The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) has issued a new report, Expanding Access and Opportunity: How Small and Mid-Sized Independent Colleges Serve First-Generation and Low-Income Students, which demonstrates that students from first-generation and low-income backgrounds routinely experience better outcomes if they attend a smaller private college. Contrary to the prevalent stereotype that smaller private colleges are elite institutions accessible only to high-achieving students of means, the report finds that independent institutions enroll students from a wide range of family educational and economic backgrounds. It also indicates that these students are more likely to graduate in four years, a result of smaller college’s tendencies to focus on personalized academic experiences, rigorous educational programs, and high levels of extracurricular engagement. The report was prepared as a component of CIC’s public information campaign, Securing America’s Future: The Power of Liberal Arts Education. The initiative supports the effectiveness and contributions of private liberal arts colleges and universities and the importance of the liberal arts as fields of study. The principal author of the report is P. Jesse Rine, CIC’s director of research projects. Learn more and view the full report at www.cic.edu.