Promoting Student Success

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

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

Joint statement by HEfHS, NASH, SHEEO

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

Joint statement by HEfHS, NASH, SHEEO

"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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Shining a Spotlight on K-12 and Higher Education Alignment

October 25, 2017  — NEW RELEASE: In partnership with the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), National Association of System Heads (NASH), and State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO), Higher Ed for Higher Standards released, Shining a...

Aligned Assessments and Proactive Admissions in South Dakota

October 10, 2017  — In South Dakota, 11th grade students who score at Level 3 or 4 in English and math on Smarter Balanced assessments, or earn an ACT composite score of 18, are now guaranteed “general acceptance”...

TN Promise Students More Likely to Succeed & Less Likely to Drop Out

September 21, 2017  — Tennessee Promise’s students are showing signs of improvement from previous year. 56 percent of Tennessee Promise students who entered college in 2015 had graduated, transferred to a four-year university or remained in school two years...

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About Us


Higher Ed for Higher Standards is a growing coalition of higher education leaders who believe aligned expectations and strong partnerships between K-12 and postsecondary leaders 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 aligned expectations and strong partnerships between K-12 and postsecondary leaders will improve college access and success.