Franklin & Marshall College Featured in New Education Trust Report
Franklin & Marshall College Featured in New Education Trust ReportAbby Hexter, Assistant Director, Member Communications, The College Board
The Education Trust has released a report titled Tough Love: Bottom-Line Quality Standards for Colleges that lays out comprehensive strategies to ensure that students graduate from college prepared for success. Although college-going rates are rising among American students, college graduation rates are “among the lowest in the developed world,” according to the report.
The report features a case study on Franklin & Marshall College (F&M), and acknowledges Dan Porterfield, F&M president and College Board Trustee, and his work to promote these operating principles on campus. Through relationship building with K–12 and community organizations, and F&M College Prep, a program that brings high-achieving first-generation students to campus for three weeks the summer before their senior year, the number of Pell Grant recipients enrolled at F&M has tripled in just three years.
Tough Love calls on the federal government to leverage student loan and tax benefit resources to establish protocols and oversight that will protect students and create consequences for chronically underperforming schools. The report also encourages elite institutions to expand access for Pell grant recipients and underrepresented students.