College enrollment has been on the rise for the past 40 years, but disparities in access remain — especially for African American, Latino, and Native students, as well as those from low-income families.
Students of color and low-income students are less likely to enroll in college, and when they do, they are more likely to attend for-profit or community colleges that have lower graduation rates. Even after 40-plus years of gains, fewer students from low-income families go to college today than higher income students did in the mid-1970s.
To close these gaps and to give all students equitable access to high-quality postsecondary opportunities, our higher education policy and practice team:
- Provides College Results Online, a free online tool for students and parents, school counselors, researchers, and policymakers to search and compare colleges based on performance;
- Advocates for colleges and universities to promote equity by increasing socioeconomic and racial diversity on campus;
- Develops and promotes policy proposals to improve college access for low-income students and students of color; and
- Works with state universities and university systems to cut access gaps for low-income students and students of color.
Vice President of Higher Education Policy and PracticeAs Ed Trust’s vice president of higher education policy and practice, José Luis oversees all aspects of the organization’s higher education work, which is focused on improving access, affordability, compl...
Higher Education Research and Policy AnalystAs a higher education research and policy analyst, Kimberlee analyzes national datasets and data from the College Results Online website to identify barriers to access and success of low-income and underrepres...
Director of Higher Education Research & Data AnalyticsIn his role as the director of higher education research and data analytics, Andrew helps develop a research agenda that identifies patterns and trends in college access, affordability, and success, with a kee...