College & Workforce Readiness Opinion

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.

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Robbie Lawrence for Education Week
College & Workforce Readiness Opinion A College-Access Success Story
Access to higher education coursework as a high school student helped Karina Madrigal become a first-generation college graduate.
Karina Madrigal, June 10, 2014
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Robbie Lawrence for Education Week
School & District Management Opinion 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.
Michelle Obama, June 10, 2014
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Robbie Lawrence for Education Week
College & Workforce Readiness Opinion Atlanta's Former Mayor Reflects on Her Education Legacy
Shirley Franklin writes that she wishes she had focused more on the impact of higher education on low-income students.
Shirley Franklin, June 10, 2014
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Robbie Lawrence for Education Week
College & Workforce Readiness Opinion College Prep Is Career Prep
Preparing students for economic independence, whether via college or career, is imperative, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Superintendent Heath Morrison says.
Heath E. Morrison, June 10, 2014
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Robbie Lawrence for Education Week
College & Workforce Readiness Opinion Colleges Must Reach Out to Younger Students
Higher education has an essential role to play in encouraging younger students to pursue college options, writes Lindsey Malcom-Piqueux.
Lindsey E. Malcom-Piqueux, June 10, 2014
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Robbie Lawrence for Education Week
College & Workforce Readiness Opinion Creating Opportunity for College Access
South Texas College has propelled more than 70,000 high school students toward college and career pathways since 2003, writes Nicolás González.
Nicolas Gonzalez, June 10, 2014
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School & District Management Opinion How Do You Improve Access to Higher Education?
Five education thought leaders offer their priorities for encouraging college access for all students.
June 10, 2014
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