Policy and Research

Policy Advocacy and Research Overview

Policy Advocacy

We believe there is a crisis in the field of college access and success.

While young people from upper income families receive extensive individual counseling and support for postsecondary search, application, matriculation and persistence, this is not true for many young people from low income families.

As a city and a nation, we need to work creatively to ensure that ALL young people have access to accurate and timely knowledge provided by highly training professionals, including individualized and culturally relevant support through each step of the postsecondary journey.

CARA leverages its programs and research to advocate for more equitable policies in higher education.

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CARA conducts research on critical issues in the fields of higher education access and success. We use quantitative, qualitative, and participatory research approaches to elevate issues of educational justice in the communities where we work.

Our goals are to:

  • Build on the partnerships we have with educational institutions to conduct research that is grounded in practice;
  • Contribute generalizable knowledge about the social forces that create and perpetuate educational inequity;
  • Contribute to the field by producing research that moves researchers and practitioners towards solutions.
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