Don’t Stop Improving: Supporting Data-Driven Continuous Improvement in College Student Outcomes

March 29, 2019

This issue brief explores how colleges and universities can best use data to help drive student success and offers recommendations to both schools and policymakers. While data-driven evidence is a critical tool for colleges, building a culture of continuous improvement and finding the resources to implement success strategies are equally integral to realizing improvements in...


Testimony of Debbie Cochrane, Executive Vice President of the Institute for College Access & Success

March 28, 2019

Testimony of Debbie Cochrane, Executive Vice President of the Institute for College Access & Success, for the Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 2 on Education Finance &  Assembly Higher Education Committee joint hearing on Financial Aid Reform. Ms. Cochrane highlighted consensus among policymakers, state agencies, colleges, student advocates and other stakeholders on the affordability...


First Comes Diploma, Then Comes Debt. Unequal Debt Burdens among University of California Undergraduates

March 21, 2019

A new report from the University of California Student Association and The Institute for College Access & Success finds that the lowest income University of California (UC) bachelor’s degree recipients were the most likely to leave school with student loan debt to repay. Students of color are also paying the price; while overall 50 percent of dependent 2017-18 UC bachelor’s...


Employment Outcomes at California Colleges: Improving Information for Students, Schools, and Policymakers

March 12, 2019

California has long led the nation in developing and maintaining quality higher education options for students, as well as in providing financial aid and consumer protections for those who access that education. However, employment and wage outcome data available from colleges and postsecondary institutions in California vary widely depending on what - and what kind - of school...