From Iraq To Ivy League

By: Kristopher Goldsmith This post was originally published on Forbes. I did not begin dreaming of going to college until I was nineteen years old, carrying an M-4 rifle, patrolling the war-torn streets of Sadr City, Baghdad. It was 2005, just two years after I had graduated from Mepham High School on Long Island. That’s […]

Baltimore County Builds A College Promise

By Dr. Sandra L. Kurtinitis and Kevin Kamenetz Gabby, a student at Loch Raven High School in Baltimore County, has big hopes and dreams. She’s a textbook college candidate with good grades and strong extracurricular involvement. She stands out in her role as an active member of the Future Business Leaders of America and has […]

College Promise & Open Educational Resources: A Winning Combination

By Hal Plotkin, Senior Open Policy Fellow at Creative Commons USA This post was previously posted on Forbes.com This week is Open Education Week, when members of Open Education Consortium come together to showcase what they’re doing to make education more open, free, and available to everyone. When Melissa Hoch was in her mid-40’s, newly divorced, […]

How A Filmmaker Found His Voice in Community College

By Alexander Shebanow, a documentary filmmaker and director of Fail State, an expansive documentary exposé on predatory for-profit colleges and worsening inequality in American higher education This post was previously posted on Forbes.com In 2009, I graduated high school with mediocre grades, mediocre SAT scores, a too-good-for-college-stubbornness, and a half-hatched plan to move to Los Angeles […]

Helping More Minority Students Get To Community College

By Maya White. Maya White is a graduate student at The George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management, pursuing a MPS in Legislative Affairs. This fall, she worked as the Outreach and Advocacy fellow for the College Promise Campaign. This post was previously posted on Forbes.com Far too few minority students pursue or complete […]

From Community College To The White House (And Back Again!)

By James Schuelke, Senior Director of Advocacy & Engagement for the College Promise Campaign. This post was previously posted on Forbes.com From the White House to an Ivy League campus, I’ve been fortunate to spend time in some remarkable places—but none more so than a community college classroom. As a proud community college graduate, I […]


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