City Colleges and Partners Share Best Practices at First-Ever Learning Agenda Symposium


On January 24, 2023, City Colleges of Chicago will host its first-ever learning agenda symposium. The event, titled “Building Toward Equity in Higher Education,” will be held at Malcolm X College and will feature a series of discussions led by the experts who conducted the research, City Colleges students, staff, and faculty, and other leaders in the field, including the Under Secretary for the U.S. Department of Education.

Five years ago, City Colleges of Chicago launched the district’s first-ever learning agenda under the leadership of Chancellor Juan Salgado. Through this effort, City Colleges made a commitment to using data to drive continuous improvement. To do so, we built deep research-practice partnerships with several outside research organizations, including the UChicago Inclusive Economy Lab, the UChicago Consortium on School Research, American Institutes for Research, and the Community College Research Center at Columbia University. Our Learning Agenda work has been funded in part by an Anonymous Foundation.

Our strong partnerships and research inform everything we do, from how the district supports early academic momentum to the way we develop holistic wrap-around supports for student success. Recently, City Colleges of Chicago began scaling up our relationship with the student support organization One Million Degrees, which has led to further opportunity for our students to excel.

Each session will highlight lessons learned through our research, explore potential solutions and best practices, and inspire innovative approaches to supporting students in postsecondary spaces.

To learn more about the innovative work City Colleges is engaged in across Chicago, tune in to the symposium live stream beginning at 9:30 a.m. on the day of the event here.