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Illuminations: Meeting the Access Challenge

Low-income students face two main obstacles to college access: insufficient financial aid and inadequate academic preparation. This publication examines a program that has been shown to improve postsecondary opportunity for low-income students.

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Leaks in the Postsecondary Pipeline: A Survey of Americans

This survey shows that most Americans recognize that a college degree is critical for economic success, yet they also believe that our education system is failing to prepare young people for higher education. The survey was released at Double the More »

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Academic Preparation and Postsecondary Success of First-Generation Students

This report examines the high school preparation and postsecondary persistence of first-generation students — those students whose parents had no education beyond high school — and compares them with students whose parents went to college. The analyses address the following More »

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New Agenda Series: Debts and Decisions

This report examines the relationship between the amount of loans students take out during their undergraduate years and the decisions they make regarding careers and enrollment in graduate school. It uses data from the Baccalaureate and Beyond survey of approximately More »

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Research Report: Learning Between Systems

This report explores features of higher education financing as potential strategies for financing a system of high-quality early care and education. The project described in this report, Learning Between Systems: Adapting Higher Education Financing Methods to Early Care and Education, More »

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New Agenda Series: Learning in the Fast Lane

This report compares the success rates of adult students in traditional and accelerated college programs. Three research questions guided this study: Are there characteristics or attributes — such as demographics, prior experience or motivation — that distinguish the adults who More »

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Synopsis: Designing a State Student Grant Program

The recent economic downturn has combined with several notable events in higher education to focus attention on states’ student financial aid programs and policies. Policymakers in many states are working to improve existing grant programs, and some are considering completely More »

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