Credentials for All

An Imperative for SREB States

June 29, 2015

A new report from the Southern Education Regional Board challenges states to help all students graduate academically ready for both college and careers. A major section of the report describes elements of career pathways that create smooth transitions from high school to postsecondary education.

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The Effects of the Kalamazoo Promise Scholarship on College Enrollment, Persistence, and Completion

Upjohn Institute Working Paper 15-229

June 25, 2015

A new analysis of The Kalamazoo Promise—a universal college scholarship program funded by anonymous donors for graduates of Kalamazoo Public Schools—says the effort “significantly" increases college graduation rates and offers a substantial return on the dollars spent.

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The Application Process

2015 College Decisions Survey: Part II

June 23, 2015

A new policy brief from New America examines how students go about researching and applying to colleges. The report looks at the number and type of schools and programs applied to and the search behaviors of prospective students.

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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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The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2014

First-Generation Students

June 22, 2015

First-generation college students have high educational ambitions, but their preparation to reach those aspirations often falls short, says a new report from ACT and the Council for Opportunity in Education.

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Trends in High School Dropout and Completion Rates in the United States

1972-2012 Compendium Report

June 19, 2015

In October 2012, approximately 2.6 million 16- through 24-year-olds were not enrolled in high school and had not earned a high school diploma or alternative credential, according to a new report from the National Center for Education Statistics on high school dropout and completion rate trends.

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Student Loans and Graduation From American Universities

June 18, 2015

In this paper from Third Way, author and professor Rachel E. Dwyer examines whether and to what extent student loans impact graduation from college.

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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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