PrepareRI for Colleges

PrepareRI is committed to developing and strengthening pathways that will provide today’s youth access to quality postsecondary credentials and practical work experience that they will need to be successful in tomorrow’s economy.

The Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner of Rhode Island (OPC) is a member of the PrepareRI team. OPC works closely with Rhode Island’s three public institutions of higher education: the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI), Rhode Island College (RIC), and the University of Rhode Island (URI) to ensure that all students have options to pursue a postsecondary degree or credential, ultimately ensuring their pathway to a good job.


Our work

Improve preparation and matriculation between high schools and public colleges

Students who attend high school in Rhode Island should be prepared and able to attend one of the state’s three institutions of higher education. OPC is working to align high school graduation requirements with postsecondary admission requirements so that any student who wishes to pursue a postsecondary education in Rhode Island can do so with their existing coursework.

Increase the number of students in Rhode Island who complete the FAFSA

OPC is deeply committed to ensuring that every student who wants to pursue a postsecondary degree or credential can, so we are partnering with the Rhode Island Department of Education and Rhode Island Student Loan Authority to launch a FAFSA Dash Completion Challenge in 2018/2019. To learn more visit OPC’s FAFSA initiative page.

Extend Career Education Pathways

We connect institutions of higher education, employers, and students to produce career opportunities for the future, which is why we are working to align career and technical education (CTE) pathways from high school through postsecondary programs. To learn more, see our pathway expansion presentation from a previous PrepareRI Summit.

Bringing college credit to high school students and nontraditional students

RI high school students have access to dual and concurrent enrollment opportunities, the Advanced Course Network, advanced placement courses, and nontraditional students can access the College Level Examination Program to earn college credit prior to enrolling at one of our institutions. Earning college credit prior to enrolling is a great way to start earning a postsecondary credential that will advance your career.

To that end, OPC is working to improve early completion of “gateway courses” by guiding high school students to take dual/concurrent credits in courses that count toward their desired majors. Gateway course guides can help high school students make informed decisions about which courses they should take for the career of their choice. To learn more about gateway course guides, see our gateway course guide presentation from the fall PrepareRI Summit. Here is a sample gateway course guide from RIC.