The Pell Institute publishes research and analyses that address equal educational opportunity, particularly the outcomes for low-income and first-generation students and students with disabilities. Additional publications include occasional papers, policy briefs, and an electronic newsletter.


Indicators of Higher Education Equity in the United States 2024: 50-Year Historical Trend Report

This 2024 edition is the 9th in the current series, begun in 2015. This publication brings together again in partnership the Pell Institute with the Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy of the University of Pennsylvania (PennAHEAD). Both organizations have a core mission to promote a more open, equitable, and democratic system of higher education. The Pell Institute, with its historical and ongoing ties to the federal TRIO programs, has a special mission to promote more opportunity for low-income and first-generation students, and students with disabilities.

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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.