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Advanced Opportunities

How Idaho Is Reshaping High Schools by Empowering Students

May 22, 2020
Dual enrollment programs, in which high school students enroll in college courses, have gained traction nationally in the past two decades, but Idaho’s “Advanced Opportunities” initiative has been particularly successful. This report from the Manhattan Institute describes the mechanics, origin, and institutional effects of Idaho’s initiative—and why it may be a useful model for policy…
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State Policies on Postsecondary Tuition Setting, Capping and Freezing

50-State Comparison

May 20, 2020
Increasing prices for postsecondary education concern students, parents, educators and policymakers alike. But who has the authority to set those prices? This 50-State Comparison details the highest level of policy, by state, that addresses the authority to set tuition for the four-year and two-year public sectors. The maps below illustrate that in the majority of…
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Managing Institutional Closure

The Role of States in Connecting Systems to Protect Students

April 29, 2020
Governors have considerable opportunity to use the regulatory guardrails already in place and take proactive measures to ensure that students receive proper communication from closing institutions, have a realistic opportunity to complete their degree or credential, and are not left in financial ruin when their institutions close before they can graduate.
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Anticipating and Managing Precipitous College Closures
March 16, 2020
Over the last five years, an average of 20 campuses have closed each month, leaving around 500,000 students (mostly working adults, low-income students, and students of color) affected. A new report from New America explores a dozen college closures (both private nonprofit and for-profit), assessing the warning signs that were missed and the actions that…
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Governors’ Top Education Priorities in 2020 State of the State Addresses
March 16, 2020
An annual report from the Education Commission of the States tracks, analyzes, and identifies various education policy proposals and trends featured in governors’ State of the State addresses. According to the report, workforce development, career and technical education, and college affordability are among governors' top higher education policy concerns this year.
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Winners and Losers?

The Effect of Gaining and Losing Access to Selective Colleges on Education and Labor Market Outcomes

March 10, 2020
A working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research examines the long-term impact of the Texas “top 10 percent” law, which was created to promote diversity in Texas higher education. Specifically, the paper addresses admissions and income.
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Community College Bachelor’s Degrees

An Update on State Activity and Policy Considerations

Feb. 24, 2020
This report shows that 23 states currently allow community colleges to offer bachelor’s degrees as a way to help meet workforce demands, increase access to educational and career advancement opportunities, address college affordability, and increase degree attainment rates. The report captures recent state policy activity on the programs, plus a summary of pros and cons…
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A Top-Down/Bottom-Up Approach to Statewide Change

Mathematics Pathways to Completion

Feb. 21, 2020
This report from the Community College Research Center examines the efforts of six state higher education systems to improve student outcomes and close opportunity gaps in mathematics as part of a three-year project led by the Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas at Austin.
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50-State Comparison: Transfer and Articulation Policies
Feb. 20, 2020
The Education Commission of the States recently updated its 50-State Comparison on Transfer and Articulation Policies, which captures policies in all 50 states that pertain to transferring college credits. Findings show that 2020 is seeing the refinement of multiple statewide transfer policies, pointing to a commitment to increase student completion rates.
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The Diploma Dilemma

A Policy Analysis from the Hoover Education Success Initiative

Feb. 10, 2020
This paper outlines the three functions high school diplomas signal in our schools and in our students’ lives, and the tensions among them. It also explores the false dichotomy between college and career training preparation and how that false choice is stymieing both efforts. The policy briefing, crafted with an audience of state education policy…
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