College Success Matters
A significant number of Philadelphians do not have a degree from a postsecondary institution. Only 27.4% of the city’s population have received a 4-yr degree and even less have obtained an associate’s degree (5.7%). Compare this to the national averages of 30.6% and 8.2% and it becomes clear Philadelphia is behind.
Yet, the disparity is more pronounced in high risk populations. The National Center for Academic Statistics found only 14% of low socioeconomic status high school graduates receive a bachelor’s or higher degree within eight years compared to 29% of middle-income students. With over half of jobs now requiring a postsecondary degree or credential, college completion has never been more important (Center on Education and the Workforce 2013).
However, research has shown there are strategies that can be built into the higher education experience to combat inequitable college retention. You’re invited to our special event launching a new network of institutions of higher education and college success stakeholders. We will engage in strategic conversations to collectively increase the degree attainment for first-generation and low-income students in the Philadelphia region.
JOIN US FOR THE LAUNCH OF PHENND’S COLLEGE SUCCESS LEARNING COMMUNITY
You’re invited to our special event launching a new network of institutions of higher education and college success stakeholders. We will engage in strategic conversations to collectively increase the degree attainment for first-generation and low-income students in the Philadelphia region.
Special Guest: Dr. Tia Brown McNair, Vice President , Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success, AAC&U
Also speaking: Ted Wills and Lucas Westmaas, Office of Research and Evaluation, School District of Philadelphia
OCT 30 | 2:00 – 5:00 PM
440 N. Broad Street
2nd Floor Auditorium
Light refreshments will be provided. Walk-ins are welcome, but if you know of others who are planning to attend please encourage them to register (https://collegesuccessmatters.eventbrite.com). If you registered and can no longer attend please let us know.
Parking and Directions: There is metered street parking, and a few parking garages located within a few blocks, but public transit is preferred. You can easily access the school district (440 N. Broad St.) via the SEPTA Broad Street line from the Spring Garden exit. The School District is half a block south on Broad Street.
When you arrive, you will need a photo ID to enter. Please allow some time to go through security at the main entrance. We will be in the second floor auditorium, and there will be signs directing you to the room.
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