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Focus magazine cover for Spring 2021 issue on advising.
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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Cover image from report depicts a Black, female worker in a blue COVID mask.
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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State Policy
State Strategies to Re-Engage Students With Some College and No Degree

Completion and Student Success Strategies from National Governors Association

March 24, 2021
At least 36 million adults in the United States have earned some postsecondary education credit without obtaining a credential. Adults in this population frequently indicate their desire to finish what they started but often need proactive support structures and services to help them overcome challenges. This brief from the National Governors Association focuses on actions…
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Affordability
Fixing Income-Driven Repayment for Federal Student Loans

How IDR Works and Enrollment Trends

March 23, 2021
The income-driven repayment (IDR) plan allows all federal student loan borrowers to limit payments to a small share of their incomes and provides loan forgiveness benefits. This report from the American Enterprise Institute says that instead of providing mass loan forgiveness, policymakers should strengthen IDR for vulnerable borrowers while reining in excessive benefits for borrowers…
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Research and Evaluation
Food Insecurity at Urban Universities

Perspectives During the COVID-19 Pandemic

March 22, 2021
In recent years, colleges and universities have begun to recognize food insecurity as a need many students face, and the body of research concerning the experience of food insecurity on campuses is steadily increasing. This report from the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities describes the impact of…
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Talent Development
Reimagining Transfer for Student Success

The National Task Force on the Transfer and Award of Credit

March 18, 2021
This report from the American Council on Education offers six concrete recommendations to help higher education leaders carry out more seamless and efficient transfer and award of credit on their campuses. The report comes at a time when college students are becoming more mobile, moving in and out as well as through multiple colleges and…
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Adult Learners
Busy With Purpose

Lessons for Education and Policy Leaders From Returning Student-Parents

March 18, 2021
A new report from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research describes common challenges to persistence and college re-entry faced by adult students with children, factors that allow them to go back to school, and, in student-parents’ own words, tangible actions that policy and education leaders should take to better support their success.
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