Higher Education Policy & Practice

Fierce advocates for the high academic achievement of all students – particularly those of color or living in poverty.

Equity-Driven Data-Centered Student-Focused

More than almost any other factor, postsecondary education is associated with larger earning potential, and adults with bachelor’s degrees are only about half as likely to be unemployed. A postsecondary degree is the ticket to achieving social and economic mobility, yet too few students are able to enroll in, afford, and complete college.

To address these realities, our higher education work is equity-centered and focuses on closing gaps in access and success and on making college more affordable for students, particularly those from low-income families and families of color.

Data is at the heart of what we do. We monitor constantly, identify problems, and identify institutions with problems. Essentially, we use data to inform all of our work


We advocate on behalf of low-income students and students of color to ensure they have equitable access to high-quality postsecondary opportunities.

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Affordability and Financial Aid

We work to improve federal, state, and institutional financial aid policies to better serve students with the most financial need.

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Completion and Success

We focus on improving student success, particularly for low-income students and students of color.

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Highlighting Successful Models

We identify and learn from high-performing institutions that produce positive outcomes for all students.

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