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

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Meet the Panelists for Our Discussion on Affirmative Action

PCC is proud to host a virtual panel discussion on the steps Illinois can take following the Supreme Court’s decision on Affirmative Action. Meet the local and national...

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Conceptualizing Adequacy-Based Funding for Illinois

In collaboration with CCAPS, PCC will present takeaways from our recent report outlining innovative ways to approach adequate funding for public four-year universities. Using Illinois-specific data, this report...

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