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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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Solving for Equity in Practice

New Insights on Advancing College Math Opportunity and Success

Aug. 24, 2021
Some California colleges are making significant progress on reforming mathematics education, implementing strategies shown to improve math outcomes for students, including those who are traditionally underrepresented, says this report from Just Equations. Yet additional steps are needed to close continuing equity gaps at postsecondary institutions. The report highlights two untapped opportunities that will be necessary…
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Postpandemic Federal Higher Education Accountability

Exploring Conceptual Frameworks for Performance Measures

Aug. 16, 2021
The student loan pause and the pandemic-induced recession will have a number of repercussions for metrics that inform federal higher education accountability. This report from the Urban Institute offers a set of frameworks for short-and long-term higher education accountability policy options to address the pandemic’s effects on formal and informal higher education accountability measures.
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Self-Reported COVID Rates of Students During Pandemic
Aug. 2, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic upended American higher education in multiple ways, disrupting instruction, increasing economic insecurity, and isolating students from their support systems. The specific impacts of the COVID-19 virus on students, however, are not well understood. A new research brief from the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice estimates that 7 percent of students…
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One Year Later

COVID-19’s Impact on Current and Future College Students

June 29, 2021
A new report from Third Way and New America shows that students believe the worst of the pandemic is over. This optimism, however, does not translate into increased positivity toward higher education. Many students express concern about the practical needs of online education, the cost, and how a degree will prepare them for a new…
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Chutes or Ladders?

Strengthening California Community College Transfer So More Students Earn the Degrees They Seek

June 24, 2021
Much like players in the game, Chutes and Ladders, California community college students who want to transfer to a four-year college or university are trying to make progress, but one bad roll of the dice can set them back several turns. This report from the Campaign for College Opportunity examines the ways in which the…
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Where Do We Go Next?

Youth Insights on the High School Experience During a Year of Historic Upheaval

June 22, 2021
Too many young people still lack adequate access to the kinds of learning environments and experiences, network of supportive adults, and extracurricular programming that contribute to holistic wellbeing, high school completion, and postsecondary readiness. This report from America’s Promise Alliance and Research for Action presents findings from a national survey focused on understanding the experiences,…
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Moving Up

Promoting Workers’ Economic Mobility Using Network Analysis

June 14, 2021
After decades of rising inequality, stagnating wages, and a shrinking middle class, many American workers find it harder and harder to get ahead. COVID-19 only accentuated this stark divide. A report from the Brookings Institution offers a new approach to better understand the contours of mobility: Who is falling behind, where, and by how much.
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Basic Needs Insecurity During the Ongoing Pandemic
June 7, 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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A First Look at Impacts of the College Housing Assistance Program at Tacoma Community College
June 7, 2021
The College Housing Assistance Program (CHAP), operated by the Tacoma Housing Authority (THA) and Tacoma Community College (TCC), is at the forefront of the nationwide fight homelessness among college students. In contrast to other programs such as student-run shelters, rapid-rehousing, and college-owned affordable apartments, CHAP utilizes government-subsidized housing assistance to provide housing to homeless and…
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