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Our Complete List of Commitments to Expand College Access

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As part of our continued effort to improve college persistence and completion among first-generation and underrepresented students, we have made several commitments to the white house as part of the administration’s higher education initiatives. These commitments are a progression of the work we have done since 2012 to expand college access, and are listed below:

Goals

We are committing to several actions to recruit more low-income, underrepresented and first generation students to STEM college degrees, including more than doubling the number of students using College Greenlight who indicate that they are interested in pursuing STEM education and careers and building a database of STEM-focused scholarships for high school and current college students.

Actions

College Greenlight is an online college and scholarship platform that encourages first generation, low-income, and underrepresented students to expand their college options and increase the quality and quantity of their college applications—actions that significantly increase their likelihood of enrolling at institutions that fit them academically, socially, and financially. Currently several of the top institutions in country—including Cornell University, Harvey Mudd College, Lehigh University, Northwestern University, Purdue University, University of Chicago, University of Illinois, Yale University, and others— partner with us to help the institutions enroll more low-income students, women, and underrepresented minorities in STEM.

We are announcing several new efforts to bring more students into STEM, including significantly increasing the number of colleges utilizing College Greenlight to recruit low-income, underrepresented, and first-generation students. We will also significantly increase outreach to organizations supporting low-income and underrepresented students in STEM pathways in order to double the number of students on College Greenlight interested in pursuing STEM education and careers. In addition, we will quadruple the number of Upward Bound Math & Science programs using College Greenlight from almost 20 to 80.

College Greenlight is forming a STEM advisory board consisting of college admissions officers, high school counselors, nonprofit student advisers, and STEM education experts, to develop detailed CCR material focused on STEM higher education and career pathways and provide students with access to resources, such as STEM summer programs, to put them on the recommended pathway. Finally, we are committing to build the largest database of STEM-focused scholarships for high school and current college students, providing valuable funding to increase matriculation, retention, and graduation rates of students in STEM fields.

In conjunction with this effort, we will develop partnerships with STEM scholarship providers to grow the pipeline of low-income and underrepresented minority student applicants for top national scholarship programs.

Moving Forward

We would love to speak with you further about our efforts to combat the underrepresentation of first-generation, low-income, undocumented, and minority students on college campuses across the country. To set up a conversation with us, please send an email with your contact information to info@collegegreenlight.com.

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