Stroble on Leaders Panel Focused on Higher Ed Affordability, First-Generation and Low-Income Students

| February 26, 2014
TAP Program

President Beth Stroble recently joined other higher ed leaders in discussing college affordability and institutional policies that impact first-generation and low-income students. (Pictured above: Participants in Webster’s Transitions and Academic Prep (TAP) Program)

Webster University President Beth Stroble joined other higher education leaders in December to focus on the issue of college affordability and institutional policies that impact first-generation and low-income students.

The forum was hosted by St. Louis Graduates (formerly the St. Louis Regional College Access Pipeline Project) a collaborative network of youth-serving college access provider organizations, K-12 education, higher education, philanthropic funders and businesses.

Other participants included Joe Reagan, president of St. Louis Regional Chamber; Thomas George, chancellor of  University of Missouri-St. Louis; Donna Dare, vice chancellor for Academic and Student Services at St. Louis Community College; Stan Shoun, president of Ranken Technical College; as well as representatives from Saint Louis University, Southeast Missouri State University, University of Missouri-Columbia and Washington University.

The group affirmed the importance of focusing on need-based aid to ensure all students have the opportunity to complete a post-secondary degree. Other critical issues identified include developmental education and time-to-degree completion.

St. Louis Graduates anticipates follow-up discussion in the coming months. With support from Citi Foundation, St. Louis Graduates has also engaged Ann Coles, who worked with Boston-area higher education institutions in developing the Success Boston plan, which examined existing practices and policies and ultimately worked with institutions in crafting plans to strengthen them.

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