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Research Evidence on Community College Ask-Connect-Inspire-Plan Onboarding Practices
May 16, 2022
Helping students gain early momentum is essential not only for improving student success rates and for closing equity gaps but also for countering declining community college enrollments. To build back enrollments, community colleges need to substantially increase retention as well as recruitment, particularly among students from underserved groups, says this report from the Community College…
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Experiences of LGBTQ People in Four-Year Colleges and Graduate Programs
May 10, 2022
As of fall 2019, more than 11 million undergraduate and 3 million graduate students were enrolled in four-year or graduate universities. These institutions provide an important stepping stone to higher earnings and greater economic stability; those with higher levels of education are consistently found to have higher rates of employment and higher median earnings.However, LGBTQ…
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HEERF Works

How Grants Have Supported Students at APLU Public Research Universities

April 5, 2022
A report from the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities shows that public research universities spent nearly $14.5 billion, or more than 70 percent, of Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) grant dollars as of Dec. 31, 2021. The funds were used to meet students’ basic needs, mitigate the spread of COVID-19, and pivot to…
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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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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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Connecting Community College Students to SNAP Benefits

Lessons Learned From a Pilot Outreach Intervention in California

March 16, 2022
Reducing stigma—and treating people with dignity when they ask for support—can have a powerful impact on alleviating food insecurity for college students, says a new report from the Hope Center on College, Community, and Justice. The study shares five lessons from a pilot intervention at Compton College to connect eligible community college students to Supplemental…
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Implications of Providing Child Care Assistance to Parents in Education and Training
March 14, 2022
This report from WorkRise explores the potential implications of a hypothetical policy change that makes child care assistance through the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF)—the nation’s primary child care assistance program for families with lower incomes—more available to families in which the parents are in school or training.
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DEI Challenges in the College Admissions Counseling Profession
March 14, 2022
This report from the National Association for College Admission Counseling examines diversity, equity, and inclusion practices in college counseling and admissions. The study includes insights and data on how counseling and admissions professionals experience DEI and how institutions and organizations can make changes to create an immediate impact.
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Persevering to Completion

Understanding the Experiences of Adults Who Successfully Returned to College

Feb. 25, 2022
Nearly three-quarters of surveyed returning adults had completed a postsecondary credential, illustrating that these students can persevere to completion given sufficient time and support.
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Connecting Community College Students to Non-Tuition Supports During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Feb. 17, 2022
Research shows that many students in distress are unaware of the resources available to help. This study examines an inexpensive way for community colleges to overcome this and other barriers so that students can find the support and information they need to thrive.
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