Engineering an Expansion of the College Pipeline | Molly Corbett Broad

It is a rare plot of common ground for national leaders across the ideological and political spectrum: Enabling more Americans to gain a college degree is a vital economic and social imperative of our time.

That call by President Obama and others to restore the United States' higher education preeminence spurred the American Council on Education (ACE) and other higher education organizations to create and guide the work of the recent National Commission on Higher Education Attainment.

But it is important to keep in mind that it is nearly impossible to expand the college pipeline by enough to meet our national attainment goals simply by increasing the number of first-time, full-