The landscape of higher education in Illinois has shifted dramatically over the Partnership’s short history, during which we have been a leading voice, advocating for bold, evidence-based policy to realize a better future for Illinois’ students.

But while there have been heartening successes over the last five years and more that are underway, there is still significant work to be done to turn around enrollment declines, improve college affordability, and eliminate the stark disparities in degree completion in Illinois by race and income. Systems and mindsets that disadvantage black and brown students, and students from low-income households have taken generations to build and will take time to dismantle. As a result, PCC’s work will continue to urgently hold our leaders and institutions accountable for reimagining a postsecondary system in which all of our students have real opportunities to achieve their educational aspirations.

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