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Research and Evaluation
Undergrads Depend on Financial Aid

2017–18 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study

Oct. 8, 2021
Around 60 percent of undergraduates used some form of federal financial aid to pay for their postsecondary education during the 2017-18 academic year, according to new data from the National Center for Education Statistics.
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Research and Evaluation
COVID-19: Transfer, Mobility, and Progress

Academic Year 2020-2021 Report

Aug. 27, 2021
COVID-19’s resurgence in late 2020, coupled with its disproportionate economic and health impacts on disadvantaged populations in the United States, made navigating traditional transfer options even more difficult, says this report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Higher education lost about 191,500 transfer students between July 2020 and June 2021, the report states.
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Campus Challenges and Strategic Priorities in a Time of Change
Aug. 11, 2021
The pandemic has challenged a number of stubborn assumptions about higher education—i.e. that change is slow, that faculty can’t adapt, that student learning can be neatly separated from students’ everyday lives, or that all students have the same opportunities to succeed. This report from the Association of American Colleges and Universities paints a picture of…
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How States and Institutions Can Work Together to Serve Adult Learners

Lessons From Adult Promise

July 20, 2021
This brief examines the various components of institutional readiness to serve adult learners, highlights the ways that state and institutional actors can work together to support such readiness, and describes institutions’ perceptions of the state role.
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Research and Evaluation
Leaving Money on the Table

The Persistence of Brain Waste Among College-Educated Immigrants

June 8, 2021
With rising job vacancies and a workforce and society that are aging, the United States already has a reservoir of human capital that is not fully tapped: The millions of U.S.-born and immigrant college graduates who are in jobs requiring no more than a high school credential or who are unemployed. This human capital, if…
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State Funding for Private Institutions

State Variation in Funding and Financial Aid for Private Institutions

May 20, 2021
During the 2020 fiscal year, states spent $2.68 billion on private colleges and universities, the equivalent of $563 per full-time student across the country, says a new report by the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association. Nearly 90 percent of the money went to financial aid.
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2021: Higher Ed by the Numbers

The Tennessee Postsecondary Data Book

May 19, 2021
A new report from the State Collaborative on Reforming Education offers a snapshot of data across postsecondary preparation, persistence, and success as a means of highlighting key postsecondary metrics and identifying areas of improvement for better supporting students through the Tennessee public education system.
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Higher Education in Puerto Rico

Conditions and Context Influencing Institutional Resilience

May 18, 2021
More students are enrolled in postsecondary education in Puerto Rico (almost 200,000 students) than 20 states in the United States. And, over the past 10 years, Puerto Rico has experienced several natural, economic, demographic, and governance challenges that have impacted day-to-day life for students, communities, and institutions of higher education. This brief from Excelencia in…
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Research and Evaluation
From Outreach to Enrollment

Strategies to Engage Adults in Education Beyond High School

May 12, 2021
Almost all states across the country have estab­lished ambitious college completion goals for their population. Most states’ goals emphasize achieving specific target rates and types of post-high school credentials required to address their workforce needs and improve people’s ability to thrive in a changing economy. Adult learners, that is, students ages 25 to 64, play…
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Waiting for the Bus?

Transit Infrastructure at America’s Community and Technical Colleges

May 6, 2021
Should a student need a car to get to community college? Transit infrastructure is a critical component of community college access and affordability, but the absence of national analysis has hampered support for students. This report from the Seldin/Haring-Smith Foundation offers a first look at transportation accessibility at America’s community and technical colleges.
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