Read our college access and success social issue report, which includes: an overview of the social issue, an investment recommendation, information on the return on investment, and ways to take further action.
While the U.S. still ranks second among developed nations in proportion of workers over the age of 55 with an associate’s degree or higher, it drops down to 11th place when looking at the percentage of young workers, aged 25 – 34, that are college-educated. Education is crucial for wealth creation and poverty eradication. Studies have shown poverty to have adverse effects on many facets of life including employment, health and criminal behavior.
College access and success refers to the field occupied by organizations working to ensure that all students graduate from high school with the ability to enter college and successfully obtain a degree. By working with students and their families, college access programs address academic preparedness, college aspiration and knowledge, and financial barriers.