The Pell Institute is focused on bringing clarity to questions of equity.
The Pell Institute is focused on bringing clarity to questions of equity. Through the creation and dissemination of rigorous and timely research, Pell works to encourage policymakers, educators, and the public to address systemic equity issues in postsecondary education, and improve educational opportunities and outcomes of low-income students, first-generation students, and students with disabilities.
The Pell Institute is the research arm of the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE). The Pell Institute shares the mission of the Council to advance and defend the ideal of equal opportunity in postsecondary education. As such, Pell’s research aims to ensure that the least advantaged segments of the American population have a realistic chance to enter and graduate from a postsecondary institution toward fulfilling careers.
To achieve its mission, the Pell Institute strives to:
- serve as an information resource to policymakers and practitioners by presenting high-quality, rigorous research and policy analysis that is user-friendly and accessible.
- work in partnerships at national, regional, state, and institutional levels to maximize the impact of the Pell Institute and to to increase its relevance to improving access to higher education.
illustrate the need for increased support of policies, programs, and practices that improve attainment in higher education
The Pell Institute is the first research institute to specifically examine the issues affecting educational opportunities for first-generation, low-income students and students with disabilities. The Pell Institute publishes research and analyses that address equal educational opportunities for that growing population. Additional publications include occasional papers, policy briefs, and an electronic newsletter.
Why the Pell Institute?
The Pell Institute is named for Senator Claiborne Pell (RI-D), who served in the U.S. Senate from 1961 to 1997. Senator Pell was the principal sponsor of the federal Basic Educational Opportunity Grant, the student aid program that helps low-income students attend college. In 1980, the program was renamed the Pell Grant Program to honor the Senator’s efforts.
- Read more about Senator Pell
- Read the Pell Institute’s statement on Senator Pell’s passing and legacy
- Learn more about the Pell Insitute’s history and development
The Pell Institute is the first research institute to specifically examine the issues affecting educational opportunity for low-income, first-generation, and disabled college students. Learn more about the Pell Institute, including our mission, purpose, goals, and history.
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