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Tools & Strategies for Equitable College Attainment: Using Contextual Knowledge & Collective Inquiry to Ignite Change

Elizabeth Newman and Laurel Sipes
Publication Date: 
March, 2020

Many students face unique and significant obstacles as they pursue postsecondary degrees, including the navigation of two complex systems: higher education and financial aid. Given the importance and complexity of the issues, multiple stakeholders, including philanthropists and researchers, have dedicated resources to understanding and improving college attainment for first generation, low-income students. College Futures Foundation’s Community Philanthropy for Student Success Initiative brings key stakeholders together. Through the Initiative, the Gardner Center couples research and capacity building. We work in partnership with multiple community foundations who are engaged in improving college attainment. This brief describes lessons learned from the Initiative, with an emphasis on understanding capacity building through contextual knowledge and collective inquiry.

Suggested citation: 

Newman, E. and Sipes, L. (2020). Tools and Strategies for Equitable College Attainment: Using Contextual Knowledge and Collective Inquiry to Ignite Change. Stanford, CA: John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities.

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Policy area: 
College, Career, and Civic Readiness