NAICU Washington Update

NAICU Continues to Gather Student Access, Success Efforts

December 18, 2009

President Obama set a goal for all of higher education to achieve the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by the year 2020.  While policy makers realize that independent colleges and universities are very successful at graduating high percentages of their students within four years, they are interested in the stories behind this graduation success, particularly with underserved populations.

In response, NAICU is conducting a survey to gather information on current access and success initiatives and programs on independent college campuses nationwide. Through this information, NAICU plans to demonstrate to policy and public stakeholders that independent institutions should be recognized as a critical sector and active partner in reaching the President's 2020 goal.

The on-line survey began collecting data in mid-November, and results are now being compiled into a preliminary report on the 122 responses received by early December.  The results have already been valuable in conversations with the White House, and will be posted on the NAICU Web site and distributed more widely early in the new year. 

Meanwhile, NAICU members that have not yet responded - or would like to expand on responses already submitted - are invited to complete the survey on line.  It will remain open indefinitely.

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