Search Tips:

Search Tip 1: Searching the Entire Site:
In the blue bar near the top of each page is a search box that provides a convenient way to search all the Pathways to College Network's Libraries and the entire Pathways' website at once using a word or word combination of your choice. Enter search words into the blue bar. Click on "Search Site" (results will include the first 5 or fewer items relevant to your search from each library and the general site listed in 4 sections). To see additional items, click on "View All Results" in any section for which 5 items are listed.
Search Tip 2: Using the Research Studies Library:
You can either “browse” or “search” the library. Browsing allows you to see all the items related to a topic, one or more key words, or a combination of both. Searching allows you to find a specific document. • Browse a topic by selecting “Show All Items in Topic” to generate a listing of all of the catalogued items for that topic, or by selecting a keyword or any combination of keywords and clicking on “Show Keyword Items.” More keyword selections yields more results (an “OR” search). • Perform a Keyword Search from the Keyword Search Page. On the Research Studies page, click on “Search by one or multiple keywords.” Select a keyword to find items associated with that keyword or select multiple keywords to find items associated with all keywords. Note: for this search, more keywords produce fewer results (an “AND” search). Click on the Search button. The results of a keyword search are listed as a bibliography in alphabetical order by author. If a single keyword search produces too many results, try adding a second or third keyword. • To print search results, click on the browser’s print icon, go to the print menu, or press CTRL/p. • To send search results to an email address, click on the check boxes of the desired records in your search results bibliography, enter an email address in the text box, and click on “Email Selected Records.” Note: you may send to multiple addresses by separating email addresses with a comma. • “Smart Search” is a search strategy that intelligently finds items associated with the words or phrases you enter in the Search box. “Description” finds words you enter in the Search box in the short paragraph describing each item in the library.
Search Tip 3: Using the College Access and Success State Data Library:
• On the Home page, click on a state to go directly to data for that state or use the "Find Selected State Data" tool to locate a state and a specific information category. • For each state, you may browse the information categories in the left navigation area and select resources from any category. • You may search the state sites by entering the desired text in the Search box at the top of the page and clicking "Search".
Search Tip 4: Using the College Planning Resources:
• Conduct a word search for materials in the Directory by entering text in the Search box pertaining to the document title, description, or organization that produced the material. • Keyword search: using the 6 sets of keywords, you may use as many keywords as you wish to define your search. We recommend selecting an audience, content keyword, and any other keywords that could help to define what you seek.
Pathways provides easy access to research-based policies, practices, and resources for improving college readiness and success of students who are under-represented in higher education.


The Pathways to College Network is an alliance of national organizations that advances college opportunity for underserved students by raising public awareness, supporting innovative research, and promoting evidence-based policies and practices across the K-12 and higher education sectors. Pathways promotes the use of research-based policies and practices, the development of new research that is both rigorous and actionable, and the alignment of efforts across middle school, high school, and higher education in order to promote college access and success for underserved students.

The Pathways to College Network is directed by the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP). IHEP is an independent, nonprofit organization in Washington, DC, dedicated to increasing access and success in postsecondary education around the world. Established in 1993, IHEP uses unique research and innovative programs to inform key decision makers who shape public policy and support economic and social development. IHEP’s web site,, features an expansive collection of higher education information available free of charge and provides access to some of the most respected professionals in the fields of public policy and research.


PCN Online Library
A comprehensive, searchable database of publications, research reports, websites, and other relevant resources related to improving college access and success for underserved students.

College Planning Resources
A directory of resources for counselors, teachers, mentors, and families to use in helping middle and high school students plan and prepare for college.

College Access and Success State Data
A compilation of links to the many state-specific resources intended for use by researchers, policy analysts, and practitioners to facilitate the development of a complete picture of the pathway to and through college.

Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation (CMSF) Library
The CMSF was created by the Canadian Parliament in 1999 with a mandate to improve access to postsecondary education for Canadians from all backgrounds. This library contains materials from the Millennium Research Program, aimed at reducing barriers to higher education for students across Canada. 

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A step-by-step resource for organizations and groups interested in developing effective marketing techniques to increase college participation. Included are case studies of successful campaigns, examples of campaign materials, and briefs on topics such as, How Social Networking Sites can be Utilized in a Campaign. The Southern Regional Education Board oversees this website.

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Comprehensive tools and related resources that provide school leaders and technical assistance providers with support to plan, organize, and implement secondary school redesign efforts.

Evaluation ToolkitEvaluation Toolkit

The Evaluation Toolkit is designed for professionals who work with college outreach programs that are interested in conducting small scale, high quality evaluations of their programs. The Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education oversees this website.

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An online resource for students, parents, counselors, researchers, and college access programs to identify and locate services or programs within a region, state, or locality.  The National College Access Network maintains and updates this directory.

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A searchable inventory of state-level policies and resources in 11 policy domains related to student achievement, access, and success in higher education.  The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) originally developed SPIDO in 2001 and has managed it since.

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