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Research and Evaluation
Leaving Money on the Table

The Persistence of Brain Waste among College-Educated Immigrants

June 8, 2021
With rising job vacancies and a workforce and society that are aging, the United States already has a reservoir of human capital that is not fully tapped: The millions of U.S.-born and immigrant college graduates who are in jobs requiring no more than a high school credential or who are unemployed. This human capital, if…
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Human Work and Learning
Mission Not Accomplished

Unequal Opportunities and Outcomes for Black and Latinx Engineers

June 8, 2021
Engineering occupations are some of the highest-paying and most prestigious in the US labor market, but they are also some of the least diverse. Mission Not Accomplished: Unequal Opportunities and Outcomes for Black and Latinx Engineers finds that of the nearly 1.7 million prime-age engineering workers in the United States in 2019, 81% were either…
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Racial Justice and Equity
Raising Undergraduate Degree Attainment Among Black Women and Men Takes on New Urgency Amid the Pandemic

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May 13, 2021
This year has been like no other in the history of the United States. More than 550,000 people (and counting) have died of COVID-19 in the U.S. That is more than the number of Americans killed in World Wars I and II combined. But the pandemic’s devastation has not been distributed equally. Communities of color…
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Research and Evaluation
From Outreach to Enrollment

Strategies to Engage Adults in Education Beyond High School

May 12, 2021
Almost all states across the country have estab­lished ambitious college completion goals for their population. Most states’ goals emphasize achieving specific target rates and types of post-high school credentials required to address their workforce needs and improve people’s ability to thrive in a changing economy. Adult learners, that is, students ages 25 to 64, play…
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Credentials
The Short-term Credentials Landscape

What We See and What Remains Unseen

May 5, 2021
Given the rapid growth in short-term programs, and policymakers’ fast-growing interest to invest federal higher education dollars into very-short-term credentials, we explore what the research does—and does not— show us about such credentials’ utility in the labor market. With concerns about equity, our review of the literature guides us towards caution, as a strong push…
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Student Supports
Focus Magazine, Spring 2021: Amped-up advising

On-campus counselors go beyond the extra mile to boost student success

April 13, 2021
Spring 2021 issue of Focus magazine shows how college advising is moving to the next level, in three student stories.
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State Policy
Creating Equitable Futures for All Learners Through Credential Transparency

CTDL and the Credential Registry: Mechanisms For Equity

April 12, 2021
Seven state leadership organizations and five workforce, education and data advocacy/technical assistance experts have come together to build awareness, understanding, and demand for how policy can integrate credential transparency into education and workforce development state strategies. A new brief from Credential Engine explores the ways that credential transparency can be supported, integrated, and leveraged within…
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Research and Evaluation
How COVID-19 Affected the Quality of Work

2020 Great Jobs Survey

April 7, 2021
Discover new insights on worsening job quality during the COVID-19 pandemic in the 2020 Great Jobs Report, a research partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Omidyar Network and Lumina Foundation.
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Human Work and Learning
15 Million Infrastructure Jobs

An Economic Shot in the Arm to the COVID-19 Recession

April 5, 2021
A $1.5 trillion infrastructure program from the Biden-Harris administration would be good medicine to nurse the economic wounds inflicted by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to this report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. The report states that the infrastructure stimulus could create or save 15 million jobs—most for workers with no…
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Student Supports
#RealCollege 2021

Basic Needs Insecurity During the Ongoing Pandemic

March 31, 2021
Entering the fall 2020 term, higher education was reeling from the coronavirus pandemic. Enrollment was down—particularly among students most at risk of basic needs insecurity; fewer students had completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid; and college retention rates had dropped. Students and faculty were stressed and anxious. And by the end of the…
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