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Rutgers joins collaborative to increase college access

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Rutgers University-New Brunswick is collaborating with 130 public universities and systems nationwide to increase college access, close the achievement gap and award hundreds of thousands more degrees by 2025, according to the school.

The participating institutions will work within clusters of four to 12 institutions as they implement practices to advance student success on their campuses. Collectively, the institutions enroll 3 million students, including 1 million who receive Pell Grants.

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, which is organizing the collaborative effort known as “Powered by Publics: Scaling Student Success,” announced the program at its 131st annual meeting in New Orleans.

“Powered by Publics” is the largest collaborative effort to improve college access, advance equity and increase college degrees awarded, according to Rutgers. In addition to committing to those goals, participating institutions have pledged to share aggregate data demonstrating their progress.

Rutgers-New Brunswick enrolls 34,802 undergraduate students, many of them from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds.

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David Hutter grew up in Darien, Conn., and covers higher education, transportation and manufacturing for NJBIZ. He can be reached at dhutter@njbiz.com.

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