RI Alliance for College & Career Readiness E-News: October 2019
Advocacy & Policy
Advising Undocumented Students in Rhode Island for College Access
College Visions, a community organization dedicated to advancing equal access to educational opportunities in historically under-served communities, released Advising Undocumented Students in Rhode Island for College Access . This guide was created to inform and support advisors, counselors, teachers and educators how to best advise undocumented students during the college application process. College Visions hopes that every student receives equitable access to resources, academic support, and higher education regardless of their background and circumstances.
New Reports on Equitable Access to College and Career Readiness Opportunities
Equitable Access to College and Career Readiness Opportunities and Advisory Systems and Individual Learning Plans  examine policies and practices that support equitable access to college and career readiness opportunities and how Rhode Island can ensure that these opportunities are available for all students, particularly low-income students, students of color, and students in high-need communities.
In the News
Rhode Island Promise and Graduation Rates in the News

" In the months since the first group of students receiving free tuition to the Community College of Rhode Island completed its second year of classes, officials who backed the Rhode Island Promise scholarship program have had good reason to boast.

The two-year graduation rate at the college hit 19 percent this year, tripling its historical average of 6 percent and putting it above the national average. Enrollment has surged, especially for minority students.

But even as CCRI President Meghan Hughes and Governor Gina Raimondo, another of the program’s supporters, celebrate the program’s initial accomplishments, Hughes acknowledges the college still has more work to do when it comes to raising graduation rates for the low-income students the free tuition program was designed to help. "

Alliance Member Spotlight
The College Crusade of Rhode Island is a comprehensive college-readiness and scholarship program for middle school and high school students in low-income urban school districts.

The College Crusade was inspired by the idea that the consistent involvement of caring adults helps young people overcome economic and educational disadvantages. The College Crusade's one-on-one advising model and the resulting relationships students develop with their advisors is a key component of the program that leads to the great success their students experience in and out of the classroom. College Crusade advisors are more than just a support system for Crusaders; many become mentors and friends. Learn more here !