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Beyond Financial Aid

How colleges can strengthen the financial stability of low-income students and improve student outcomes

June 22, 2015

Beyond Financial Aid is a toolkit designed to help two- and four-year institutions close attainment gaps for low-income students.  BFA expands the concept of “financial supports” for college beyond grants, scholarships and loans and describes six college-tested strategies for helping low-income students overcome the significant challenges created by limited resources.  BFA features a self-assessment that college teams can use to analyze their service capacities and an interpretation guide to help map out their first steps toward strengthening these capacities.

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Beyond Access

How Texas and California Are Accommodating Increased Hispanic College Enrollment

June 22, 2015

Adapting campuses, classes, and processes to better serve Hispanic students will be a crucial step toward meeting national degree attainment goals, proposes a new report from New America Foundation. The study examines two states—California and Texas—and their efforts and challenges in serving Hispanic students and other traditionally underserved individuals.

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Building Block of Student-Based Aid

Looking Back to Move Forward viewing guide part 3

June 17, 2015

Chronicles the history of the program from its bipartisan legislative origins through its various selected subsequent iterations. This 14-minute film documents several key changes to the Pell Grant program including efforts to broaden and limit student eligibility, ebbs and flows in funding, increases in the maximum award levels, and the creation of supplemental programs for Pell recipients.

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Where Financial Aid Began

Partnering with Campuses and States

June 16, 2015

Where Financial Aid Began: Partnering with Campuses and States documents a history of these partnerships and the policies that shaped them—from the introduction of the original campus-based programs and state partnerships through their growth or decline over the years.

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Connecting Credentials: A Beta Credentials Framework

Building a system for communicating about and connecting diverse credentials

June 11, 2015

Connecting Credentials is designed to frame the meaning of various credentials in terms of the knowledge and skills that recipients of each credential should have.

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Making the Case

Making the Case for Reforming the U.S. Credentialing System

June 11, 2015

Making the Case for Reforming the U.S. Credentialing System

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Deciding to Go to College

2015 College Decisions Survey: Part 1

May 26, 2015

This report from New America Foundation focuses on why students decide to pursue college in the first place and the factors they consider when deciding to apply to a specific institution. The report also looks at how financial concerns are one of the major drivers in deciding whether and where to go to college.

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State Approaches to Funding Dual Enrollment

May 22, 2015

States that remove the tuition burden from dually enrolled students are seeing larger proportions of minority and low-income students participate in dual-enrollment programs, according to this policy analysis from Education Commission of the States.

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The State of Higher Ed in California

Part 2 - Blacks

May 22, 2015

A report from the Campaign for College Opportunity calls for a concerted, strategic effort to produce better educational outcomes for Black students, including a new statewide plan for California higher education, a redesign of pre-college level courses, re-enrollment of adults with some college but no degree, and allowing public universities to use race/ethnicity as one of many considerations in their admissions process.

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Rethinking the Regulatory Environment of Competency-Based Ed

AEI Series on Competency-Based Higher Education

May 14, 2015

A paper from the American Enterprise Institute examines current and proposed regulatory frameworks for managing competency-based programming at the state, accreditor, and federal levels. The paper highlights key concerns with and among these systems, as well as recommends strategies for improving oversight of competency-based education.

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