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Still Searching: Job Vacancies and STEM Skills

Workers with skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics play a key role in driving innovation and economic growth. This report from Brookings Institution finds that skills common to STEM occupations are in short supply relative to demand. Meanwhile, job seekers possessing neither STEM knowledge nor higher education face stiff competition for a scarce number of jobs, the report says. More »

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What Is the Real Cost of College in California?

The increasing time it takes to graduate from college in California is adding significant costs on students, families, and taxpayers, says a report from the Campaign for College Opportunity. Both reports call for reducing the number of years it takes for students to earn a degree to decrease costs and increase capacity at California’s public college and universities. More »

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Performance Funding at MSIs

More states are funding higher education institutions based on their performance or outcomes instead of relying solely on student enrollment to determine funding formulas. This report from the Southern Education Foundation discusses the implications of performance funding models for campuses with unique missions and/or student populations like Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs). More »

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Roadmap for a Successful Transition to the Common Core in States and Districts

States and districts across the country are using a number of promising practices to implement the Common Core, but more work remains to ensure a smooth transition to the new standards, says this report from the Center for American Progress. The report provides recommendations to help states and districts focus their efforts on the steps needed to effectively translate standards into high-quality instruction. More »

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Important Insights on College Choice and the Burden of Student-Loan Debt

Student borrowers are working hard to better their economic circumstances through higher education, but the choices they make about where to attend college and how much to borrow can have lasting effects, says this brief from the Center for American Progress. The study offers perspectives of borrowers, as well as several policy recommendations that it says can help minimize student-loan borrowing and make repayment more affordable. More »

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Is a Student Loan Crisis on the Horizon?

College tuition and student debt levels have been increasing for some time now, raising questions about whether the market for student debt is headed for a crisis. The authors of this report from the Brown Center on Education Policy at Brookings analyze more than two decades of data on the financial well-being of American households and conclude that, in reality, the impact of student loans may not be as dire as initially feared. More »

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Tough Love: Bottom-Line Quality Standards for Colleges

This report from the Education Trust lays out a comprehensive plan for the federal government to leverage existing resources—in the form of student aid and tax benefits—to better protect students and taxpayer dollars from going to chronically underperforming schools. The plan also encourages elite colleges to open their gates to many more talented working class and low-income students. More »

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