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Badge Count 2020

Detailed findings on the remarkable growth in the use of Open Badges—the world's leading format for digital badges.

Dec. 28, 2020
A new report from IMS Global and Credential Engine details the growth of Open Badges, which are verifiable, shareable, and contain information about achievements and what recipients did to earn the badge. According to the report, there are 475,000 total badges around the world that individuals can earn, 381,561 of which are available from issuers in the U.S. To date, there…
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Mapping the College Transfer Process

Barriers to Student Success and Opportunities for Improvement

Dec. 11, 2020
Working with the City University of New York, MDRC’s Center for Applied Behavioral Science maps factors that impede students transferring from community colleges. This blueprint shows the stages of that transfer process, with information about challenges at each stage and interventions informed by behavioral science to help overcome them.
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The Role of Education in Taming Authoritarian Attitudes

With a Foreword by John J. Degioia, President of Georgetown University

Sept. 16, 2020
The classic tension between free will and determinism can be found in the contemporary college or university within disciplines ranging from sociology to neuroscience to political science. The enduring and challenging questions faculty, researchers, and students all wrestle with include: How much freedom do we really have? Do we decide and act with an understanding…
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Lumina’s Strategic Plan

Lumina strategies to accelerate and scale the redesign of systems to take us to 2025 and beyond

Sept. 15, 2020
Society’s need for talent and the drive to expand the proportion of Americans with quality education and training after high school to meet this need have never been more urgent. The confluence of a pandemic, severe unemployment and racial injustice has exposed the daunting challenges ahead. Yet overcoming such challenges is what has made our…
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How Students Experience and Perceive Transferring Earned Credit

A National Snapshot

July 28, 2020
A new report from the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers explores the perceived enablers and barriers transfer students face when attempting to transfer credits from one institution of higher education to another.
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A Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree

College students need both a rigorous liberal arts core curriculum and a faster track to graduation that would saddle them with less debt

July 24, 2020
College students need both a rigorous liberal arts core curriculum and a faster track to graduation that saddles them with less debt. A new report from the American Enterprise Institute examines the potential of a three-year undergraduate degree to accomplish that mission.
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How Did Six Community Colleges Design Supports for Part-Time Faculty?

A Report on Achieving the Dream's Engaging Adjuncts Project

July 23, 2020
This report from the Community College Research Center documents a range of strategies that six colleges designed to support and engage their adjunct faculty, examines how the strategies were implemented, and measures the effects of a set of selected activities on faculty and students.
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Transforming IT Training Programs Into Successful Career On-Ramps

The Promise of IT for Workers Without a Four-Year Degree

July 23, 2020
The IT industry is dynamic and quickly evolving. As a surge of diverse training models across subsectors and occupations becomes available, this is a unique opportunity to enhance training practices and better align them to meet industry and employer needs. This brief from Jobs for the Future offers recommendations for IT training providers to strengthen…
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Does Taking a Few Courses at a Community College Improve the Baccalaureate, STEM, and Labor Market Outcomes of Four-Year College Students?

CCRC Working Paper No. 122

July 10, 2020
Students who take a few courses at community colleges increase their chances of earning a bachelor's degree,suggests this report from the Community College Research Center. Four-year college students who took one to 10 credits at a two-year college had a 4.5 percentage point higher bachelor’s degree completion rate than four-year college students who earned no…
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What Are Short-Term Credentials?

A vital measure of post–high school educational attainment in the United States

July 1, 2020
Short-term credentials, including college-level certificates and industry-recognized certifications, generally take less time and money to earn than degrees.
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