Friday, December 11, 2015

Stick With It, Funders. Your Push to Boost Low-Income Enrollment in College Matters - L.S. Hall, Inside Philanthropy

A recent study by the American Council on Education (ACE), reported by the Washington Post, may prove unsettling for organizations and funders who are focused on increasing college readiness and access among low-income students. But the study also underscores the enormity of the task and why the work of these groups is so important. ACE reported that college enrollment by low-income students dropped 10 percentage points between 2008 and 2013. Although overall college enrollment rates dipped slightly, falling from 69 percent in 2008 to 66 percent five years later, the Post reported that only 46 percent of students from low-income backgrounds enrolled in two- or four-year colleges. More troubling is that these trends coincide with efforts by the Obama administration to boost college access and completion among all students, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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