Empowerment Without Boundaries

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A presentation by Michelle Asha Cooper, President of the Institute for Higher Education Policy to the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) on the college completion agenda.

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Empowerment Without Boundaries

  1. 1. Empowerment Without Boundaries Michelle Asha Cooper, PhD President mcooper@ihep.orgAAC&U Student Success ConferenceMarch 2012 PRESENTED BY The Institute for Higher Education Policy
  2. 2. About IHEPOur Vision•The Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP)envisions a world where all people—particularlypopulations who have been underserved—havethe opportunity to reach their full potential byparticipating and succeeding in higher education.Our Mission•IHEP is committed to improving college accessand success in higher education for all students—with a special focus on underserved populations—by providing timely research to inform publicpolicy decisions. 2
  3. 3. Pop QuizAccess• What percentage of all Americans enroll in college?• What percentage of low-income students enroll in college?Success• What percentage of all Americans graduate from college within 6 years?• What percentage of low-income students graduate from college within 6 years?Affordability• How much is the average student loan debt?3
  4. 4. The College Completion Agenda Obama Administration’s Education Goal: • The Presidents Bold Goal: Have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020. The Lumina Foundation for Education: • Increase the percent of Americans with a two or four year degree from 37.9% to 60% by 2025 The College Board: • At least 55 percent of the U.S. population holds a college degree or certificate by 2025 4
  5. 5. Low-income children are less likely to enroll in college, less likely to graduate 5
  6. 6. Drivers of the College Completion Agenda• Global Imperative • Globalized knowledge economy • 21st Century consciousness• Economic Imperative • Current labor market signals • Future workforce readiness• Equity Imperative • Fastest-population growth occurring among racial/ ethnic minorities • Growing need to reengage and retrain growing number of adult learners • Stratification along socioeconomic status 6
  7. 7. Building Blocks for College Success• Academics• Academic and Social Support Services• FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE 7
  8. 8. Trends in College Affordability• College costs have grown nearly 40 percent in the past 5 years• 60 percent of all college graduates leave college with debt• The average graduate leaves college with about $23,800 in debt• Between 2001 and 2010, 2 million academically qualified students will not got to college because they cannot afford it 8
  9. 9. Financial Need Contributes to Failure to Complete Too much Too little sleep workWork/Loan Burden Stress oo little studying Housing and oor grades food insecurity art-time enrollment ailure to complete 9 Source: CLASP, 2011
  10. 10. DiscussionWhat innovative ideas or strategies have themost potential to contribute to student retentionand completion at your institution? How do youmeasure and document the effectiveness ofthese strategies?If you had the opportunity to highlight yourstrategies to a person of influence what would yousay?What needs to occur for you to feel empowered to continue this dialogue when you return to work on Monday morning? 10

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