International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)

International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)
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Doctoral Thesis | Public Policy | United States of America | Volume 13 Issue 2, February 2024


Evaluating the Impact of America's College Promise Act of 2018 on Higher Education Access for Nontraditional Black Students: A Policy, Governmental, and Political Insight

Ali - Rashad Richey [2]


Abstract: Despite the opportunity gap between impoverished communities and higher education as a systemic economic barrier, where those born into low - income American communities have fewer skills training, higher education opportunities, mentorship, and other necessary components to thrive from an early point in life, especially following denial of the America?s College Promise Act of 2018, there is a lack of attention and political prioritization toward the America?s College Promise Act of 2018. This study examines the political motivations and policy nuances associated with higher education access by Black nontraditional college students using the context of America?s College Promise Act of 2018, which failed to receive a floor vote in the U. S. Congress. Through grounded theory analysis, the researcher observed the emergence of patterns in the data that illustrate clear disparities in educational access among Black college students, particularly nontraditional Black students. The data also suggest the existence of extra - political influences designed to impede progressive reform legislation in higher education. The researcher also examined economic, social, racial, and equity principles in the literature, underscoring the need for enhanced affordability in the higher education industry, which was a primary focus of the Act. The findings suggest that partisanship has created significant legislative gridlock and tribalism that often stifles higher education reform policies. Additionally, the data revealed a clear contrast between priorities and motivational factors associated with Democrats and Republicans in the U. S. Congress regarding access to funding and other resources in higher education. Even though the study results were indicative of massive differences in the approach and values of these groups, some commonalities that were found may provide pragmatic solutions, where certain tools, such as data - driven modeling, economic messaging, jobs messaging, compromise, and recalibrated branding, have the potential to facilitate meaningful higher education reform.


Keywords: Americas College Promise Act of 2018, Nontraditional Black College Students, Higher Education Access, Equitable Policy Analysis, Political Impacts


Edition: Volume 13 Issue 2, February 2024,


Pages: 1661 - 1720


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