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The State of Higher Education 2022 Report

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.
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Preparing for Tomorrow’s Middle-Skill Jobs

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. 
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The Impacts of Emergency MicroGrants on Student Success

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.
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Who Benefits From the Student Loan Payment Pause and What Will Happen When It Ends?
March 31, 2022
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…
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Hispanic-Serving Institutions Data: 2020-2021
March 31, 2022
New reports from Excelencia in Education offer detailed trends, data, and analyses on Hispanic Serving Institutions.
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The Power of Certainty

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.
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Student Loan Repayment During the Pandemic Forbearance
March 22, 2022
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…
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The Equation for Equality
March 22, 2022
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…
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Educational Attainment, Community College, and Transfer in the Black Belt
March 21, 2022
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.
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Playbook for Transfer Pathways to the Liberal Arts

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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