Aid and Innovation

Financial aid is an effective and necessary policy lever to promote college-completion pathways, says this report from Jobs for the Future. The report examines how state policy leaders and financial aid experts are overcoming financial aid rules and regulations with innovative solutions that help more students, especially low-income student, progress toward a postsecondary credential. More »


Left Out. Forgotten? Recent High School Graduates and the Great Recession

The cost of a higher education remains an obstacle for many young high school graduates. Despite a widespread recognition that they will need further education, only 38 percent say they definitely plan to attend college in the next few years, according to this report by the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development. More »


The Economic Case for Higher Education

Higher education is both a pathway to individual economic advancement and a key factor for improving intergenerational mobility, according to this report from the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Department of Education. The report shows that without a degree, children born to parents in the lowest income bracket have a 45-percent chance of staying there as adults. With a degree, they have less than a 20-percent chance of remaining there. More »

Community colleges

Closing the Door, Increasing the Gap

The “open-door” policy of community colleges has become closed to more of the nation’s neediest students due to insufficient funding, says this report, from the Campaign for the Future of Higher Education. The report notes that more community colleges are “rebooting” their curriculums, putting emphasis on narrow job training and less on the education necessary to achieve a bachelor’s degree. More »

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College Institutions & Restructuring

Lumina President Jamie Merisotis discusses how a redesign of higher education is necessary in order to make it more affordable and accessible in this video from Nightly Business Report.  

Degree completion

Employer Views on the Value of PLA

The idea that college-level skills and knowledge can be acquired on the job or through life experience is resonating with more employers, according to this research brief from the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning. Study findings highlight conversations with 19 U.S. employers on prior learning assessments and how incorporating PLA into employer tuition-assistance programs may save time and money for workers who pursue additional education, training, and credentials. More »


Much Accomplished, Much at Stake

Maryland has an excellent track in terms of U.S. college attainment, ranking fourth in the percentage of adults with at least an associate degree. But its success is marked by sharp education disparities among poor, Black and Hispanic residents, says this report from the University of Pennsylvania’s Institute for Research on Higher Education. More »

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