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The Talent Is Out There
So Why Don’t Elite Colleges Enroll More Low-Income Students?

  • August 6, 2018

Martin Kurzweil and the Aspen Institute’s Joshua Wyner published “The talent is out there. So why don’t elite colleges enroll more low-income students?” in The Washington Post.  Writing in response to a recent report from the American Enterprise Institute, they argue that “both low- and middle-income students are severely underrepresented at selective institutions. The report presents a false trade-off that diverts attention from the real issue: Students in the top…

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New Research from the American Talent Initiative on Community College Transfer to Top Colleges and Universities

The American Talent Initiative (ATI) just released new research suggesting that, each year, 50,000 high-achieving, low- and moderate-income community college students do not transfer to any four-year institution. Approximately 15,000 of these lower-income students have the academic credentials to be successful at even the most selective colleges and universities, having earned a 3.7 GPA or higher at their community college. ATI’s research demonstrates that enrolling more lower-income freshman is not…

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The Talent Blind Spot
The Case for Increasing Community College Transfer to High Graduation Rate Institutions

In addition to expanding access and enhancing educational quality, there is a compelling economic case to be made for increasing transfer students. Specifically, supporting community college transfer pathways may offer four-year colleges a financially sustainable strategy to provide an affordable education to substantially more low- and moderate-income students.


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American Talent Initiative Reaches 100 Schools Committed to Expanding Opportunity for More High-Achieving, Low-and Moderate-Income Students

We’re happy to share the news that the American Talent Initiative now includes 100 institutions committed to expanding opportunity for more high-achieving, low- and moderate-income students. The full press release about reaching this milestone is below.   In just over a year, ATI has grown from 30 to 100 institutions working to attract, enroll, and graduate high-achieving, low- and moderate-income college students The American Talent Initiative (ATI), a Bloomberg Philanthropies…

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Invest in Talent to Move the Dial on Socioeconomic Diversity on Nation’s College Campuses

Invest in talented young adults, and they will help us solve the world’s problems. That was the charge of Dan Porterfield, president of Franklin & Marshall College and incoming president of the Aspen Institute, to college and university presidents who gathered February 22-23 in New York City for the American Talent Initiative annual presidential summit. The effort, funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies and co-led by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program…

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Elizabeth Davidson Pisacreta at the College Board Middle States Regional Forum

On March 8, Elizabeth Davidson Pisacreta will be speaking on a panel about the American Talent Initiative at the College Board Middle States Regional Forum in Philadelphia. She will be joined by William Hite, Jr., Superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia; Dimity Palmer-Smith, Director of Partnerships, College Access & Success - America Achieves ; Courtney McAnuff , Vice President of Enrollment Management, Rutgers University; and Michele Minter, Vice Provost for…


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Strategies to Help Lower-Income Kids Go To College
Catharine Hill at SXSW EDU

On March 7, Catharine Bond Hill will be joined by Dan Porterfield, president of Franklin & Marshall, and Harold Levy, executive director of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, on a panel discussion at SXSW EDU in Austin, Texas. The panel will take place in Salon G, Hilton Austin Downtown, from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. Strategies to Help Lower-Income Kids Go To College Attaining a higher education is more important than ever. By…


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The American Talent Initiative’s Fall 2017 Data Working Group Meeting

In early October, the American Talent Initiative hosted main points of contact from member institutions in Washington, DC, for a Strategic Support Meeting, sharing research and connecting members around promising strategies for enhancing access and success for lower-income students. Later in the month, the American Talent Initiative held another convening, also in Washington DC, for the institutional research contacts of ATI member institutions. The meeting, run by Ithaka S+R and…

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The American Talent Initiative’s Fall 2017 Strategic Support Meeting
Convening Member Institutions for Collaborative Practice-Sharing

Earlier this month, more than 100 representatives from American Talent Initiative (ATI) member institutions and partner organizations convened in Washington, D.C. The meeting, run by The Aspen Institute and Ithaka S+R, was designed to give participants the opportunity to learn more about the progress of the initiative and to work collaboratively to advance practice in the key ATI focus areas (outreach, enrollment, financial aid, and retention/graduation). The initiative’s collective goal,…

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Universities Speak Up for Low Income Students
Martin Kurzweil Joins Panel Discussion at the NACAC National Conference

On September 15, from 10:15 am - 11:30 am, Martin Kurzweil will take part in a panel discussion, "American Talent Initiative: Universities Speak Up for Low-Income Students," at the NACAC Conference in Boston. The American Talent Initiative (ATI) was announced in December 2016, aiming to add 50,000 highly-qualified students from modest backgrounds to campuses with high graduation rates by the year 2025. Inside Higher Ed quickly named it as a trend…