Schuler’s next big bet is the Schuler Access Initiative, his plan for increasing enrollment for undocumented and low-income students at the country’s top liberal arts colleges. Partnering with up to 20 liberal arts schools, including Carleton, he aims to raise another $500 million in matching funds for a total of $1 billion. That money will go to colleges that will commit to increasing their enrollment of undocumented and financially needy students by two to six percent over ten years. Given the very low number of undocumented students at many universities, Schuler says the program stands to more than double their ranks if it’s successful.
“Their parents were unwilling to accept the status quo back home,” he says of the students. “This next generation is going to be extremely successful, particularly if we let them eventually become citizens, because they’re much more motivated.”