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."

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Latest News


Stuck at Square One: College Students Increasingly Caught in Remedial Education Trap

August 26, 2016 — Listen or read this compelling piece that discusses the history and current context of the issue of remediation, while also focusing  in on several students’ stories as examples. Stay informed! Sign up to receive...

What Does it Take to Get Students Ready for College?

August 18, 2016 — Collaboration with local high schools is key, according to Community College Research Center’s Elisabeth Barnett and Elizabeth Ganga’s opinion piece in The Hechinger Report. Transition courses designed to fill in gaps in students’ high...

Illinois Community College Board Announces Lowered Remediation Rates

July 28, 2016 — Diverse Education reports that “between 2011 and 2015, the state has seen a 24-percent reduction in the number of community college students enrolling in developmental education,” according to officials from the Illinois Community...

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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 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.

Get Involved


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.