This library originated with the Pathways to College Network (PCN), an alliance of national organizations established in 2000 to improve the college preparation, access, and success of students from populations that have historically been underrepresented in higher education. The Pathways partners emphasized using data and research to inform decisions about effective strategies for making such improvements, so the PCN website became a repository for research studies about all aspects of college access and success. In 2004, Pathways partnered with Encouragement Services, Inc. (ESI) and the Indiana Pathways to College Network to incorporate these materials into an online database of research studies and other resources that researchers, practitioners, and policymakers could easily search to find studies related to their particular concerns. Located first at The Education Resources Institute (TERI) and then the Institute for Higher Education Policy, the Pathways to College Online Library moved to American Institutes for Research (AIR) in early 2013.
The Library contains more than 3,500 entries from a variety of sources, including peer-reviewed journals, professional associations, research centers, policy organizations, universities, the U.S. Department of Education and other federal agencies, state and local agencies, and others. New resources are added on a monthly basis.
AIR works with education leaders at the state, district, and school levels to refine their practices so that students graduate on time and ready to succeed in college and careers. Our team of researchers, evaluators, and former educators provides expertise in best practices and policies that support student achievement. We create opportunities for educators to dig deep and understand the interventions that will work best for their students. Read more information about AIR’s work in the field of college and career readiness, and education as a whole.
AIR is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization that conducts behavioral and social science research and delivers technical assistance both domestically and internationally in the areas of education, health, and workforce productivity. Founded in 1946, AIR is a national leader in teaching and learning improvement, providing research, assessment, evaluation, and technical assistance to ensure that all students—particularly those from groups historically facing disadvantages—have access to a high-quality, effective education.