Student Success

Collaborating to Improve Student Success

The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) and Higher Ed for Higher Standards are proud to release Seizing the Moment: Community Colleges Collaborating with K-12 to Improve Student Success.

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College & University Leaders Agree

Higher ed is speaking out across the country in support of college- and career-ready standards to improve student success.

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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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Seizing the Moment: Community Colleges Collaborating with K-12 to Improve Student Success

February 8, 2016 – The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) and Higher Ed for Higher Standards today released Seizing the Moment: Community Colleges Collaborating with K-12 to Improve Student...

Oklahoma Regents of Higher Education Approve New Standards

January 29, 2016 —  The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and the state Board of Education have unanimously approved the new K-12 academic standards for mathematics and English language arts, which are headed to the Legislature for...

Standards-based Reform Linked to Gains for Low-Income Students

January 14, 2016 — A new report from the Center for American Progress, “Lessons From State Performance on NAEP: Why Some High-Poverty Students Score Better Than Others,” shows “a clear systematic relationship between standards-based reform and outcomes”...

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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.

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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.