Cornerstones of Completion: State Policy Support for Accelerated, Structured Pathways to College Credentials and Transfer

This policy brief from Jobs for the Future offers 10 state policy recommendations designed to help colleges support accelerated, structured pathways to college credentials and transfer. Among the recommendations: Leverage technology to support individualized student planning, tracking, degree audits and early warning systems and design financial aid to encourage and reward student progress. More »


Where to Begin? The Evolving Role of Placement Exams for Students Starting College

This report, from Jobs for the Future, examines the use of placement exams as a way to determine whether incoming students are college ready. The report suggests that students who are placed in remedial courses as a result of the exam may ultimately be deterred from completing a degree or credential. More »


Dropout Recovery is National Recovery

Policy barriers can hinder efforts to prepare off-track and out-of-school youth for college and career success, contends this report from Jobs for the Future. The policy brief explains how state and federal policy changes can enhance the work of youth-serving networks, community colleges, and others to get disengaged youth back on a college track. More »

Workforce Development

Aligning Community Colleges to their Local Labor Markets

This report, from Jobs for the Future, offers analysis on creating credentials that have high value for both workers and employers. More »

Workforce Development

Credentials that Work

This report, from Jobs for the Future, provides community colleges with up-to-date information about in-demand occupations and skill needs of local employers. Using new technology to aggregate and analyze online job ads, the effort will produce data to help community colleges better align their program offerings and training with workforce outcomes. More »


Building Integrated Pathways to Sustainable Careers

This report examines a Jobs for the Future initiative that is working with 11 states to improve educational and economic opportunities for adult basic education learners. The report highlights policy and program barriers to student success, as well as strategies to help more adults achieve postsecondary credentials. More »


From GED to College Degree: Creating Pathways to Postsecondary Success for High School Dropouts

Less than 5 percent of GED holders actually earn a postsecondary degree. In response, several innovative GED programs have developed clear, effective pathways to better prepare youth for college and help them persist once there. This white paper from Jobs for the Future shares lessons learned from best-in-class GED-to-college programs. More »

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