A Conversation With Rhode Island
Serving the entire state of Rhode Island, Graduate! Rhode Island joined the Network in 2016.
Why does this work matter? Why are you building a pathway locally for adults to come back and complete a degree?
In Rhode Island, over 128,000 adults have completed some college without obtaining a degree. By 2018, over 61% of jobs in Rhode Island will require at least some postsecondary education. Currently, though, only 43.2% of adults in RI over 25 years old hold an associate’s degree or higher.
Who were your first champions?
Maria Carvalho, College Crusade of RI (co-lead); Jill Holloway, RI Adult Education Professional Development Center (co-lead); Angela Romans, Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University (co-lead); Jim Purcell, Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner; Michael Walker-Jones, Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner; Adam Bush, College Unbound; Dennis Littky, College Unbound; LaTanya Monteiro, Rhode Island College; Christiane Lambert, Rhode Island College; Hope Schachter, Community College of Rhode Island.
What's your goal? What are you aiming for?
To help meet the Board of Education goal of 60% of adults in Rhode Island having a high quality degree or credential by 2025 by developing a comprehensive, collective, systemic approach to re-engage adults to come back to higher education and complete degrees or industry-recognized certificates.
Why is your community an awesome place?
We have colleges and universities located all across the state bringing intellectual power to Rhode Island. Over 23% of Rhode Island’s populations are people of color, and we are rich in diversity and culture.
RI has a vibrant art scene and some of the best restaurants that rarely require a reservation.
Our capital city Providence was named by Architectural Digest as the Country’s Best Small City for our rich architectural interest, top-notch restaurants, and charming waterfront parks. Providence was ranked 16th for 2015 Most Diverse Communities in America by WalletHub.
Pell Grants are named after late RI Sen. Claiborne Pell, who was the primary sponsor in the U.S. Senate
Being the Ocean State, Rhode Island has some of the most stunning coastlines in the country.
Community Advising Locations
Graduate! Rhode Island is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to coordinate a statewide partnership with the goal to increase the state’s college completion rates. As a community collaboration between higher education, community agencies and employers, Graduate! Rhode Island aims to connect adults with the support and resources that will help them get back to and through college.