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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."

Nancy Zimpher
Chancellor, State University of New York

"New K-12 standards, including the Common Core standards, can help reduce remediation rates and improve student success."

John Morgan
Chancellor, Tennessee Board of Regents

"The Common Core leads to urgently needed outcomes: higher standards for students; improved coordination between high school and college."

Richard Freeland
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.”

Robert L. King
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."

Jack Warner
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."

Timothy P. White
Chancellor, California State University

"Implementation of Common Core will increase college completion rates and reduce time to degree, especially for underserved populations."

James Applegate
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."

William E. (Brit) Kirwan
Chancellor, Univesity System of Maryland

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About Us

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.

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Add your name to the growing list of higher education leaders who agree the Common Core State Standards will improve college access and success — and better prepare students for a college or career.