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 Howard, Princeton, Stanford, Wharton, University of Pennsylvania, Wesleyan, Cornell, Georgetown, Arizona State University, Barnard and Harvard (inaugural course), we deliver and support 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 →

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

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

Howard University
College Algebra, in partnership with Khan Academy, Taught by professors Janelle Burke and Kari Fulton

Stanford University
Raise Your Voice: Learn to Write Successfully for College and Beyond Taught by Stanford Professors, Dr. Mackenzie Russell and Dr. Thomas Hendrickson.

Stanford University
Introduction to Computer Science Taught by lecturer Patrick Young

Wesleyan University
Introduction to Psychology, Taught by Wesleyan Professor, Lisa Dierker

Wesleyan University
The Modern and the Postmodern, Taught by President, Michael Roth

Princeton University
Western Way of War, Taught by professor Miguel Centeno

University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School
Essentials of Personal Finance, Taught by professor David Musto

Cornell University
Big Data for Big Policy Problems, Taught by Cornell Professor Matthew Hall

Arizona State University
Poetry in America
Taught by Powell M. Cabot Professor at Harvard University, Elisa New
This course is currently offered in partnership with Arizona State University.

Arizona State University
Introduction to Cloud Computing Taught by Arizona State University Professors John Rome, Jason Nichols and Raghu Santanam
This course is taught in partnership with Amazon Web Services.

Georgetown University
Map of the Modern World, Taught by professor Mark Giordano

Barnard College of Columbia University
Introduction to Microeconomics, Taught by professor Homa Zarghamee

Yale University and University of Connecticut
The Psychology of Happiness and the Good Life, Taught by Yale professor Laurie Santos