The College Board Advocacy & Policy Center (CBAPC) recently released a series of resources for educators and policymakers, including a progress report on the United States’ goal to become a world leader in educational attainment by 2025. The report tracks several indicators at the state and national levels aligned to recommendations by the Commission on Access, Admissions and Success in Higher Education.

The Commission on Access, Admissions and Success in Higher Education has presented the following ten recommendations as ‘so important they cannot be ignored.’ To learn more, visit the Completion Agenda’s website.

  1. Early Childhood: Provide voluntary, universally available, high-quality preschool education to low-income families.
  2. College and Career Counseling: Improve middle- and high-school counseling so that it offers clearer information and direction for college preparation.
  3. Drop-out Prevention and Recovery: Implement the most effective research-based drop-out prevention programs, including targeted interventions starting in elementary school focused on early warning signs.
  4. Standards and Alignment: Align K-12 educational standards with international standards and the expectations of higher education institutions, as well as benchmarks for life and the workforce.
  5. Educator Quality: Improve teacher quality and focus on recruiting and retaining an educator workforce.
  6. College Admission: Clarify and simplify the admission process so that all postsecondary institutions uphold the highest standards while making financial aid and admittance more consistent and transparent.
  7. Student Financial Aid: Offer more need-based grant aid while streamlining the application process for loans, grants and other financial aid.
  8. College Affordability: Restrain growth in tuition and other costs, better-allocate existing resources and require state governments to meet their obligation to fund higher ed.
  9. College Completion: ‘Dramatically’ increase college completion rates by improving retention, making transfer easier between institutions and implementing data-based strategies for identifying and solving retention and dropout issues.
  10. Adult Education: Include postsecondary opportunities as a core element of adult education programs and supplement basic skills with a new ‘honors GED.’