College Access for All: A Commentary Collection
Today, more than ever, a college degree is considered an essential ingredient for personal economic success. But how do educators and policymakers work together to encourage more students—especially minority and low-income youths—to apply to, stick with, and succeed in higher education?
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First lady Michelle Obama writes about her Reach Higher campaign to inspire students, educators, and communities to focus on making college a reality for all young people.Read Story
Read Story Access to higher education coursework as a high school student drove Karina Madrigal to become a first-generation college graduate.
Read Story South Texas College has propelled more than 70,000 high school students since 2003 toward college and career pathways, writes Nicolás González.
Read Story Charlotte-Mecklenburg Superintendent Heath E. Morrison says preparing students for economic independence, whether via college or career, is imperative.
Read Story Shirley Franklin writes that she wished she had focused more on the impact of higher education on low-income students.
Read StoryHigher education has an essential role to play in encouraging younger students to pursue college educations, writes Lindsey E. Malcom-Piqueux.
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