This year 20 top universities, including Georgetown, Brown, Duke, Syracuse, and Pennsylvania pledged to recruit more alumni from the charter network Knowledge Is Power Program, or KIPP, which focuses on providing education for underprivileged students in both rural and urban areas.
Georgetown Univeristy and Trinity Washington most recently announced their partnership with KIPP, signing the pledges this past Tuesday.
KIPP, whose motto is “Work hard. Be Nice.”, is a national network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools dedicated to preparing students in under-served communities for success in college. There are currently 125 KIPP schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia serving more than 41,000 students. More than 87 percent of their students are from low-income families and are eligible for the federal free or reduce-priced meals program. Ninety-five percent are African American or Latino. Nationally, more than 90 percent of KIPP middle school students have graduated high school, and more than 80 percent of KIPP alumni have gone on to college.
The agreement does not guarantee admission for any KIPP students within the 20 colleges, but instead states that ”KIPP will promote the 20 colleges among its 39,000 students nationwide, and in exchange, the colleges will identify and recruit top KIPP students, help those who have financial need and ensure those who enroll stay on track to graduate,” according to Washington Post. The partnerships aim to recruit 225 to 275 KIPP alumni to the 20 colleges next year.
Learn more about the KIPP Foundation and KIPP schools in their video, embedded below.