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Preliminary Report of the Special Committee on Academic Freedom and Florida

May 24, 2023
A new report from the American Association of University Professors says the politically, racially, and ideologically motivated attacks on public higher education in Florida are damaging the quality of Florida’s public higher education. If sustained, the efforts threaten the “very survival of meaningful higher education in the state, with dire implications for the entire country,”…

Normalizing Opportunity: A Policy Agenda to Promote Economic Advancement for People With Criminal Records

April 24, 2023
The U.S. economy has a talent pipeline challenge. Employers in several industries are struggling to fill job vacancies, and the gap between the demand for labor and the supply of talent is likely to grow. In the next decade, the labor supply is projected to shrink, while recent federal investments are expected to spur the…
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Race, Ethnicity, and the Design of State Grant Aid Programs

Jan. 26, 2023
Most states use need-based state grant programs to reduce financial barriers to college for students from low-income households. The policy design and eligibility requirements of these grant programs vary from state to state and even across sectors. But some policies may unintentionally disproportionately exclude students from underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups.

A New Birth of Freedom in Higher Education

Jan. 4, 2023
Conservatives frequently bemoan the ideological monoculture on college campuses, but they too rarely propose constructive solutions. One notable exception has been Arizona State University’s School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership, which is funded directly by the Arizona state legislature as a distinct academic unit.

English as a Second Language at California’s Community Colleges

Nov. 28, 2022
California’s community colleges began implementing Assembly Bill 705 reforms for credit English as a Second Language in fall 2021, two years after implementing similar reforms in English and math. With a broad goal of improving success and equity for students pursuing degrees and transfers to four-year colleges, AB 705 reforms are already making notable transformations…

Holistic Credit Mobility

Nov. 16, 2022
Today's postsecondary students accumulate college credit and other validated learning experiences from more sources and in more forms. Adult learners may complete military or corporate training, obtain credit for prior learning through a competency-based examination, or accumulate credits at multiple institutions along their educational journey. Additionally, high school students routinely earn college credit through dual…
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Nearly There

Aug. 11, 2022
AB 705 continues to drive large-scale changes in placement and remediation in California’s community colleges. The law requires colleges to rely on high school grades for placement and restricts colleges from requiring remedial courses if these courses do not improve students’ timely completion of math and English requirements for transfer to a university.

Statewide AB 705 Update

June 10, 2022
Four years after historic legislation transformed placement and remediation in California’s community colleges, the system is still grappling with the complexities of implementing Assembly Bill 705. This report from California Acceleration Project analyzes plans submitted to the state chancellor’s office by 115 colleges, detailing the changes they plan to make to better implement AB 705.

Dual Enrollment

Jan. 5, 2022
A report from the Southern Regional Education Board looks at key issues regarding dual enrollment and how each state addresses student access, eligibility and cost, program quality, funding, and data reporting.