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Advancing to Completion: Increasing degree attainment by improving graduation rates and closing gaps for African-American students

This study updates previous Education Trust briefs that looked at public, four-year colleges that successfully improved minority graduation rates and narrowed graduation-rate gaps. This new report examines which four-year, nonprofit colleges — public and private — have made the most improvements for African-American students. More »


Transfer: An Indispensable Part of the Community College Mission

More states are making it easier for community college students to transfer to four-year institutions via improved articulation and transfer agreements, according to this policy brief from the American Association of Community Colleges. This report identifies several practices that four-year colleges and universities can employ to improve the success of community college transfer students. More »

Degree attainment

The Certificate – Florida’s Postsecondary Workhorse

This report from the Florida College Access Network highlights the importance of high-quality postsecondary certificates and makes the case on why they should be included as part of Florida’s goals for increasing degree attainment. More »


The Labor Market Returns to a For-Profit College Education

Students who complete associate degrees at for-profit colleges realize significant earnings returns and, in some cases, outperform students with two-year degrees from community colleges, according to this working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research. The research also suggests that for-profit students who fail to complete two-year degree programs fare considerably worse in the labor market than their public-sector counterparts. More »


Cracking the Credit Hour

This report, from the New America Foundation and the Education Sector, contends the credit hour is an insufficient measure of student learning and offers several policy solutions to move from a time-based higher education system to one based on actual student learning. More »


The Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree: Reform Measure or Red Herring?

This policy brief from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities analyzes the three-year bachelor’s degree and its potential to improve postsecondary efficiency and increase college access for more students. More »


Work-Life Earnings by Field of Degree and Occupation for People With a Bachelor’s Degree: 2011

Individuals make a variety of choices over the course of their careers that impact their earning potential. These choices include how far to go in school, what to study in school, and what job to take. This brief explores the relationship between how far one goes in school (educational attainment) and how much money one might make over the course of a career (work-life earnings). It goes into further detail for people whose highest degree is a bachelor’s by investigating how college major (field of degree) and occupation impact these work-life earnings. More »

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