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.


  1. 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.

  2. To conduct applied research – ideally through college-age and/or graduate interns – on key subjects, and to publish the results.

  3. 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.

Organizing Principles

  • 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.