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The Center for Higher Education Retention Excellence (CHERE) seeks to understand and improve policies and practices that lead to increased college retention, high school graduation, to college entrance, first-year success, graduation and employment, for challenged and underrepresented students.

Created in 2013, CHERE is a program of the Hartford Consortium for Higher Education (HCHE). CHERE seeks to expand HCHE's programming to include a focus on success in higher education.


  • To provide professionals from higher education, secondary education, community organizations, and others, a neutral forum for discussing important subjects in higher education via small, affordable interactive conferences.
  • To conduct applied research – ideally through college-age and/or graduate interns – on key subjects, and to publish the results.
  • To advocate, both directly and via social media, issues and ideas regarding higher education to elected officials, state and federal government officials, post-secondary and secondary professionals, community-based professionals, and students.

Learn more about CHERE