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An Education Agenda for the States

Fostering Opportunity From Pre-K Through College

May 1, 2015

When it comes to higher education and workforce development, governors and state policymakers are actively searching for reforms that will increase their stock of human capital without breaking the bank. What policies should they pursue and what pitfalls should they avoid? This issue brief from the American Enterprise Institute attempts to answer those questions with a list of dos and don’ts to encourage higher education reform.

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Finding Time

Millennial Parents, Poverty, And Rising Costs

April 29, 2015

About one in four college students is a parent, and 40 percent of these students work full-time jobs, says a report from Young Invincibles. Providing resources such as affordable on-campus childcare and flexible and secure work scheduling could make a significant difference in helping these individuals attain a postsecondary degree or credential, the report suggests.

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How America Saves for College 2015

Sallie Mae’s National Study of Parents with Children Under Age 18

April 28, 2015

Nine in 10 American parents believe a college education is an important investment in their child’s future, yet fewer than half (48 percent) are saving for college, according to this report from Sallie Mae. Those who do have a college fund are saving less than they did in past years, says the report.

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The State of Higher Education in California

April 27, 2015

More of California’s Latinos are earning high school diplomas and entering college, but they remain underrepresented in every segment of higher education and have significantly lower levels of college degree attainment than other racial/ethnic groups, according to a report from the Campaign for College Opportunity. The study proposes that statewide public policies and college and university practices are major barriers to more Latino students completing college.

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Beyond College Rankings

A Value-Added Approach to Assessing Two- and Four-Year Schools

April 24, 2015

A new report from the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program explores the “value-added” of two- and four-year colleges in the United States. Unlike many previous measures of college performance, the report’s “value-added” approach accounts for the difference in the expected economic success of alumni and the actual outcomes of graduates.

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Education Pays in Colorado

Earnings 1, 5, and 10 Years After College

April 24, 2015

Associate’s degrees and certificates can be a viable path to the middle-class and good jobs, concludes this report from the American Institutes for Research. The study examines 10 years of data on graduates of all public and many private institutions in Colorado who work in the state.

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The Role of Business in Promoting Educational Attainment

A National Imperative

April 22, 2015

Highlights how companies in Detroit, Memphis, New York City, and Miami are helping employees advance their education. Features practices to increasing workers' education, such as partnerships between companies and colleges, collaborations with local governments and economic development organizations, and internal company initiatives.

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From College to Jobs

Making Sense of Labor Market Returns to Higher Education

April 21, 2015

At a time when tuition costs and student debt are on the rise, a new report by the Aspen Institute highlights the critical need for the evaluation of student employment, earnings outcomes, and likely debt to play bigger role in college decisions and investments.

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Redesigning State Financial Aid

Principles to guide state aid policymaking

April 20, 2015

This report from the Education Commission of the States calls on states to make financial aid systems more goal-driven and data-informed, timely and flexible, and inclusive of all students—adult and traditional, part-time and full-time, online, and in the classroom. The study includes examples of states that currently are using some of the principles discussed in the report.

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High Costs, Uncertain Benefits

What Do Americans Without a College Degree Think About Postsecondary Education?

April 17, 2015

The path to economic mobility increasingly runs through postsecondary education. However, many adults without a college degree aspire to some higher credential but overestimate the cost of higher education and are deterred from pursuing their education aspirations further, says a recent report from the American Enterprise Institute.

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