Focus Magazine Summer 2017: Real-life learning

Competency-based programs are helping redefine the postsecondary landscape

September 1, 2017

Summer 2017 issue of Focus shines a light on postsecondary institutions that are going all-in on designing programs that are fully competency-based from the ground up. The stories in this issue shows how powerful such an approach can be, especially for students from varied backgrounds and with a wide array of learning needs.

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Lumina Fact Sheet

June 28, 2017

Lumina Foundation is an independent, private foundation committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all. We envision a system that is easy to navigate, delivers fair results, and meets the nation’s need for talent through a broad range of credentials. Our goal is to prepare people for informed citizenship and success in a global economy.

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Charting New Paths to the Future

in the California Community Colleges

June 14, 2017

Report reveals how the California Community Colleges is transforming to prepare students for the future of work.

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Driving Postsecondary Success with Impact Investing

Executive Briefing Investment opportunities in the postsecondary access and success ecosystem

May 30, 2017

A "landscape scan" conducted by Avivar Capital found that continued innovation is needed to address persistent and emerging barriers to postsecondary access and attainment. Further, it found that there are capital gaps in advancing the postsecondary education revolution where foundations can play a catalytic role and where impact investing can help to advance promising solutions.

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Need-Based State Financial Aid

Policy Snapshot

May 23, 2017

This Policy Snapshot explores need-based financial aid programs across the country and highlights state program examples, grant and scholarship expenditure amounts, and recent legislative activity.

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Deeper in Debt

Women and Student Loans

May 23, 2017

Women carry roughly two-thirds of the nation’s $1.3 trillion student debt load, says a report from the American Association of University Women. According to the study, women are burdened with $833 billion in debt, compared to men with $477 billion in debt.

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Designing Higher Education Risk-Sharing Proposals

Evaluating Choices and Tradeoffs

May 22, 2017

Risk sharing ensures that institutions—not just students and taxpayers—share the burden when students default on loans. The Center for American Progress offers a series of white papers on the topic of higher education risk-sharing.

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Examining the Federal-State Partnership in Higher Education

May 16, 2017

This brief from the Urban Institute suggests strategies for meeting national goals for postsecondary education while preserving and enhancing states’ roles.

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Is It Really Cheaper to Start at a Community College?

The Consequences of Inefficient Transfer for Community College Students Seeking Bachelor’s Degrees

May 15, 2017

A working paper from the Community College Research Center explores whether it is more efficient for students to start at a two-year or four-year college if their intent is to complete a bachelor’s degree.

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Varying Degrees

In Depth

May 11, 2017

Americans believe in the tremendous potential of higher education—but they also feel that higher education is falling short of that promise, suggests a survey from New America. The inaugural survey shows both unifying themes and differences across age, gender, generation, region, and socioeconomic status when it comes to the value of a college education, who is responsible for student success, the ideal role of government, and the goal of higher education.

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