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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Hidden Benefit to Higher Standards

April 27, 2016 — U.S. News & World Report cites a hidden benefit to higher standards: economic growth. Lowering or eliminating standards will exacerbate the trend toward “under-prepared college students, lengthened time to completion and inflated tuition costs...

All in this Together: Seminole State College Aligning with K-12

April 22, 2016 — Through a partnership with the school district and Seminole State College of Florida, remediation is down from 75% of students to about 13 percent. Read more about how aligning their math curriculum to the...

Getting Serious About College and Career Readiness

April 20, 2016 — A new commentary from Matt Gandal outlines what states must do to get serious about college and career readiness, in addition to highlighting the recent action by higher education organizations to further align expectations...


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.