Community of Practice

The purpose of this community of practice is to generate knowledge and evidence about practices that best serve our students. Through our Community of Practice, we seek to learn together utilizing shared research, evaluation, and data to increase equity and educational opportunity leading to college success for low-income, first-generation students and individuals with disabilities.


Community members see research, evaluation, and evidence-supported practices as crucial to improving the success of college access and success programs.

Members believe that knowledge, strategies, and practices developed in the many successful programs around the country should be documented and shared with the larger community of college access and success professionals. Finally, this community hopes to learn about sharing effective, innovative methods for evaluating the success of each program. As one of the COE-sponsored online communities, this community of practice facilitates the sharing of ideas, network, and connect institutions better to support our students’ academic access and success.


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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.