Mission and Vision

Mission Statement

Confident that education paves the way to social equity and economic competitiveness, NCCEP advances college access through advocacy, training and research.


  • We envision a world where all students have access to postsecondary education opening up worlds of opportunity.
  • We envision community partnerships where business, private and public sectors collaborate to advance our nation’s investment in education.
  • We envision a network where the best solutions to college access are known, shared and replicated.
  • We envision a nation where educational investments drive individual, corporate and national competitiveness.

Guiding Principles

The following principles guide NCCEP’s efforts to expand the education opportunities of those students most often left behind.

  • High-quality academic preparation is a must.
  • All students who seek to earn a college degree should graduate from high school having the ability to succeed academically at the college or university of their choice.
  • Reform is needed to improve education systems and academic outcomes for all of America’s youths.
  • Build on success: Identify locally effective practices, programs, strategies, and models that can be adapted to local contexts.
  • Partnerships improve the lives of students and empower local communities. Collaborate, cooperate, and coordinate with others doing similar work.
  • Education must relate to workforce needs. It should do so in ways that honor individuals and their cultural backgrounds.
  • The strength of democracy rests on the education of its citizens. Partnerships can serve as models for a more diverse and democratic society.


GEAR UP Program Locator

Are GEAR UP services available in your state or region? You can find out by clicking on this interactive map. Here you will find where GEAR UP programs currently serve students, the size of their grants, how many students they serve and a link to their website for more information.