Promoting Student Success
Higher education is speaking out in support of college- and career-ready standards, including the Common Core State Standards. College and university leaders agree: New K-12 academic standards can help improve student success and reduce postsecondary remediation rates.
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"This is a call to action and I urge my colleagues in higher education to stand up and make their voices heard on Common Core."
Chancellor, State University of New York
"New K-12 standards, including the Common Core standards, can help reduce remediation rates and improve student success."
Chancellor, Tennessee Board of Regents
"The Common Core leads to urgently needed outcomes: higher standards for students; improved coordination between high school and college."
Commissioner, Massachusetts Board of Higher Education
“Common Core provides a long overdue alignment between what K-12 kids learn and what is required to succeed in college or a decent job.”
Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education
"The core standards open the door to effective joint discussion between K-12 and higher education, but it's a question of seizing that opportunity."
Executive Director & CEO, South Dakota Board of Regents
“Through the collective efforts of the educational community, Common Core holds great promise in advancing student success."
Chancellor, California State University
"Implementation of Common Core will increase college completion rates and reduce time to degree, especially for underserved populations."
Executive Director, Illinois Board of Higher Education
"The Common Core standards may be our last best chance to align high school completion requirements and college entrance expectations."
Chancellor, Univesity System of Maryland
April 1, 2015 Nancy Zimpher and John Morgan highlight the higher education community’s strong support for higher standards: “Ensuring that our young people are prepared for the challenges of college-level coursework and a good career is not...
March 26, 2015 The President Emeritus of State Higher Education Executive Officers Association, Paul Lingenfelter, wrote an op-ed in The Denver Post supporting Adams State and Aims Community Colleges’ as “pioneers” in their use of the PARCC assessment...
March 8, 2015 “U.S. needs Common Core in all the states” Albuquerque Journal News The United States, long considered a superpower, is losing that strength in a vital area of today’s global economy: human capital. Our...
Higher Ed for Higher Standards is a growing coalition of college and university leaders who believe college- and career-ready standards, including the Common Core State 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.
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 — and better prepare students for college and career.