A partnership between researchers and colleges to improve upward mobility in America.
How can colleges help students from disadvantaged backgrounds climb the income ladder?
The Collegiate Leaders in Increasing MoBility—or CLIMB—Research Initiative is a partnership between leading higher education economists, policymakers, and a diverse set of U.S. colleges and universities. Through CLIMB, we seek to understand not only which colleges act as engines of intergenerational mobility, but why, and how schools and policymakers can promote opportunity and economic growth by helping larger numbers of low-income students reach the middle class.
To achieve these objectives, CLIMB researchers, led by Raj Chetty, David Deming and John Friedman, are linking data provided by our higher education partners to data on earnings and other long-run outcomes. By harnessing the power of big data and predictive analytics, we hope to identify which colleges are engines of mobility and to understand the policies and programs that are most-responsible for the economic success of low-income students.
These efforts will produce research to support policy solutions for increasing upward mobility, helping more students achieve the American Dream. We will share this research broadly, with policymakers at the federal, state, and institutional level. Our research will also support ongoing initiatives by helping colleges achieve their goals of student access and success.
Check out our CLIMB Initiative YouTube Channel to watch full sessions from the 2017 kick-off conference!
Explore some of CLIMB’s early research findings below: