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Council for Opportunity in Education Announces New Approaches to Expand College Access at White House Event (December 4, 2014)

Today, Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) President Maureen Hoyler joins President Obama, the First Lady, and Vice President Biden along with hundreds of college presidents and other higher education leaders to announce new actions to help more students prepare for and graduate from college. COE's new publication, "Lessons from the GO College Program, Using Student Tracking Data to Improve College Access Programs," will be distributed at the event. The publication is one part of COE's commitment to help increase college attainment and completion for low-income, first-generation students.

The White House College Opportunity Day of Action helps to support the President's commitment to partner with colleges and universities, business leaders, and nonprofits to support students across the country to help our nation reach its goal of leading the world in college attainment.

Ms. Hoyler said, "We at COE believe that getting CAP programs, colleges, non-profit organizations, and communities to use student tracking data in a proactive and practical way is a game-changer. It will improve the way we run programs and increase student retention and graduation from college."

Today's participants were asked to commit to new action in one of four areas building networks of colleges around promoting completion, creating K-16 partnerships around college readiness, investing in high school counselors as part of the First Lady's Reach Higher initiative, and increasing the number of college graduates in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

COE's commitment includes:

  • To publish a series of practice briefs highlighting the results of COE's work over the last four years;
  • To illuminate COE's recommendations for collecting and analyzing tracking data from districts, colleges, and the National Student Clearinghouse on an annual basis;
  • To encourage College Access Programs to utilize data to improve their projects.