Stand Policy Fellowship

Stand Policy Fellows explore topics and research policy areas with a deep impact on education in Illinois. They work with subject-matter experts, study data, and make policy recommendations.

The 2019-20 Policy Fellows played a critical role in Stand’s evaluation of the dual credit landscape in Illinois.

Access to dual credit opportunities helps students prepare for a successful college experience while reducing the cost and time to graduate. But we can only achieve the full promise of dual credit opportunities in Illinois if the opportunities to take these courses are equitably available to students, no matter where they attend high school.

Participants grow their networks, learn from experts, communicate regularly with Stand’s policy team, and meet with elected officials. Through thoughtful discussions your collective voice informs Stand’s work on a report centered on dual credit access and quality. Learn more about previous Policy Fellowship classes and the impact their work has had.

Their work build off the efforts of the 2018-19 Class of Policy Fellows and their report, Stop Illinois Brain Drain: Building Pathways to Prosperity for High School Students.

As a Policy Fellow, you will be an active participant in discussions focused on improving dual credit access and quality in Illinois. Fellows spent the beginning of the Fellowship diving into the details of dual credit policy and examine the current landscape of Illinois’ dual credit offerings. Based on those discussions, Fellows drafted a report outlining policies the State can adopt to improve access to dual credit courses.

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