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A College Promise Monthly Newsletter |  Tuesday, January 5, 2021

As we enter 2021, we at College Promise look forward to supporting the continued resilience of our students, teachers, and schools, colleges, and universities across the nation. Throughout January, we will continue to build support for the Promise movement as we navigate all of the many challenges and opportunities this new year will bring.


The Next Phase of Promise

Gathering 360 community and state Promise programs in just five years has been a substantial effort. Looking ahead, we are confident that the College Promise movement will grow broader and deeper to serve millions more Americans in the years ahead.

In our annual report, we lay out our vision for what the future holds for Promise, including deepening the business, government, nonprofit and student/alumni sectors in the Promise movement, ensuring that educational quality and completion outcomes for Promise recipients are aligned with the future of work, and providing pathways to civic learning and community engagement that inspire and enable economic mobility, social inclusion, and good quality of life.


New Resources

Reimagining College Promise Programs: A Wealth Perspective

Dr. William Elliott III and Sophia Nielsen, MSW, from the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work, write about reducing poverty and promoting economic mobility through Child Savings Accounts and other short-term and long-term education investments.

Keeping the Promise: Stabilizing the Pell Grant Program, an Opportunity for Bipartisan Leadership in the 117th Congress

Dr. Steven Katsinas, Dr. Nathaniel J. Bray, Noel E. Keeney, Hunter D. Whann, and Michael S. Malley, Jr. from the University of Alabama’s Education and Policy Center write about their research into trends and potential areas of policy improvement for Pell Grants.

Recognizing the Implications of Promise Program Design for Equity and Efficiency

Dr. Laura Perna, Jeremy Wright-Kim, and Elaine W. Leigh from the University of Pennsylvania’s Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy write about how program design and resource investments may influence educational outcomes, efficiency, and equity.


Celebrate the Promise

FISC Tuition Promise is a Win-Win for Families, Farmers and WI | Wisconsin State Farmer

UW-Madison will begin offering the FISC Tuition Promise to provide 100% of tuition and fees to Wisconsin residents with household adjusted gross income of $60,000 or less starting in the fall of 2021.

tnAchieves Exceeds Mentor Recruitment Goal | Times News

For the seventh year, tnAchieves exceeded its goal of 9,000 volunteers by recruiting nearly 9,500 mentors to work with the Class of 2021 statewide.

2020 Excelsior Finalist: Rockford Promise Clears Path to College | Rockford Register Star

The Excelsior Award has been given each year since 1979 to an organization that exemplifies community service and excellence, and that works to make a difference in the Rock River Valley.


What We’re Reading This Month

5 Actions To Ensure Students Recover, Thrive In Covid-19 Era | Forbes

As new political leaders prepare to take office in Washington and around our country, schools continue to face an unprecedented scenario that will shape an entire generation of young people. Here are some clear actions to ensure students are more prepared for the future.

The Equitable Outcomes Imperative: Strategies for Advancing Racial Equity in Postsecondary Attainment | Education Strategy Group

In order to make America as good as its promise, equity must be the center of educational opportunity and success. The ambitious postsecondary credential attainment goals set by more than 40 states have the potential to help America reconcile racial injustice because we know that higher educational attainment translates into greater economic opportunity and mobility.

How Two-Year Colleges Can Mitigate Student Enrollment Declines | Diverse Education

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the higher education sector, concerns arise around enrollment rates. From promoting affordability to investing in technology, many community colleges are employing creative approaches to mitigate enrollment declines.


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