Maureen Hoyler

P-12, Higher Ed

  • Access
  • College readiness
  • Costs
  • Data and statistics
  • Low-income students
  • Minority students
  • Pell Grant
  • Poverty
  • Race and diversity
  • Remediation and intervention

Maureen Hoyler is the president of the Council for Opportunity in Education. Hoyler has dedicated her life to helping low-income and first-generation students attend college, starting more than 30 years ago when she worked in the educational opportunity office at Marquette University as an undergraduate student. Hoyler helped set up the Washington, D.C., office of COE in 1981 and served as COE’s executive vice president before she became president. Her decades of experience give her a wide-ranging perspective on the problems of high student debt, the difficulties many families face in paying for a college education, and the non-financial barriers that keep working-class students from succeeding. Hoyler’s passion is the mission of COE: To strengthen programs that help low-income, first-generation students, veterans and students with disabilities attend college. Among these programs are Upward Bound and Talent Search, which began after the Higher Education Act passed in the mid-1960s. Both programs operate on the local level in hundreds of communities and have helped millions of students in need attend college.