Serving Their Share: Some Colleges Could Be Doing a Much Better Job Enrolling and Graduating Low-Income Students

Serving Their Share: Some Colleges Could Be Doing a Much Better Job Enrolling and Graduating Low-Income Students

Large public universities with high graduation rates have the greatest potential to enroll and graduate qualified low-income students, an issue brief from the finds. Based on data from the , the brief, (9 pages, PDF), found that large public universities enroll proportionally fewer Pell Grant recipients than other institutions and suggests that they could enroll more low-income students without altering their admissions standards. A survey of public universities also found that challenges to increasing low-income student enrollment included gaps in college readiness, budget constraints, and competition-driven tensions in the enrollment management process. Funded by the , the brief argues that many institutions of higher education have increased enrollment of Pell Grant recipients while maintaining their high graduation rates by making a campus-wide commitment to prioritizing and devoting resources to underserved groups, conducting outreach through community partnerships, and taking a supportive, hands-on approach to students from underserved groups.