Improving College Access and Affordability

Today’s competitive job market requires a college education up front, with substantive on-the-job, training largely an artifact of the past. But between higher tuition and lower college funding in many states, the wallets of both students and taxpayers are being squeezed.

CommunicationWorks is advancing efforts to ensure that more students have opportunity to attend postsecondary education and graduate. CW has:

  • Attracted front-page and national news coverage for studies that examine how colleges spend their money and grade states on their efforts to promote access, quality, affordability, and attainment.
  • Supported the efforts of policymakers, foundations, nonprofits, and government agencies to make relevant degree and skill-attainment pathways more accessible to students of all ages.
  • Coordinated with more than a dozen states and a major foundation to build leadership, institutional action, and public support for efforts to improve productivity in higher education.
  • Conducted an analysis of college access nationwide and released annual polls that indicate shifting public attitudes toward higher education.
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Harvard Graduate School of Education

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Harvard Graduate School of Education

Since its founding in 1920, the Harvard Graduate School of Education has been training leaders to transform education in the United States and around the globe. Through its 13 master's programs, two doctoral programs, professional education institutes, and research projects, the Harvard Graduate School of Education prepares leaders in education and generates knowledge to improve student opportunity, achievement, and success.

National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education (NCPPHE)

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National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education (NCPPHE)

The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education promotes public policies that enhance Americans' opportunities to pursue and achieve a quality higher education. Established in 1998 by a consortium of national foundations, the National Center is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization based in San Jose, California. It is not associated with any institution of higher education, with any political party, or with any government agency.