About the Community Partnership for Attainment

February 26, 2015

Information about Lumina's Community Partnership for Attainment and the 75 cities in the 3 cohorts.

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Scaling Completion College Services as a Model for Increasing Adult Degree Completion

February 24, 2015

Several colleges and universities offer “Completion College” services that help students finish their degrees by integrating credits earned at multiple institutions and through assessing their prior learning.

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The Carnegie Unit

A Century‐Old Standard in a Changing Education Landscape

January 29, 2015

A new report from the Carnegie Foundation examines both the history and effectiveness of the time-based Carnegie Unit, also known as the "credit hour." The report says that while the unit is an important “opportunity-to-learn standard,” the Foundation also supports the testing of new standards, assessments, and accountability models to increase transparency and flexibility in education.

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The Landscape of Competency-Based Education

Enrollments, Demographics, and Affordability

January 26, 2015

Competency-based education, in which credit is provided on the basis of student learning rather than credit or clock hours, has the potential to "streamline the path to a college degree for a significant number of students," says a new working paper from the American Enterprise Institute. The paper offers insight on the definitions, scale, and finances of CBE.

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Myths and Misunderstandings

The Undeserved Legacy of Year-Round Pell Grants

January 22, 2015

The year-round Pell Grant needs to be reinstated, albeit with some tweaks to ensure the program doesn’t get cut again, says a new report from New America Foundation. The study, which explores the history of the year-round Pell Grant, regulations responsible for its implementation, and the reasoning for its demise, suggests that the year-round option should be offered only to students studying during the summer.

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Optimizing Reverse Transfer Policies and Processes

Lessons from Twelve CWID States

January 21, 2015

Report describes changes occurring at the state, system, and institution levels with implementation of reverse transfer in 12 states that were awarded CWID grants in 2012.

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Falling Short? College Learning and Career Success

College Learning & Career Success

January 20, 2015

New college graduates consistently rank themselves as “prepared” in areas such as critical thinking and information literacy whereas employers contend otherwise, reports a survey from the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

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Breaking Down Walls

Increasing Access to Four-Year Colleges for High-Achieving Community College Students

January 20, 2015

More community college students could succeed at four-year colleges and universities if given the right tools, support, and opportunity, says this report from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. The report states that while the majority of community college students aspire to complete a bachelor’s degree, as few as 12 percent manage to do so.

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In the Shadows of the Ivory Tower

Undocumented Undergraduates and the Liminal State of Immigration Reform

January 17, 2015

A quarter of a million undocumented college students face unique barriers that impact their ability to access and succeed in college, according to this report from UndocuScholars. Among those challenges: questions about financing a college education, concerns of deportation, and anxiety about acceptance on college campuses. The report includes recommendations on what colleges can do to better serve these students.

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Plus 50 Programs in Practice

How AACC’s Plus 50 Initiative is Helping Community Colleges Transform Programs and Services for Adults Age 50 and Over

January 16, 2015

AACC’s Plus 50 Initiative is designed to support colleges as they create or expand campus programs engaging students age 50 and over, supporting them to complete college credentials and advance their careers. Since 2008, Plus 50 has made grants to 138 colleges, which collectively have enrolled 37,494 plus 50 students in workforce development programs. This brief tells the story of Plus 50, from 2008 through 2014.

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University Innovation Alliance Vision
University Innovation Alliance Vision
September 15, 2014

This short video shares the goals and vision behind the University Innovation Alliance.