Student Success

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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Higher Standards 101

Watch a short video explaining how new standards promote critical-thinking skills and prepare students for the future.

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"Meeting standards 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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Employers and College Faculty Report Gaps in Recent Graduates’ Preparedness in New National Survey

July 22, 2015 — A new national survey released by Achieve shows that 78% of college faculty and 62% of employers believe that public high schools are not doing enough to prepare students for the expectations they will...

Scores show Oregon’s efforts paying off

July 20, 2015  – Despite concerns that scores would come back lower than previous years’ with the introduction of the new Smarter Balanced tests aligned to the Common Core Standards, Oregon students scored significantly better than expected,...

Modesto Covers NASH, SHEEO & HEfHS Joint Statement

July 20, 2015 — With the results of new K-12 student assessments on the horizon, states have an opportunity to be proactive in communication with students and families about the new, more meaningful scores. Covering the recent release of the...

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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 that college- and career-ready standards will improve college access and success — and better prepare students for college and career.