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To realize our state’s degree attainment goals, equitably increase enrollment 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 can help.

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.

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

Illinois’ public 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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Student-Centered Practices for Student Engagement and Success at Moraine Valley Community College

Serving the southwest suburbs of Chicago, Moraine Valley Community College is the fourth largest 2-year college in Illinois. The college offers over 130 academic programs along with dozens...

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