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Lessons for advancing postsecondary outcomes with community and state partnerships

A developmental evaluation of two partnerships' efforts to improve state-level postsecondary outcomes

Oct. 1, 2021
This report documents efforts in Alabama and Indiana to impact state-level postsecondary education using regional and local models and offers examples of how the context in which a partnership operates and their partnership-building process can influence partnership structure, stakeholder engagement, and partnership activities.
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State Policy
Lumina’s state policy agenda

A collection of evidence-based policies to increase educational attainment

Aug. 31, 2021
Lumina’s state policy agenda recommends ways in which states can identify, attract, and spend resources so that many more Americans can earn post-high school credentials with workplace value. The Agenda seeks to build a fairer, more racially just postsecondary system and is Lumina’s response to state leaders who ask how they can reach their state…
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Stranded Credits: A Matter of Equity

A Matter of Equity

Aug. 17, 2021
The issue of stranded credits has captured the attention of the media, states, and the federal government, leading many colleges and universities to either end their transcript withholding policies or use donations or federal recovery funds to pay down some students’ institutional debt. A new report from Ithaka S+R provides a voice to dozens of…
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The Relationship Between Education and Income

Separating Fact From Myth to Inform State Strategy

July 8, 2021
In 2019, before the global coronavirus pandemic hit, Michigan had what looked like a strong economy, driven partly by a thriving auto industry. GDP was high and unemployment was low. By traditional measures, the state was thriving. And yet, many Michigan families were struggling—38 percent of Michigan families couldn’t afford the basic necessities in 2019.…
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From Crisis to Recovery

Federal, State, and Institutional Recommendations for Higher Education

June 21, 2021
In spring 2020, New America and the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association partnered on a year-long research project to understand the effects of the pandemic, economic crisis, and racial reckoning on America’s colleges and universities. This report details several recommendations for federal, state, and institutional policymakers to help both institutions and students move from…
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The Cradle-to-Career Data System Governance Options, Explained

Pros and Cons of Major Governance Structure Options

April 19, 2021
In designing California’s Cradle-to-Career Data system, policymakers and numerous stakeholders have worked to make it a comprehensive and equity-driven vehicle for advancing change. This brief from California Competes provides a useful analysis and background to support their engagement and decision-making.
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Creating Equitable Futures for All Learners Through Credential Transparency

CTDL and the Credential Registry: Mechanisms For Equity

April 12, 2021
Seven state leadership organizations and five workforce, education and data advocacy/technical assistance experts have come together to build awareness, understanding, and demand for how policy can integrate credential transparency into education and workforce development state strategies. A new brief from Credential Engine explores the ways that credential transparency can be supported, integrated, and leveraged within…
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Better Connecting Secondary to Postsecondary Education

Lessons and Policy Recommendations from the Great Lakes

April 5, 2021
A new report from Jobs for the Future offers policy-based solutions and examples that can support greater alignment and partnerships across K-12 and postsecondary education, promote scaling, and ensure that every young person has the support necessary for success.
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State Strategies to Re-Engage Students With Some College and No Degree

Completion and Student Success Strategies from National Governors Association

March 24, 2021
At least 36 million adults in the United States have earned some postsecondary education credit without obtaining a credential. Adults in this population frequently indicate their desire to finish what they started but often need proactive support structures and services to help them overcome challenges. This brief from the National Governors Association focuses on actions…
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Preparing High School Students for Careers

State Policies to Promote and Measure Career Readiness

March 4, 2021
Many states have begun to adopt and revise their policies to promote and measure both college and career readiness among high school students. However, in these efforts, initiatives to improve students’ career readiness often lag those to improve their college readiness. This analysis from the Alliance for Excellent Education examines three policy areas in which…
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