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.

About Us



Alisa Cunningham

Alisa Federico Cunningham

Vice President of Research and Programs, Institute for Higher Education Policy

Alisa Federico Cunningham oversees IHEP's research studies, project evaluations, and institution-based work. In addition, Cunningham conducts specific research and manages several projects related to disadvantaged populations around the world. Since joining IHEP in 1997, Cunningham's work has addressed a broad array of topics, including higher education financing, student financial aid, minority-serving institutions, student persistence and attainment, international higher education policy, and opportunities for student access and success. Before joining IHEP in 1997, Cunningham worked for the American Enterprise Institute and the Bonn International Center for Conversion. She has an M.S. in International Affairs from George Washington University.

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Anne Bowles

Policy and Outreach Associate, Institute for Higher Education Policy

Anne Bowles is a policy and outreach associate at the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP). She manages the day-to-day work of the Pathways to College Network and supports the organization’s communications and outreach activities.  Prior to joining IHEP, Bowles served as a Program Associate with the American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF), where she co-authored a compendium on the benefits of expanded learning opportunities for older youth: Learning Around the Clock, and identified research, programs and policies for AYPF’s Capitol Hill forums, site visits, and policy meetings.  From 2005-08, Bowles taught middle school social studies through Teach for America in New York City.  Bowles earned her BA in sociology from the University of Michigan and MS in education from Pace University.  
Lorelle Espinosa

Lorelle L. Espinosa, Ph.D.

Director of Policy and Strategic Initiatives, Institute for Higher Education Policy

Lorelle L. Espinosa is the director of policy and strategic initiatives at the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP). She establishes and manages collaborative external partnerships and initiatives to meet key organizational objectives for advancing college access and success for all students, with particular attention paid to underrepresented groups. Espinosa holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Education from the University of California, Los Angeles. She received her B.A. from the University of California, Davis and her A.A. from Santa Barbara City College. Prior to her graduate work and arrival at IHEP, Espinosa worked in the areas of student affairs and undergraduate education at the University of California, Davis, Stanford University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Michelle Cooper

Michelle Asha Cooper, Ph.D.

President, Institute for Higher Education Policy

Michelle Cooper oversees an expansive research portfolio and innovative program activities focused on college access and success, accountability, diversity, finance, and global impact.  She also provides leadership for IHEP’s efforts to develop new ideas and approaches, including the Pathways to College Network, to help low-income, minority, and other historically underrepresented populations gain access to and achieve success in postsecondary education.  Previously Cooper served as deputy director for the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Aid at the US Department of Education, and held various leadership positions with the Association of American Colleges and Universities, Council for Independent Colleges, and King’s College. She received an M.P.S. from Cornell University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park.

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