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Securing the Basic Needs of College Students in Greater Philadelphia During a Pandemic

A #RealCollegePHL Report

May 25, 2021
Like many institutions, Philadelphia-area colleges and universities were reeling from the coronavirus pandemic as they entered fall 2020. Mirroring national trends, enrollment was down, particularly among those students most at risk of basic needs insecurity; fewer students completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); and college retention rates dropped. A new report from…
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Online Isn’t Optional

Student Polling on Access to Internet and Devices

May 25, 2021
Even as vaccine rollouts allow many institutions to resume in-person instruction, the need for low-cost and reliable high-speed internet and web-enabled devices remains crucial to students completing assignments, studying for exams, communicating with professors and classmates, and participating fully in higher education, says a new report from the Institute for Higher Education Policy. Students of…
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Moving the Needle on College Student Basic Needs

National Community College Provost Perspectives

April 28, 2021
For many years, higher education data collection has focused on student success metrics like enrollment, graduation, retention, and course completion rates. At the same time, college leaders have become increasingly aware—in part because of the COVID19 pandemic—of the vast array of challenges that college students face outside of the classroom that prevent them from fully…
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Focus magazine cover for Spring 2021 issue on advising.
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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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#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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Motor City Momentum

Three Years of the Detroit Promise Path Program for Community College Students

March 17, 2021
Postsecondary education is widely seen as a necessity in the modern economy. Yet students at community colleges often face steep odds when it comes to completing a degree. A report from MDRC examines the progress of a program to help more Detroit high school graduates—among the nation’s most underserved students—enroll and persist in college, accumulate…
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Caring Campus

An Initiative to Involve Community College Staff in Increasing Student Success

March 16, 2021
A new brief from the Community College Research Center describes the importance of nonacademic staff to the student experience and presents initial findings related to the Caring Campus initiative’s capacity to affect college culture and ground further change efforts.
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Strengthening Rural Community Colleges

Innovations and Opportunities

March 12, 2021
Community colleges across the country are plagued with tight budgets—caused in part by state disinvestment and chronic federal underfunding. For rural community colleges, these challenges are even more acute, as their needs are greater and the costs of providing services higher. The COVID-19 pandemic has only deepened the prosperity gap between rural and non-rural communities,…
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Toward Greater Inclusion and Success

A New Compact for International Students

Feb. 11, 2021
This report from the American Council on Education proposes key strategies and practical approaches to help institutions create lifelong relationships with international students and to ensure that they not only thrive academically and socially while on campus, but are also well prepared for careers and life upon graduation.
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Untapped Opportunity

Understanding and Advancing Prospects for Californians Without a College Degree

Feb. 5, 2021
To better understand the untapped opportunities available to individuals who have yet to complete college—and for postsecondary institutions, employers, and the state—a report from California Competes examines the characteristics of this population, from their location and current employment to the challenges they face in accessing higher education. The student further compares potential graduates with those…
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