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Focus Magazine, Fall 2021: Native Excellence

Today’s Indigenous students choose their own paths to college success

Oct. 12, 2021
The nation’s Indigenous peoples—infinitely varied in their cultures and scattered all across the continent— have at least one thing in common: Essentially, they’re forgotten. Overlooked. Invisible. Whether they live on a faraway reservation, along a suburban street, or in the high-rise condo unit next door, we non-Natives don’t see them. Not really.
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Research and Evaluation
Undergrads Depend on Financial Aid

2017–18 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study

Oct. 8, 2021
Around 60 percent of undergraduates used some form of federal financial aid to pay for their postsecondary education during the 2017-18 academic year, according to new data from the National Center for Education Statistics.
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State Policy
Lessons for advancing postsecondary outcomes with community and state partnerships

A developmental evaluation of two partnerships' efforts to improve state-level postsecondary outcomes

Oct. 1, 2021
This report documents efforts in Alabama and Indiana to impact state-level postsecondary education using regional and local models and offers examples of how the context in which a partnership operates and their partnership-building process can influence partnership structure, stakeholder engagement, and partnership activities.
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Community Colleges
Student Outcomes at Community Colleges

What Factors Explain Variation in Loan Repayment and Earnings?

Sept. 28, 2021
Student outcomes at community colleges vary widely across institutions and programs, leaving some policymakers to wonder if more pressure is needed to hold these institutions accountable for their students’ future labor market outcomes, says this report from the Brookings Institution.
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Adult Learners
How to Achieve More Equitable Community College Student Outcomes: Lessons From Six Years of CCRC Research on Guided Pathways

Lessons From Six Years of CCRC Research on Guided Pathways

Sept. 21, 2021
Hundreds of community colleges have sought to implement whole-college reforms using the guided pathways model, either on their own or as part of a national or state initiative. This report from the Community College Research Center describes the evolution of guided pathways reforms, as well as the next frontiers for guided pathways practice and research.
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Adult Learners
Digital Skills and Older Workers

Supporting Success in Training and Employment in a Digital World

Sept. 15, 2021
The acceleration of the shift to online and remote learning and working brings new opportunities, but it also brings the potential for further inequities in the labor market. This report from the Urban Institute documents some of the barriers and opportunities that exist for older workers accessing online programs, with a focus on their digital…
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Tuition Reimbursement
Study Shows the Benefits of Walmart Education Effort

Retail Giant’s ‘Live Better U’ Program Is Proving Its Value

Sept. 14, 2021
This study shows how Walmart's Live Better U employee education initiative improves outcomes for associates and for Walmart. The report focuses on measurable impact for participating associates and includes disaggregated outcomes by race and ethnicity, showing how Walmart’s employees of color use and benefit from the program alongside white colleagues. This analysis focuses specifically on…
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Racial Justice and Equity
Achieving Financial Equity and Justice for HBCUs
Sept. 14, 2021
Historically Black colleges and universities are engines of upward mobility and job creation for their graduates, and recent investments are imperative if the nation is to see progress in racial, social, and economic equity. This report from the Century Foundation provides a fuller understanding of the history and current financial standing of HBCUs.
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Student Supports
Texas Policies for Reconnecting Opportunity Youth in Back on Track Pathways

Policy Alignment and Gaps for Improving Outcomes for Opportunity Youth

Sept. 8, 2021
This paper from Jobs for the Future provides an overview of Texas policies that support Back on Track pathways for opportunity youth to attain high school and postsecondary credentials. It also identifies opportunities and gaps for improving these outcomes.
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Racial Justice and Equity
Examining Disparities in College Opportunity by Gender for Black Californians

The State of Higher Education for Black Californians

Sept. 2, 2021
More Black students in California are earning college degrees, but alarming equity gaps in graduation rates remain, according to this report from the Campaign for College Opportunity. Equally concerning are the differences in graduation rates based on gender, the report notes.
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