Managing Director Kim Everett looks forward to the new year of higher ed equity work.read more
Surfacing system inequities and their causes through data-based research to inform targeted legislative actions and institutional practice changes to address them.
Realizing an equitable higher education system for Illinois starts with understanding the present landscape and what got us here and providing evidenced-based, equity-centered recommendations for addressing and eliminating barriers to college completion by Black and Latinx students, first generation students, and students from low-income households.
The Partnership for College Completion’s (PCC) Research and Data team uses a growing knowledge base of original reports, briefs, one-pagers, blog analyses, and more —created in collaboration with PCC’s Public Policy and College and University Partnerships teams —to increase the public’s awareness of the systemic challenges that underrepresented students face in Illinois’ higher education system that can be addressed through key actions by our state elected officials and by our public and private nonprofit 2- and 4- year colleges and universities.
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PCC’s Higher Education Appropriations: A Framework for Equity in Illinois examines how a pattern of disinvestment and underfunding in higher education by our state during past fiscal crises has driven persistent and widening inequities and offers lawmakers a new playbook for making more equity-centered higher education appropriations.
Read PCC’s reports and more to build your understanding of what’s happening in Illinois’ higher education, the key challenges that underrepresented students face to accessing and completing college at an equitable rate, and actionable policy and practice recommendations to address this crisis.Read More
Read special PCC analyses of state and federal policies impacting college access for underrepresented students, learn from higher education leaders about how they’re thinking about and implementing equity-centered strategies on campus, and hear from students themselves about the urgent need for greater college access and affordability to help realize their career aspirations.Read More
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Read how PCC is helping the general public understand the issues and make sense of what the latest higher education policy and practice developments in our state mean for Illinois’ students, families, and communities.Read More
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Senior Manager of Research and Policy
PCC strives to be deeply evidence-driven in all it does, and I help with the research and data efforts that can keep us grounded in work that can measurably improve equity in both higher ed policy and practice.
I am passionate about helping to remove barriers and reverse historical inequities for students. I believe that we have a moral imperative to do so, but also feel that economics, data, and research can be utilized in advocating for change, and I hope to add that lens throughout our work.
After working in communications for an educational institution, I wanted the skills to analyze policy through a quantitative lens. I earned a master’s degree at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy, and worked with City Colleges of Chicago through a Mayoral Fellowship, before coming to PCC in 2018.
I support PCC’s policy and practice work with research and data analysis to advance evidence-based policy recommendations, reports, and legislative priorities.
As a policy researcher and organizer, I understand the importance of community voice, needs, and experiences in dismantling racist systems and practices. My role at PCC allows me to support the work of advocates and students pushing for racial justice in higher education with a strong research base.
I received my Master’s in Education Policy at Loyola University Chicago, where my research focused on student voice and structural barriers to racial justice. Before joining the Partnership, I worked on projects related to racial equity in K-12 and postsecondary education with Loyola’s School of Social Work and NORC at the University of Chicago.
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Homelessness is an issue that will further exacerbate inequity in higher education degree attainment without critical attention. Fortunately, Illinois has taken a critical step in doing this.read more
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