Advocating for bold policies that improve college success and eliminate racial and socioeconomic disparities in college access, persistence, and completion.

To realize our state’s degree attainment goals, equitably increase enrollment and completion at our public institutions, and drive economic mobility, state leaders must intentionally and strategically align goals, policies, investments, and actions to improve access to college, decrease the cost of a degree, dismantle barriers to student success, and eliminate racial and socioeconomic disparities that exist across these areas. This is where the Partnership for College Completion comes in.

Our policy work follows three principles of action that will spark and accelerate the pace of transformation within Illinois’ higher education system. The policies associated with each can work in concert to not only increase equitable access, affordability, and accountability, but focus Illinois’ higher education system on serving the evolving needs of its students.

In the past year alone, PCC has advanced state policy to reform developmental education and launch an effort to develop an equity-centered funding formula for public universities.

Equitable Access

Students of all races, economic backgrounds, and geographic locations deserve access to high-quality postsecondary education that is aligned with their educational and career aspirations.

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Affordability

Attending Illinois’ colleges and universities should be debt-free for students from low-income families and affordable for all Illinoisans.

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Accountability

Accountability mechanisms must be strengthened to provide Illinois students with affordable and equitable access to high-quality postsecondary degrees and credentials.

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PCC Executive Director Introduces New Higher Ed Policy Quarterly Newsletter

One of the most repeated phrases of the last year is that COVID-19 has laid bare inequities in our society. Those inequities may be news to some but...

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Special from the PCC Higher Education Policy Quarterly: Interview with State Sen. Scott Bennett

IL State Sen. Scott Bennett Senator Scott Bennett of Champaign, a longtime advocate for equity in higher education, was appointed this year to the role of chair of...

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