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Policy

Crossing the Finish Line: Overcoming Barriers to Community College Degree and Credential Attainment in Kentucky

A report from the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy calls for additional state investments in student support strategies and developmental education to help disadvantaged adults and others obtain the degrees and credentials that Kentucky needs for its future economic success. The report highlights community colleges and their role in Kentucky’s degree-attainment goals. More »

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Developmental ed

Improving Developmental Education Assessment and Placement

Community colleges need a more comprehensive approach to effectively evaluate and place new students in developmental or college-level courses, says this report from the Community College Research Center. The study examines assessment and placement practices at community colleges in Georgia, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin. More »

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Readiness

Predicting Success in College: The Importance of Placement Tests and High School Transcripts

This study from the Community College Research Center reports that many community college students are unnecessarily placed into remedial classes because of their scores on standardized tests – and that high school grade-point averages should serve as another gauge of college readiness. This publication focuses on a statewide community college system. More »

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Readiness

Do High-Stakes Placement Exams Predict College Success?

This study from the Community College Research Center report that many community college students are unnecessarily placed into remedial classes because of their scores on standardized tests – and that high school grade-point averages should serve as another gauge of college readiness. This publication focuses on a large urban community college system. More »

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Beating the Odds: What it Means and Why it’s Important

This publication, from HCM Strategists, offers insight from leaders of 32 postsecondary institutions about what colleges must do to help students—particularly low-income, minority and adult students—stay in college and earn a degree. Each of the colleges and universities profiled is considered a national model for their approaches to boost college-completion rates. More »

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Report | Developmental Ed

Unlocking the Gate: What We Know about Improving Developmental Education

Research shows that students who take remedial education courses are less likely to earn a college degree or credential. This report, from MDRC, presents examples of four different types of interventions for improving students’ progress through remedial education and into college-level courses. More »

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Policy

10 Questions State Legislators Should Ask about Higher Education

With shrinking state budgets, lawmakers need to know what questions to ask and where to go for reliable information to make informed higher education policy decisions affecting college productivity and degree attainment. Tlhis report, from the American Legislative Exchange Council, provides a list of questions lawmakers should be asking of higher education institutions, along with online resources to get answers. More »

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