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College access and success programs connect with Boston students, but opportunities remain

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A new report conducted by the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute for Success Boston finds that Boston students have access to unprecedented levels of support for getting into and persisting in college, but that the effectiveness of those supports would be increased by improved coordination and sharing among schools, community organizations and higher education institutions.

The report, Supporting Postsecondary Success: Understanding the College Access and Success Landscape in Boston,was released this morning at a Boston Foundation event. It tracked more than 150 school and community organizations providing college access and/or college success programs and services to students from Boston. Programs are in place across the city, focused on traditionally underrepresented students. Almost 90% of CAS program participants are from low-income families, nearly three-quarters are or will be first-generation college students, and about three-quarters are Black/African-American or Hispanic/Latino.

“This report demonstrates the significant investment that Boston Public Schools, our higher education system and organizations large and small are making to improve the trajectory for the city’s youth,” said Elizabeth Pauley, Associate Vice President for Education to Career at the Boston Foundation. “But it also draws attention to the need for all of us to ensure that we are building upon each other’s efforts to ensure an even larger percentage of students can succeed in postsecondary education and beyond.”

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