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Center For Postsecondary Readiness and Success (CPRS)

Schuler Scholar Program Scholars at CPRS/SOE


To increase equitable and accessible pathways to postsecondary success for all people.


The Center will create an aligned system, driven by student outcomes to disseminate new knowledge and discovery of college and career readiness and persistence models, while simultaneously connecting this new knowledge to K- 12 and higher education policy formation.


Through strategic partnerships, the center will engage in multi-disciplinary approaches to improve equitable student postsecondary opportunity—with implications for practice, research and policy development. The Center will be specifically devoted to the study of systems and processes that elevate the voices of vulnerable communities.


  • Ensure that every student has access to a school counselor.
  • Identify a common set of practitioner competencies needed to effectively guide and support students on their postsecondary path.
  • Dissect school and community-based factors that influence and contribute to the current gaps and barriers for postsecondary attainment
  • Identify and dismantle school-based systems, policies, and practices that hinder equitable postsecondary opportunities
  • Reimagine, reframe, and conduct interdisciplinary research to unpack effective counseling practices that support equitable student postsecondary exploration, and planning
  • Publish practitioner, family, and student friendly reports to disseminate knowledge, provide tools and increase exposure to foster replication of evidence based practices

CPRSJournal of College Access
Laura Owen, Director of the School of Education's Center For Postsecondary Readiness and Success, has been named an editor of The Journal of College Access.


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