Quantifying the perspectives of the currently, previously, and never enrolled after unprecedented disruptions to higher education
April 20, 2022
Despite recent pandemic disruptions, U.S. adults view higher education as playing a critical role in achieving a great job and a great life. As millions of Americans map their post-pandemic pathways, higher education institutions are poised to have an important impact on the upskilling and reskilling of U.S. adults.
How Community Colleges Are Responding to Technology Innovation in the Workplace
April 13, 2022
This report describes a study conducted by researchers from CCRC and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Task Force on the Work of the Future to understand how community colleges are adapting their workforce programs to changing skill demands, diversifying pathways to certificates and degrees, and grappling with equity concerns.
Evaluation Study of Georgia State University’s Panther Retention Grant Program
March 31, 2022
The Panther Retention Grant (PRG) program at Georgia State University (Georgia State) is one of the nation’s pioneering examples of a retention or completion grant program focusing on supporting students with immediate financial need. This study from Ithaka S+R explores the impacts of the program’s emergency grant on student outcomes and institutional finances.
At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government stopped requiring payment on most federal student loans. This “payment pause” was originally set to expire in September 2020, but after several extensions it is set to expire May 1, 2022. This report from the California Policy Lab and the Student Loan Law Initiative describes…
Experimental Evidence on the Effective Design of Free Tuition Programs
March 24, 2022
Proposed "free college" policies vary widely in design. This report from the National Bureau of Economic Research examines the effects of two free-tuition models on the schooling decisions of low-income students.
Amid calls to extend the two-year pause on the repayment of federally held student loans, researchers at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York predict in a report released this week that borrowers are likely to struggle financially once forbearance ends. The result, according to the report, will be a significant rise in delinquencies, both…
As the tech industry continues to see a high demand for positions while also being plagued with skill shortages, a report from Emsi Burning Glass says women of color must be part of the conversation or be in consideration for these roles—especially with so many still looking for work and with many more already using…
A report from the University of Alabama’s Education Policy Center on the impact of COVID-19 and Alabama’s Black Belt shows that nearly half as many students in Alabama’s Black Belt transferred from community colleges to four-year colleges in 2020 compared to the rest of the state.
How to Design and Implement Statewide Pathways From Community Colleges to Independent Colleges
March 16, 2022
Bachelor’s degree attainment for community college transfer students is one underutilized but essential pathway for reducing equity gaps in higher education. One way to achieve this at scale is through state-level initiatives dedicated to supporting transfer from community colleges to not-for-profit independent colleges. This report from Ithaka S+R looks at successful statewide transfer initiatives in…
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Lumina Foundation is an independent, private foundation in Indianapolis that is 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 for success in a global economy.