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Access & Success
Policy Priority: Elevate Effective Pathways for Increased Degree Attainment
This IHEP initiative reinvigorates the dialogue on college access in the U.S. to develop a roadmap for aligning research, policy, and practice. Be sure to view the initiative's feature documentary film and accompanying report.
Underrepresented and nontraditional students, whose numbers are growing dramatically, reflect broader changes in American society. It is a national imperative that these students achieve their full potential in higher education. Policymakers and practitioners must affirm their commitment to diversity and equity, but more importantly, they must champion efforts that lead to better educational and workforce outcomes for today’s students.
To more effectively serve today’s students, IHEP works to:
- Refocus the postsecondary agenda to ensure a targeted, deliberate focus on increasing both college access and success for the 21st-century student
- Examine the impact of our nation’s changing demographics on policies related to college enrollment, engagement, completion, and workforce development
- Encourage the use of disaggregated demographic data—such as on first-generation, low-income, racial/ethnic minority students; adult students; students with second-language backgrounds; undocumented students; veterans; students with disabilities; and foster care, disconnected, and formerly incarcerated youth—to inform the practices and policies that may hold promise for specific groups of students
- Examine newer approaches to, and emerging trends in, college access and success, to ensure that they offer students high-quality, affordable options that do not widen existing opportunity gaps or lead to more stratification within the higher education system