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Workforce development

Boosting Postsecondary Education Performance

The business community needs to be at the center of college reform, says this report, from the Committee for Economic Development. The report outlines steps to help business leaders work with state officials to improve college productivity and support employees within their own companies who want to further their education. More »

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Teaching Adolescents to Become Learners: The Role of Noncognitive Factors in Shaping School Performance

Teaching Adolescents To Become Learners summarizes the research on five categories of noncognitive factors that are related to academic performance: academic behaviors, academic perseverance, academic mindsets, learning strategies and social skills, and proposes a framework for thinking about how these More »

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Report | Community Colleges

Reclaiming the American Dream – Community Colleges and the Nation’s Future

Upward mobility, the contract between one generation of Americans and the next, is under siege. Once unchallenged, this nation’s primacy in college graduation rates has already been overtaken by committed competitors from abroad. The nation can take great pride in what America’s community colleges have accomplished, but the message of this Commission is simple and direct: If community colleges are to contribute powerfully to meeting the needs of 21st-century students and the 21st-century economy, education leaders must reimagine what these institutions are—and are capable of becoming. More »

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Research

Is high school tough enough?

Increased access to Advanced Placement instruction, dual enrollment classes, and early college high school programs are the most effective ways to promote a rigorous high school curriculum, according to this report from the Center for Public Education. More »

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Trends

The American Freshman: National Norms Fall 2011

Today’s students are more academically prepared when they enter college and work harder once on campus, according to this report from the Higher Education Research Institute. The report says this year’s freshmen students increased note-taking in class, did more homework and took more demanding courses as high school seniors. More »

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Readiness

Predicting Success in College: The Importance of Placement Tests and High School Transcripts

This study from the Community College Research Center reports that many community college students are unnecessarily placed into remedial classes because of their scores on standardized tests – and that high school grade-point averages should serve as another gauge of college readiness. This publication focuses on a statewide community college system. More »

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Readiness

Do High-Stakes Placement Exams Predict College Success?

This study from the Community College Research Center report that many community college students are unnecessarily placed into remedial classes because of their scores on standardized tests – and that high school grade-point averages should serve as another gauge of college readiness. This publication focuses on a large urban community college system. More »

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