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The Challenge:
Only 13% of students from Houston's low-income communities earn a post-secondary degree (two or four-year) within ten years of graduating from high school. 

- THECB TEA FY 2008 8th Grade Cohort

In the United States, only 25% of high-achieving students from low-income communities apply to the nation's most selective colleges and universities.
- True Merit, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation 

Browse articles and commentary on undermatching from around the country:


"'The Years That Matter Most': Paul Tough's Remarkable Book on the Inequities in Higher Education" 


September 16, 2019

"Finishing What My Parents Started: College Aspirations among EMERGE Students"

Rice University's Kinder Institute for Urban Research

September 2019

"When Disadvantaged Students Overlook Elite Colleges"

The Atlantic

April 18, 2018

"True Merit: Ensuring Our Brightest Students Have Access to Our Best Colleges and Universities"

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

January 2016

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