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?

This Commentary special section is supported by a grant from the Lumina Foundation. Education Week retains sole editorial control over the content of the coverage.

Michelle Obama: My College Story Can Be Yours

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.

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A College-Access Success Story

Read Story Access to higher education coursework as a high school student drove Karina Madrigal to become a first-generation college graduate.

Creating Opportunity for College Access

Read Story South Texas College has propelled more than 70,000 high school students since 2003 toward college and career pathways, writes Nicolás González.

College Prep Is Career Prep

Read Story Charlotte-Mecklenburg Superintendent Heath E. Morrison says preparing students for economic independence, whether via college or career, is imperative.

Atlanta's Former Mayor Reflects on Ed. Legacy

Read Story Shirley Franklin writes that she wished she had focused more on the impact of higher education on low-income students.

Colleges Must Reach Out to Younger Students

Read StoryHigher education has an essential role to play in encouraging younger students to pursue college educations, writes Lindsey E. Malcom-Piqueux.

How Do You Improve Access to Higher Ed.?

Read Story Five education thought leaders offer their priorities for encouraging college access for all students.

Illustrations by Robbie Lawrence for Education Week

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