The issues of college access and success continue to grow in importance; systems and the colleges and universities that compose them currently face challenges due to social, political, economic, and technological changes. If they are to fulfill their roles as drivers of social mobility and economic growth, they must redouble their efforts to: broaden access and opportunity, promote diversity, prioritize completions, and ensure quality at an affordable cost.
To that end, NASH works with its member systems to ensure that all students are offered the opportunity to better their lives and communities through higher education. Partnerships with our members and members of the higher education community help to strengthen these critical efforts.
Access to Success Initiative (A2S)
The Access to Success (A2S) Initiative is a project of the National Association of System Heads and the Education Trust. Spanning 22 public higher education systems that have committed to close access and equity gaps for low-income and minority students in half by 2015, A2S serves more than 3.5 million students.
Learn more about the A2S Initiative here.
Implementing Common Core Standards
For years, NASH has been equipping states and their postsecondary systems to implement the Common Core State Standards. In an effort to strengthen the partnership between K-12 and Higher Education, systems have been deeply involved in the implementation of Common Core State Standards. Through this support, NASH seeks to strengthen college readiness and increase completion rates, allowing students, communities, and institutions the ability to reap the benefits of higher levels of educational attainment.
Higher Ed for Higher Standards
The Higher Ed for Higher Standards coalition of system, SHEEO, and college and university leaders from across the United States. The coalition, which is part of the Collaborative for Student Success, is grounded by its mission of elevating the higher education voice in support of efforts by K-12 administrators to implement college- and career-ready standards, including the common core standards.
- Higher Ed for Higher Standards Website
- Editorial: Common Core is Common Sense for Higher Ed
- Article: College Leaders Sign On to Support Common Core Educational Standards
- Editorial: Use the Common Core. Use It Widely. Use It Well.
- Editorial: How the Common Core Will Keep the US Education System Competitive
National Professional Science Masters Association (NPSMA)
Together, NASH and the Professional Science Masters Association (NPSMA) have forged a partnership that has led to the development of graduate programs that align educational supply with the economic and workforce demands of a twenty-first century knowledge economy. Professional Science Masters programs allow graduate students to develop skills and competencies and scientific knowledge to careers while also providing them with the real-world experience of applying them, through partnerships with industry, non-profit, and public sector organizations.