Who Gets Pell Grants and Why It Matters

Four in 10 students receive Pell Grants to help fund their college education. A new infographic recently released by the Center for American Progress explores who receives Pell Grants and the role these grants play in higher education for low-income students.

Bringing “America’s Promise” to Rural Communities in West Virginia, Maryland and Virginia

Tucked in the hills of rural Hardy County, West Virginia lies a small college with a big vision: to breathe life and bring jobs to the Appalachia region. Eastern West Virginia Community & Technical College in Moorefield is one of the latest recipients of a $3.6 million America’s Promise Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, given through the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.

Increasing Admission of Low-Income Students in Engineering

A policy brief from University of Michigan’s Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education discusses results from a randomized experiment conducted to determine whether more contextualized information on low-income students’ background and high school would affect the percentage of low-income engineering students admitted.

New Gates Foundation Podcast: Innovation, Equity, and Excellence

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Postsecondary Success team recently released the first episode in its new podcast, To a Degree. Moderated by Casey Green from The Campus Computing Project, the podcast will feature higher education professionals, institutions and organizations discussing various issues related to postsecondary innovation, policy, practice and success.

Tara Turley: Student of the Year Award Represents Possibility for Adults Returning to Education

Tara Turley, a single mother and electrician who employed her skills to assist her flood-ravaged West Virginia community, received ACE’s 2016 Student of the Year March 13 at ACE2017. In her acceptance speech, Turley said the award “represents all the hardworking men and women that I stand next to every day in the field, it represents… Read more »

Higher Education in the Balance: What Does Society Want from Colleges and Universities?

John J. DeGioia, president of Georgetown University (DC), moderated a conversation at ACE2017 between Sandy Baum, senior fellow at the Urban Institute, and Anthony P. Carnevale, director of Georgetown’s Center on Education & the Workforce. The March 13 session focused on the economic and non-economic purposes of a postsecondary education, and how to re-engage society in the discussion.

American College Application Campaign: Working with Higher Education Leaders to Promote Access and Completion

During the ACE2017 session on “American College Application Campaign: Working with Higher Education Leaders to Promote Access and Completion,” attendees heard from key leaders of Delaware’s college application campaign, Delaware College Application Month.

A Global Conversation on Student Success

Leaders of higher education institutions and associations in Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom and the United States shared notes on plans to increase postsecondary education attainment at an ACE2017 panel session Monday, March 13, sponsored by the Lumina Foundation.

Temple University-APLU Completion Grants Will Help Low-Income Students Graduate

A nearly $4 million Department of Education grant will enable Temple University, in collaboration with the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, to undertake an initiative focused on small-dollar grants to help cash-strapped, low-income students complete their degrees.

First in My Family: Supporting First-Generation College Students

This video from the American Youth Policy Forum features the stories of several first-generation college students and graduates, and explores their challenges, sources of support, and recommendations for policymakers. It is estimated that between one-third and one-half of college students are first-generation. However, fewer than one-third of these students who enroll in a four year college will graduate within six years.

Aligning Demographic Shifts and College Participation: Increasing Latino Degree Attainment

Delma Ramos and Morgan Taylor look at the importance of increasing attainment for Latino students, the largest minority group and the second largest racial/ethnic group in the country.

Richmond Joins Effort to Recruit, Graduate More Lower-income Students

The University of Richmond is among the growing number of ACE member institutions participating in the American Talent Initiative, a program dedicated to substantially expanding opportunity and access for low- and moderate-income students. President Ronald Crutcher discusses the importance of committing to the ATI.