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Student Supports
Scaling ASAP

How Expanding a Successful Program Supported Broader Institutional Change at Bronx Community College

Dec. 3, 2021
Community colleges across the country are engaging in large-scale, systemic change efforts that address multiple barriers to student success. This brief from the Community College Research Center describes one effort undertaken by Bronx Community College in which college leaders built on an existing initiative to scale the Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) to catalyze a whole-college redesign.
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Student Supports
Designing Dual Enrollment to Reach English Learners

Boosting College Success for California Students

Jan. 4, 2021
English learners have tremendous potential but too often are held back from participating in college courses that lead to postsecondary degree completion and career success. This brief from Jobs for the Future explores the current state of dual enrollment participation for English learners, highlights promising practices, and provides recommendations for creating a more seamless transition between high school and…
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Credentials
Badge Count 2020

Detailed findings on the remarkable growth in the use of Open Badges—the world's leading format for digital badges.

Dec. 28, 2020
A new report from IMS Global and Credential Engine details the growth of Open Badges, which are verifiable, shareable, and contain information about achievements and what recipients did to earn the badge. According to the report, there are 475,000 total badges around the world that individuals can earn, 381,561 of which are available from issuers in the U.S. To date, there…
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State Policy
Strengthening the Federal Role in the Federal-State Partnership for Funding Higher Education

The Current Federal-State Partnership

Dec. 28, 2020
A new report from the Urban Institute contends that a federal-state partnership to fund higher education could help address ongoing equity gaps, but whether such a program achieves policymakers’ goals depends on the details. The study specifically looks at college affordability proposals—including those for free or debt-free college—and examines who would benefit from different plans and how the distribution…
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Adult Learners
COVID-19 Transfer, Mobility, and Progress: Fall 2020 Final Report

Fall 2020 Final Report

Dec. 21, 2020
A new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center shows that the total number of transfer students fell slightly more than 8 percent this year compared to fall 2019. Reverse transfers—four-year college students transferring into two-year colleges this fall—decreased the most, by 19.4 percent.
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Human Work and Learning
Bridge Builders

How Intermediaries Can Connect Education and Work in a Postpandemic World

Dec. 18, 2020
Intermediaries — also referred to as bridge builders, boundary spanners, conveners, and other names — fill the critical role of connecting all the parties in the system to empower people with the skills required in the labor force. Those parties generally include employers, educators, workers, and prospective workers. Within these categories may fall many other…
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Racial Justice and Equity
Race and Racism: Doing Good Better

Put a Stop to Colorblind Communications

Dec. 14, 2020
As communicators, our power lies in storytelling. We choose the narratives, messengers, words, and images that persuade people to change their minds or take action. With that power comes a responsibility to resist perpetuating racist systems and to do better. Or, as we say, do good.
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Slides: The Story of Lumina’s Work

Moving the nation toward a learning system for today's student

Dec. 11, 2020
These slides highlight the strategies and tactics Lumina relies on to build a fair and just education and training system for today's student that also meets society's needs.
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Credentials
Mapping the College Transfer Process

Barriers to Student Success and Opportunities for Improvement

Dec. 11, 2020
Working with the City University of New York, MDRC’s Center for Applied Behavioral Science maps factors that impede students transferring from community colleges. This blueprint shows the stages of that transfer process, with information about challenges at each stage and interventions informed by behavioral science to help overcome them.
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Infographic: The Story of Lumina’s Work

Moving the nation toward a learning system for today's student

Dec. 11, 2020
This visualization highlights the strategies and tactics Lumina relies on to build a fair and just education and training system for today's student that also meets society’s needs.
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