Talent is evenly distributed, opportunity is not.

We aim to change that.

The National Education Equity Lab is bringing college credit-bearing classes from the nation’s top colleges to high school students in historically underserved communities around the country, at no cost to students.

Lincoln Center celebrates students, teachers, and families in our National Pilot. Read More →

The National Education Equity Lab is forging a new kind of relationship between our nation’s colleges and high schools rooted in our belief that while talent is evenly distributed, opportunity is not.

Our Strategy

We empower colleges to take a more active role in developing and inspiring the next generation of leaders. In partnership with pioneering universities including Yale, Howard, Cornell, ASU, UConn and Harvard (inaugural course), we deliver online college credit-bearing courses into teacher-led high school classrooms across the country.

By enabling high school students from historically underserved communities to take actual college courses from college professors, students can build the skills — and confidence — needed to apply to and thrive in college. Participating students earn widely-transferable college credits, at no cost to them — and have access to mentorship and hands-on support.

This opportunity literally showed me what I was capable of. When I passed the class my brother told me I should aim higher than what is typical in our Navajo community. So I applied to Columbia University, was admitted, and will begin this fall. In that way, this opportunity has changed my life.”

Di’Zhon Chase (Student), Gallup, New Mexico

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“Democratizing access to higher education in our nation has never been more critical. Offering a college credit-bearing course to talented students in Title 1 high school classrooms is game-changing.”

ARNE DUNCAN, Former U.S. Secretary of Education and Advisory Board Member

Expanding Access & Opportunity

High school students can earn college credit, taking actual college courses from actual college professors, at no cost to them.

College Courses

View at-a-glance preliminary pilot findings data here →

Cornell University
Big Data for Big Policy Problems, Taught by Cornell Professors, Maria Fitzpatrick and Matthew Hall

Harvard Extension School
Poetry In America: The City From Whitman to Hip Hop, Taught by Powell M. Cabot Professor at Harvard University, Elisa New
This course is currently offered in partnership with Arizona State University.

Howard University
Principles of Criminal Justice, Taught by Howard Professor Bahiyyah Muhammad

Howard University
Environmental Studies and Justice, Taught by Howard Professors Janelle Burke & Kari Fulton

Arizona State University
Introduction to Engineering: Imagine Design. Engineer! Taught by Arizona State University Professor, Haolin Zhu

Yale University and the University of Connecticut
Psychology and the Good Life, Taught by Yale Professor Laurie Santos