Understand and improve policies and practices that lead to higher college retention, from high school graduation, to college entrance, first-year success, and to graduation and employment, for challenged and underrepresented students.
To provide professionals from higher education, secondary education, and community organizations, and others, a neutral forum for discussing important subjects in higher education, via small, affordable interactive conferences.
To conduct applied research – ideally through college-age and/or graduate interns – on key subjects, and to publish the results.
To advocate, both directly and via social media, issues and ideas re higher education to elected officials, state and federal government officials, post-secondary and secondary professionals, community-based professionals, and students.
A critical economic development challenge faces our nation: the high failure rate of high school graduates entering post-secondary education.
We cannot afford up to half of community college students and a third of state university students not surviving their freshman year, notmoving on to graduation, and not entering the workforce at their potential.
Nor can we allow a significant number of high school graduates who are accepted into some type of higher education, but do not enroll.
CHERE, created in 2013, is a program and subsidiary of the Hartford Consortium for Higher Education, a 25 year-old not-for-profit agency, focused primarily on college access for such students. CHERE expands the Consortium’s focus and programming beyond its fine tradition of access work, through a complementary focus on success in higher education.