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Record numbers of high school students are taking Advance Placement exams, but participation and pass rates continue to be lower for minority students. The College Board’s AP Report to the Nation shows that 14 percent of Hispanic and Latino students in the 2010 graduating class received a passing AP grade. The percentage was less that 4 percent for African Americans at . More »
A new report from the Office of Community College Research and Leadership examines the state of Individual Career Plans (ICPs) – programs designed to help high school, college and adult learners figure out how to complete their academic and career goals. The report suggests ICPs are most beneficial when implementation is intentionally connected to an active guidance and counseling process, one that teaches students how to use ICPs as a way to guide their actions and actualize education and career aspirations.
Pathways to Prosperity: Meeting the Challenge of Preparing Young Americans for the 21st Century contends that our national strategy for education and youth development has been too narrowly focused on an academic, classroom-based approach. More »
Disrupting College, from the Center for American Progress, analyzes the changes in higher education through the lens of disruptive innovation, suggesting that new technologies like online learning create another viable and affordable option for a broader range of the population to attain a postsecondary degree or credential. More »
Many Americans find themselves living lives of constant economic struggle and worry whether they’ll keep a middle-class life in the long term, according to a recent report. And, when it comes to what might be “very effective” in helping more people become economically secure, the public is betting on higher education and job training. Slip-Sliding Away, from Public Agenda found that 63 percent of Americans believes a key policy solution to spur economic vitality is to make higher education more affordable. More »
A goal to align the expectations for high school graduates with college and the workplace demands is the new norm across the United States, says the sixth annual Closing the Expectations Gap report, from Achieve, Inc. The report says now More »
This policy brief from the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education describes promising practices and lessons learned in Alaska, Nevada, North Dakota, and Washington as part of their participation in the federal College Access Challenge Grant Program (CACG). CACG was More »
Postsecondary and Labor Force Transitions Among Public High School Career and Technical Education Participants
A study from the National Center for Education Statistics examines the outcomes of people who graduated from public high schools’ career- and technical-education programs in 2004 and 2006. Among the study’s findings: 70 percent of CTE concentrators (three or more credits) from the class of 2004 enrolled in college within two years of graduating high school. More »
Online learning is flexible and convenient, but does it actually improve college access and success rates, especially for low-income and underprepared students? This working paper from the Community College Research Center explores why many students struggle in online coursework and how public policy and institutional practice can be leveraged to better meet students’ needs. More »
Community college students are more likely to persist and succeed in programs that have been tightly and purposefully structured according to The Shapeless River: Does a Lack of Structure Inhibit Students’ Progress at Community Colleges? from the Community College Research Center. More »