Rethinking Credentialing

Quick Hits

July 28, 2015

A new, less confusing postsecondary education credentialing system could provide tangible benefits for students, workers, and employers, contends this working paper from the Center for Education Attainment and Innovation.

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Delivering Early Information About College Financial Aid

Exploring the Options for Middle School Students

July 15, 2015

A report from Urban Institute urges policymakers to find better ways of getting the word out about financial aid, to make contact with families while their children are young, and to personalize the information being provided.

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Indiana College Completion Report 2015

July 15, 2015

The number of Hoosiers earning bachelor’s degrees in four years or less has increased by nearly seven percent in the past five years, according to a new report from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. The report also shows small gains in on-time completion for students earning associate degrees, as well as improvement in every demographic group.

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The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2014

African American Students

July 10, 2015

African American students are less likely to meet key benchmarks for college readiness than any other group of underserved students, even when they successfully complete the high school coursework intended to prepare them for college, says a new report by ACT and UNCF.

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Transfer & Mobility

A National View of Student Movement in Postsecondary Institutions, Fall 2008 Cohort

July 6, 2015

Of the 3.6 million students who entered college for the first time in fall 2008, more than one third (37.2 percent) transferred to a different institution at least once within six years, according to a report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Counting multiple moves, the students made 2.4 million transitions from one institution to another from 2008 to 2014, the report says.

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Improving the Accuracy of Remedial Placement

Research Overview

July 6, 2015

Two briefs from the Community College Research Center offer insight into remedial placement at community colleges. The first brief examines alternative methods of remedial screening, while the second brief presents a framework for understanding and improving assignment to developmental education.

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Strengthening College Readiness, Access, and Success

Community College Roles

July 2, 2015

Community colleges play a critical role in increasing the number of rural Americans who earn a postsecondary credential. This is especially true for Idaho—a state with low-wage industries, ambitious college attainment goals, but low postsecondary participation rates—says this brief by author Kay McClenney. The study examines innovative ways that community colleges can strengthen postsecondary readiness and participation.

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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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