Student Success

Promoting Student Success

Higher education is speaking out in support of college- and career-ready standards. College and university leaders agree: Higher K-12 academic standards can help reduce postsecondary remediation rates and improve student success.

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Seizing the Moment

Check out the new report from AACC, ACCT and Higher Ed for Higher Standards focused on K-12 and community college alignment.

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"Meeting standards will mean that students are prepared for successful transition into credit-bearing college coursework and training opportunities."

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"We must harness the new assessments to provide targeted supports and opportunities for acceleration for our high school students."

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"Setting higher expectations for student learning is absolutely necessary to close the gaps that now leave our young people at a competitive disadvantage."

Joint statement by HEfHS, NASH, SHEEO

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Latest News

Improving College Graduation Rates: A Closer Look at California State University

May 20, 2016 — A new policy paper from the Public Policy Institute of California investigates the impact of several strategies to increase the system’s graduation rate, including improving student preparation through the CSU Early Start program, which requires...

Chancellor Zimpher on “Owning the Challenge of Remediation with K-12” Through Teacher Training Listening Tour

May 18, 2016 — State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher and State Education Department Commissioner MaryEllen Elia announced a historic partnership to address New York’s teaching shortage through the transformation of teacher preparation. Launching TeachNY today in...

Improving High School Prep Through Collaboration

May 12, 2016 — An op-ed in U.S. News and World report cites new analysis of the high costs of underprepared high school graduates and calls for increased collaboration between higher ed, K-12, students and families. The problem is widespread, with 1 in...


About Us

Higher Ed for Higher Standards is a growing coalition of college and university leaders who believe college- and career-ready standards are critical to improving student success.

Mission & Principles

Higher Ed for Higher Standards supports K-12 efforts to raise academic standards in the classroom and urges policymakers to stay the course on standards-based reforms. Check out our mission and principles.

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Add your name to the growing list of higher education leaders who agree that college- and career-ready standards will improve college access and success.