Highlights from our first national conference:

“Fulfilling Our Responsibility: Higher Education for the New Student Majority”

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In the News

The Yes We Must Coalition Announces Commitment to Expand College Access
at White House Event

December 4, 2014


Lumina Foundation Awards the Yes We Must Coalition $200,000

November 2014

The Yes We Must Coalition is grateful to Lumina Foundation for a grant of $200,000, in their words, "to support the growth and programming of a new higher education leadership community." 



  • Contribute to the attainment
    of the 2020 national goal to increase the number of students achieving college degrees.
  • Be a national voice to advocate for students from low-income backgrounds and the role of institutions and organizations that effectively serve them.
  • Work to improve graduation rates for low-income students.

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The Yes We Must Coalition brings together private colleges and universities and affiliated organizations and individuals who are committed to access to higher education and success through to graduation for low income/1st generation students. 

If you are a supporter of greater equity in higher education, of improving college graduation rates for underrepresented students, and of collaborative processes that reduce college costs and increase student success, please join us.

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There has never been an organization for private colleges
that serve significant numbers
of students from low-income backgrounds. The very designation “private college” inaccurately suggests service to the wealthy.
To the contrary, nearly 100 small, non-profit, private colleges and universities provide all the benefits
of personalized, relationship-based education mainly to students from low-income backgrounds. These students are often the first in their families to attend college and are often students of color or students from rural white America.

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