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This report, from Jobs for the Future and the MetLife Foundation, highlights three community colleges and their efforts to improve student outcomes in developmental math. The report cautions that while these programs and practices are promising, scaling them up requires state action – including support for innovations, dissemination of promising models and financial incentives. More »
This report highlights the latest developments occurring in states that have adopted one or more elements of Four Steps to Finishing First – Lumina’s state policy agenda for increasing the number of graduates with existing resources and without sacrificing quality.
Higher education spends time, money and effort to help more Americans complete degrees and credentials. Some of this work may be counterproductive if it supports policies that promote redundancy or delay a student’s progress toward degree completion, says this issue brief from the Center for American Progress. More »
What can faculty members and academic leaders do to improve the quality of learning on their campuses? According to this report from the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment, one strategy is to look at how campuses are assembling and using evidence of student learning to enhance student achievement and institutional performance. More »
After a decades-long stagnation in U.S. college-attainment rates, more states are revisiting performance-based funding as a way to increase the proportion of college graduates. This report examines the history, theory, advantages and disadvantages behind performance-based funding and its impact on boosting student achievement.
Community colleges have the potential to fuel the nation’s economic recovery and prosperity, contends this report from the Brookings Institution. The report offers suggestions to help states align goals of community colleges with workforce demands. More »
More than 90 percent of middle and high school teachers believe that strengthening programs to help diverse learners with the highest needs meet college- and career-ready standards should be a priority in education. Read the MetLife Survey of the American Teacher. More »
Delinquency: The Untold Story of Student Loan Borrowing from the Institute for Higher Education Policy. To more fully capture the repayment difficulties that borrowers experience each month, data must look beyond just default, the report says. More »
Federal loans are a critical source of financial aid for millions of students. Yet, about nine percent of community college students are unable to access these funds because their colleges do not participate in the federal student loan program. African-American and Native-American students are the most likely to lack access, according to Still Denied, from the Project on Student Debt. More »
Educational attainment is one of the strongest predictors of future earnings. However, for 42 percent of the country’s Latino youth, this traditional pathway to economic mobility is fraught with challenges. This report profiles the disconnected youth pilot of the NCLR Escalera Program: Taking Steps to Success which addresses the obstacles faced by young Hispanics. More »