Access to Success in America: Critical Roles for Higher Education
Kati Haycock, President of the Washington, DC-based Education Trust will talk about the changing dynamics of opportunity and mobility in the US, and important roles that higher education can play in paving the path upward for more young Americans. Often called the “most important truth teller in American education,” Haycock will share national data on access and success in higher education, focusing especially on low-income students and students of color. She’ll also describe what the Trust has learned from institutions that have made the biggest gains in improving student success and in closing longstanding gaps between groups.
Welcome: Mary Ellen Petrisko, President, WASC Senior College and University Commission; Bill Ladusaw, Chair, WASC Senior College and University Commission
Kati Haycock is the President of The Education Trust. Established in 1996, the Trust works for the high academic achievement of all students at all levels, pre-kindergarten through college. The organization’s goal is to close the gaps in opportunity and achievement that consign too many low-income students and students of color to lives on the margins of the American mainstream. Before coming to The Education Trust, Haycock served as Executive Vice President of the Children's Defense Fund, the nation's largest child advocacy organization. A native Californian, Haycock founded and served as President of The Achievement Council, a statewide organization that provided assistance to teachers and principals in predominantly minority schools in improving student achievement. She also served as Director of Outreach and Student Affirmative Action programs for the nine-campus University of California system. Kati Haycock has received numerous awards for her service in behalf of our nation’s youth, and serves as a director on several education-related boards, including the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, The New Teacher Project, and the Hunt Institute.