College Success

By 2018, 63 percent of U.S. jobs will require some college education, with 33 percent of jobs requiring a bachelor's degree or better, and 30 percent requiring some college or an associate degree. This makes college degree attainment more important than ever. However, college achievement is skewed: students from underserved backgrounds (e.g., first-generation, low-income) face significant barriers enrolling in, attending and graduating from college.

As a result, while 70 percent of students from high-income families earn a bachelor's degree by age 25, only 10 percent of students from low-income families manage to do the same. Overwhelmingly, most low-income students begin their postsecondary education at community colleges. Yet, nationally of all students who begin at a community college, only 14 percent transfer and complete a bachelor's degree within six years.

At ECMC Foundation, we aim to increase the number of students from traditionally underserved backgrounds who persist through and graduate from an institution of higher education with a four-year degree.

College Success invests in programs that:

  • Improve students' transition to and through college toward a bachelor's degree.
  • Support on-time transfer from two-year to four-year institutions.
  • Develop existing networks that cultivate institutional knowledge and reform in leadership, practitioner and cultural practice.
  • Enhance students' graduation with career-ready skills toward a profession in their field of study.

Learn more about our College Success grantee partners.