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Closing the College Participation Gap

Alliance for Excellent Education Case Studies - This Web site features case studies from selected states and federal programs whose mission is to improve postsecondary preparation for all students....

College Readiness for All Toolbox - Research has shown that the best indicator of success in postsecondary education is the completion of a rigorous college-prep curriculum. This college readiness toolbox from the Pathways to College Network is designed to help outreach programs and practitioners improve college preparation and increase access. The toolbox assesses current outreach efforts, offers suggestions for developing future college-readiness plans, provides advice on the implementation of outreach programs, and helps practitioners to evaluate the results of their college-prep programs. ...

The Lumina Foundation - This organization offers events and publications aimed at its goal to increase the proportion of Americans with high-quality college degrees, certificates or other credentials to 60% by 2025. It also provides news and updates regarding Lumina projects in the field of postsecondary participation. ...

The National Information Center for Higher Education Policymaking and Analysis - This Web site, presented by the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS), features the most up-to-date data and information regarding postsecondary access, affordability and completion in all 50 states, including maps, charts and key policy questions. ...

I Have a Dream Foundation - This is a nationwide network of projects dedicated to keeping at-risk children in school by increasing community-level outreach programs. This site offers a program overview and links to related resources....

Institute for Student Achievement - The institute aims to improve the quality of education for at-risk children and youth by developing and supporting programs and partnerships and creating public awareness. This site provides information about the institute's programs and results, as well as stories from individual students....

Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) - The SREB, a compact of Southern states focused on improving every level of the education system, provides research, reports, and support to member states on postsecondary issues including college completion....

GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) - Enacted in 1998, GEAR UP is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and funds partnerships of high-poverty middle schools, colleges and universities, community organizations and businesses to work with entire grade levels of students. The partnerships provide tutoring, mentoring, information on college preparation and financial aid, an emphasis on core academic preparation and, in some cases, scholarships. This Web site provides general information and progress reports about GEAR UP programs....

Pathways to College Network - An alliance of major foundations, nonprofit organizations, education institutions and the U.S. Department of Education are working together to improve college access and success for large numbers of underserved youth, including low-income, underrepresented minority and first-generation students. This site provides information on the network's goals, activities, partners and funders....

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