In order to achieve equity for all students and meet the workforce needs of our economy, we must have an education system that ensures high school completion and equips students with skills and resources required for lifelong learning and success.
The Gateway to College National Network policy agenda reflects our work with communities to build additional pathways for disconnected youth to achieve a high school diploma and a meaningful college credential.
Youth who have dropped out of high school need relevant pathways to reengage with education.
All students should receive robust college readiness curriculum and dual enrollment opportunities.
First generation and low-income students have dramatically higher rates of postsecondary success when they receive personalized, on-campus support including structured coaching and coordinated peer groups.
Postsecondary institutions must provide:
House Bill 1146 permits community colleges and school districts to create Gateway-inspired “Dropout Recovery Programs." Gateway to College partners at Front Range Community College (FRCC) and Pueblo Community College played key roles developing and advocating for this legislation.
Open Doors Youth Reengagement (HB 1418, 2010) creates a statewide reengagement system for out-of-school youth that funds alternative instructional models, features accountability measures relevant to reengaged students, and emphasizes the role of community and technical colleges in that work. Lake Washington Institute of Technology’s Dean of High School programs and Gateway to College program director served on a state committee that crafted regulatory language for Open Doors.
Mississippi Works, an initiative to fund students at risk of dropping out to complete high school on a college campus, was informed by Hinds Community College, at the request of Mississippi Department of Education, and its experience with Gateway. Gateway to College National Network also provided information and recommendations directly to the task force designing the policy.