The Hope Center seeks to improve the lives of #RealCollege students by redefining the status quo, drawing attention to those “non-academic” issues that are often overlooked when evaluating higher education and other social institutions.

Our projects have a three-part life cycle. First, using rigorous research, we develop and evaluate creative approaches to solving challenges of practice, policy, and public perception. Second, our scientists work closely with thinkers and doers to ensure that effective implementations are enacted and scaled. Third, we spur systemic change by igniting a fire to engage others in taking advantage of what we have learned. Maximum impact is our ultimate goal.

Statement of Independence

The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice is a nonprofit research center focused on rethinking and restructuring higher education and social policies, practices, and resources to create opportunities for all students to complete college degrees.

We employ research methods that are scientifically sound and engage in research and related activities that advance our mission and values. The independence of our research and related activities is essential to maintaining the highest standards of integrity and quality. Moreover, this independence is essential to achieving our goals, as it is critical that our statements can be trusted to be the result of credible research.

We engage our funders through a range of stewardship activities, including events, meetings, roundtables, forums, conferences, books and other publications, and specialized communications. We may receive input from funders as well as advocates, policymakers, and other interested stakeholders on different aspects of our research and related activities, but we make the final decisions on conclusions and recommendations. We present our findings completely and objectively, through our reports, as well as expert testimony, conversations with the media, public events, and other forums. We believe that our greatest value to funders is the high quality, independent research we produce.