Expanding Access to Higher Education


Expanding Access to Higher Education



Each year, three million Americans graduate from high school, but only eight percent are qualified to attend a top university. African-Americans and Latinos represent just 14 percent—35,000—of those graduates. Of students from the lowest-income households who make it to college, just nine percent complete a bachelor's degree by age 24. What are universities doing to expand their pipelines and ensure success for all their students? Is there enough collaboration between universities and their K-12 partners? What are the innovative and effective programs preparing disadvantaged students for higher education before they graduate?

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Brandon Busteed
Executive Director, Education and Workforce Development, Gallup

Christopher Eisgruber
President, Princeton University

Karen Symms Gallagher
Dean, Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California

Thomas LeBlanc
President, George Washington University

Jeff Maggioncalda
CEO, Coursera

George Weiss
Founder and Chairman, Say Yes to Education; CEO, Weiss Multi-Strategy Advisers LLC

Published July 4, 2018