Commit to Equity

Join St. Louis Graduates and St. Louis Regional Chamber in committing to eliminating racital and economic disparities in postsecondary degree completion.

INCREASE ACCESS TO COLLEGE FOR ALL

  • Business, higher education and community leaders – Reinforce the message that increased postsecondary attainment is a regional priority by signing and committing to implement the St. Louis Regional Education Commitment.
  • Higher education – Commit to increasing the percentage of Pell students, first-generation students and students of color attending your institution. Build out early college experiences to bridge K-12 and postsecondary education. Learn more about effective practices in Degrees with Less Debt: Effective Higher Education Strategies for Underrepresented Student Populations.
  • Business – Offer young adults summer jobs, internships, job shadowing days and other opportunities to understand careers in your field and the education required to pursue them.
  • High school counselors and non-profit advisors – Participate in St. Louis Graduates’ free Professional Development Institute to strengthen college and career advising and student postsecondary planning.
  • K-12 school districts – Ensure academic readiness through college prep courses, dual credit, and postsecondary planning. Guide student planning to find the best financial, academic and cultural fit.
  • Philanthropy -  Collaborate to support college and career readiness programs and ensure programs funded align with effective practice.

ENSURE POSTSECONDARY AFFORDABILITY

  • Policy-makers - Increase funding for Access Missouri so the program can, at a minimum, provide maximum awards to all 50,000 students who need this aid. End the legislative practice requiring Missouri’s public colleges and universities to charge international tuition rates to immigrant students. Convene a cross-sector financial aid task force to increase and prioritize state financial resources in support of students with financial need.
  • Higher education institutions – Prioritize need-based institutional aid and ensure consistency in financial aid packages from year to year.
  • Students – Join the bi-state Active Advocacy Coalition bringing voice to the issues that matter most to students.
  • Business and philanthropy – Support expansion of need-based scholarship and interest-free loan programs like those on Scholarship Central.
  • Employers – Provide tuition reimbursement to support employees with some credits in completing their degrees.

SUPPORT STUDENTS THROUGH DEGREE COMPLETION

  • Business - Promote a culture of life-long learning by offering a flexible work environment, tuition reimbursement and other workplace supports.  Join Gateway to Degrees to learn more about work-place practices that benefit returning adults.
  • Higher education institutions - Implement or strengthen policies and programs that:
    • Establish an early alert system, academic tutoring, and peer/faculty mentoring programs.
    • Provide guidance, class schedules and support to make on-time graduation possible.
    • Eliminate remedial education in favor of co-requisite models and similar proven methods.
    • Provide programs to support students with challenging life circumstances, including food insecurity, homelessness and mental health.