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Prioritizing College Affordability

Aug 6, 2021 | 20 Million Minds


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Our grant supported a study of West Hills College’s focus on its textbook affordability initiative and the role its governing board played in driving implementation of this innovative, cost-saving measure for students.
— Michelson 20MM

How Governing Boards Can Prioritize College Affordability


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In late 2020, the Michelson 20MM Foundation awarded a grant to Partners for College Affordability and Public Trust (Partners) centered on the affordability strategies of the governing boards of U.S. higher education institutions or systems. Partners is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to making high-quality, affordable college education a reality for all Americans. They are committed to accelerating the widespread adoption of public policies and institutional practices that improve quality and lower costs at America’s public colleges and universities. They translate good ideas into action by bridging the gaps between research, policy, and practice.

Lessons from West Hills College

The project Michelson 20MM supported seeks to explain the role governing board members play in bringing about affordability measures and their relationship with college executives and their agendas. Specifically, our grant supported a study of West Hills College’s focus on its textbook affordability initiative and the role its governing board played in driving implementation of this innovative, cost-saving measure for students.

Read more about West Hills and their study of OER key findings.