Implementation of college in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants in New York

In 2002, New York became the fourth state to offer in-state tuition rates to certain undocumented immigrants enrolling in its public postsecondary institutions. Although enacted over seven years ago, a thorough analysis of the implementation of this policy has not been conducted. Undocumented immigrants in the U.S., most of them Latino, encounter economic and social barriers that discourage their college access: in particular, low incomes, inadequate secondary school academic preparation, lack of information about postsecondary opportunities, and fear of deportation. In the context of these barriers, in-state tuition eligibility for undocumented immigrants is an important means to ensure greater college … Continue reading

Helping students enter and succeed: Access, success, and accountability policies in the “Achieving the Dream” states

In 2003, Lumina Foundation for Education launched a major initiative, “Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count,” to help more community college students succeed, particularly those of color and/or from low-income families. To inform this effort, Lumina commissioned an audit of state policies on community college access, success, and accountability in the seven original participating states: Connecticut, Florida, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, and Virginia. To secure information on what policies the states have and how well they are working, we examined state policy documents and conducted interviews with state community college directors, legislators, gubernatorial advisors, local community college officials, … Continue reading

State policies to achieve the dream in five states: An audit of state policies to aid student access to and success in community colleges in the first five Achieving the Dream states

In 2003, the Lumina Foundation for Education launched a major initiative, “Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count,” to increase student success at community colleges. This initiative focuses on colleges with high enrollments of low-income students and students of color. In the first round, 27 colleges in five states were selected. The initiative aims to help more students succeed, while maintaining access to community college for groups that traditionally have faced barriers. A key means to improve the performance of colleges is through enhancement of their capacities to gather, analyze, and act on data on student outcomes, including data on students … Continue reading