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New College Promise Database

October 25, 2016

The College Promise Campaign released its first report Monday examining more than 150 Promise programs across 37 states that are offering some form of free community college.

The online database, which was assembled by a team from the University of Pennsylvania, seeks to track the characteristics of Promise programs including funding, student and institution demographics, educational interventions, and student eligibility requirements. Officials from the campaign hope the database can be used by communities and states that are designing or expanding their own types of Promise programs.

"The programs that are in the data set are very inclusive," said Laura Perna, director of the Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy at the University of Pennsylvania. "We've tried not to eliminate things from the online data set so folks can sift through and see if it meets their qualifications."

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Ashley A. Smith

Ashley A. Smith, Reporter, covers community colleges, for-profit schools and non-traditional students for Inside Higher Ed. She joined the publication in 2015 after covering government and K-12 education for the Fort Myers News-Press in Florida for three years. Ashley also covered K-12 and higher education for three years at the Marshfield News-Herald in Wisconsin. She has interned with The Flint Journal, USA Today and the Detroit Free Press. Ashley grew up in Detroit and is a 2008 graduate of Michigan State University. 

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