Publications About Access to Success

Following is a list of all Education Trust publications arranged from newest to oldest.

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Education Trust Higher Education Practice Guide: Learning From High-Performing and Fast-Gaining Institutions

With growing concern for postsecondary degree attainment sweeping public discourse in state and national circles, The Education Trust presents its top 10 analyses to provoke discussion and action on college completion.

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January 16 2014

Leading Change: Increasing Graduation Rates at CSU-Northridge

In 10 years, graduation rates at California State University-Northridge almost doubled. Read the story of that increase here.

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January 16 2014

Replenishing Opportunity in America

To protect our democratic traditions, regain economic strength, and meet the demands of our nation's employers, we must improve outcomes for low-income students and students of color. The midterm report on the Education Trust's Access to Success Initiative, "Replenishing Opportunity in America," shows how 22 state public higher education systems leaders are stepping up to this challenge.

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May 3 2012

Priced Out: How the Wrong Financial-Aid Policies Hurt Low-Income Students

In “Priced Out: How the Wrong Financial-Aid Policies Hurt Low-Income Students,” The Education Trust demonstrates how much low-income students must stretch to pay for college, even after all sources of grant aid are taken into account.

The report finds that just five of nearly 1,200 four-year colleges and universities have student bodies that are at least 30 percent low-income and offer low-income students a reasonable chance at a bachelor’s degree at a relatively affordable cost.

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June 1 2011

Big Gaps Small Gaps in Serving Hispanic Students

Some Colleges and Universities Do Better Than Others in Graduating Hispanic Students

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August 9 2010

Big Gaps Small Gaps in Serving African-American Students

 

Some Colleges and Universities Do Better Than Others in Graduating African-American Students

We’ve been digging beneath the averages and looking at data from individual institutions in our College Results Online database. We’ve found that some institutions have horrendous graduation-rate gaps between white and black students—well above the national average. And it turns out that other institutions have no gaps at all. Our analysis strongly suggests that what colleges do with and for the students they admit matters a great deal.

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August 9 2010

Advancing by Degrees*

“Advancing by Degrees” is designed to help college officials monitor and improve graduation rates by providing a framework of on-track indicators that reveal patterns among groups of students—including those who are struggling and need help to graduate. These data, in turn, can help drive changes in policies and practices that can boost the number of college graduates. The Institute for Higher Education Leadership & Policy produced the report in conjunction with Ed Trust.

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May 6 2010

College Results Online Brief: Top Gap Closers*

Some public four-year colleges and universities have made good progress in closing graduation-rate gaps.

(Corrected version posted February 16, 2010.)

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January 28 2010

College Results Online Brief: Top Gainers*

Some public four-year colleges and universities make big improvements in minority graduation rates.

(Corrected version posted February 16, 2010.)

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January 28 2010

Opportunity Adrift: Our Flagship Universities Are Straying From Their Public Mission*

Public flagship and research universities spend millions of dollars every year to aid wealthy students who don't need it, while providing inadequate support to low-income and minority students who do. Some flagships are stepping up to the challenge and focusing on access and success. An account of their performance and progress appears at the end of this report.

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January 13 2010