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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Framework Report 

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.

Our Publications

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.

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Blogs

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.

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PCC in the News

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.

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Elgin Community College

Equity in Practice Spotlight: “Complete to Compete Strategy” at Elgin Community College

Briefly describe a strategy in your Equity Plan that you have implemented. Include a brief description of how this strategy was chosen.Elgin Community College (ECC) wanted to help...

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Why Illinois Needs A $50 Million Increase In MAP: A Data Story

MAP has the potential to play a crucial role in the growth and sustainability of Illinois’ economy and can be a gateway to financial stability for communities that...

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