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Higher education equity is essential for promoting social justice and equal opportunities. It ensures that individuals from all backgrounds, regardless of their race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or other demographic factors, have equal access to and opportunities within higher education. Our research helps identify and understand disparities in access, retention, and outcomes, and provides evidence-based recommendations to address them.


Pell Institute’s Student Advisory Board to Shape the future of post-secondary success

The Pell Institute launched a pioneering research study on TRIO learners’ views of post-secondary credential completion. Seeking collaboration from Black, Latino/a, and Indigenous TRIO college students, the institute formed a 10-12 member Student Advisory Board. Chosen participants receive a stipend and meet monthly, beginning September 2023. This research is funded by a grant from Lumina Foundation.  Learn more about the grant here.

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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.