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Critical Communities & Institutions
Policy Priority: Support Communities and Critical Institutions Serving 21st-Century Students
The role of colleges and universities in educating today’s students cannot be overstated. The need to produce graduates who contribute to the workforce and the betterment of society is especially critical. Therefore, it is imperative for colleges and universities to educate today’s students well. To do so, institutional leaders and others across the postsecondary community must model and advance effective and scalable solutions for the 21st-century student. In addition, postsecondary leaders will need to work with community partners—business, civic, faith-based, and so on—to develop relevant educational and workforce strategies for local and regional advancement.
To achieve these aims, IHEP is working to:
- Promote strong college–community collaborations that provide a foundation for the advancement of workforce, cultural, and civic engagement
- Identify and highlight promising practices of institutions serving underrepresented students well, and encourage the alignment of evidence-based strategies and systems of accountability that support student success
- Provide opportunities for institutions, place-based stakeholders, and national partners to work collaboratively to implement, scale, and sustain systemic access and success efforts