• Policy Priorities

    Policy Priorities

The Partnership is focused on the policy issues that will have the greatest impact on eliminating Illinois’ racial and socioeconomic achievement gaps. Our current policy priorities include: 
  • Making College Affordable for All Students
  • Institutionalizing Best Practices in Remediation Reform
  • Ensuring Transfer Practices and Policies Don’t Perpetuate Achievement Gaps


Even before enrolling in college, the biggest barrier, especially for low-income and first generation students, is college affordability.

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To keep students on track to
on-time completion, we must scale remedial reform efforts, such as co-requisite models.

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Dedicating resources to improve and expand existing transfer systems and supports to graduate students on time.

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In June 2018, in support of the PCC’s goal to eliminate institutional racial and socioeconomic achievement gap and after extensive listening tour, the Partnership released our first Public Policy Agenda (link to doc). The policy priorities identified in the agenda were developed with the guidance and support of the PCC Policy Committee and with advice and counsel from our local, national, and institutional partners. The agenda provides targeted policy recommendations derived, in part, from local and national models that have evidence of increasing college access and completion.
David Agazzi, Former VP of Administrative Affairs, College of Lake County PCC Board Member
Benjamin Boer, Deputy Director, Advance Illinois
Debra Bragg, President, Bragg & Associates, Inc.
Greg Darnieder, Former Senior Advisor to the Secretary on the College Access Initiative, U.S. Department of Education PCC Board Chair
Arne Duncan, Managing Partner, Emerson Collective
Sherry Eagle, Executive Director Emeritus, Institute for Collaboration, Aurora University PCC Board Member
Judy Erwin, Managing Director, Kivvit PCC Board Member
Ric Estrada, President & CEO, Metropolitan Family Services PCC Board Member
Jon Furr, Founder & Executive Director, Education Systems Center, NIU
Sameer Gadkaree, Senior Program Officer on the Education and Economic Mobility, Joyce Foundation
Martina Hone, Vice President, Mission Impact, YWCA Metropolitan Chicago
Sarah Labadie, Senior Policy Associate, Women Employed
Laz Lopez, Associate Superintendent for Teaching and Learning, High School District 214 PCC Board Secretary
Nivine Megahed, President, National Louis University PCC Board Member
Ginger Ostro, Executive Director, Advance Illinois
Tim Schwertfeger, Former Chairman and CEO, Nuveen Investments PCC Board Member
Robin M. Steans, Board Chair, Steans Family Foundation
Erin Steva, Midwest Director, Young Invincibles

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