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Feb 17 2021

Congressional Staff Briefing: Higher Education Access and Student Success

Congressional Briefing


Over 139,000 students applied for admission into UCLA’s Fall 2021 freshman class and the number of transfer student applications rose ten percent from the previous year.

Efforts to expand access to higher education spur conversations focused on the resources needed to ensure student success and degree completion.

Education researchers have analyzed historical student data and trends impacting higher education. This research helps us formulate models on how universities can foster expanded access and help assure student success.

How might policymakers most effectively partner with universities to meet educational outcomes for a growing number of “neo-traditional” students? What are the research-informed best practices that can help assure our investments provide the greatest return to our students and to our society? You are cordially invited to join leading education researchers for a vital conversation on the emerging postsecondary educational landscape. Learn about the shifts taking place in the composition of the student body and the important role the government holds in supporting degree completion.

The basis of the conversation will center on the book, “Beyond Free College: Making Higher Education Work for 21st Century Students” by Eileen Strempel and Stephen J. Handel.


Eileen L. Strempel
Inaugural Dean, Professor of Music, The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music

Stephen J. Handel
Executive Director, Higher Education at The College Board

Debbie L. Sydow
President, Richard Bland College of William & Mary


Youlonda Copeland-Morgan
Vice Provost, UCLA Enrollment Management

Attending this Program?


The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music is eager to provide a variety of accommodations and services for access and communications. If you would like to request accommodations, please do so 10 days in advance of the event by emailing ADA@schoolofmusic.ucla.edu or calling (310) 825-0174.


The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music acknowledges the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (the Los Angeles basin and So. Channel Islands). As a land grant institution, we pay our respects to the Honuukvetam (Ancestors), ‘Ahiihirom (Elders) and ‘Eyoohiinkem (our relatives/relations) past, present and emerging.