, 2020 by KYLE WESTBROOK, PH.D. - Crain's Chicago Business For far too many of our students, and members of our community, the emails that filled our inboxes a month ago affirming the importance of racial equity, rang hollow. With no concrete, bold, and demonstrable action to follow, these messages can easily be filed away in the spam f...
My college journey started at Illinois Central College (ICC), one of Illinois' 48 public community colleges located on a bluff overlooking the Illinois River. My commute from Peoria was 30 minutes by car, 60 by bus which I often had to take. I sometimes worked three jobs to pay for school. I was a scrappy B+ student in high school (HS) and immersed...
To do the work that we do is to sit inside and with full awareness of the enduring and unaddressed legacy of racism and injustice on which this country was founded and that continues to permeate every sector of our democracy, including education. The fight for justice in policing practices, in labor and the workforce, in housing policy, in healthca...
During this difficult time of prolonged mourning, Illinois' higher education system received a bit of good news this week. Despite bleak state revenue forecasts, with some projecting a budget shortfall as great as $7.4 billion in fiscal year 2021, legislators last Sunday passed a budget that maintains level funding for higher education, providing a...
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...

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