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Research and Evaluation
How COVID-19 Affected the Quality of Work

2020 Great Jobs Survey

April 7, 2021
Discover new insights on worsening job quality during the COVID-19 pandemic in the 2020 Great Jobs Report, a research partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Omidyar Network and Lumina Foundation.
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Research and Evaluation
The Increasing Role of Community Colleges Among Bachelor’s Degree Recipents

Findings From the 2019 National Survey of College Graduates

Jan. 27, 2021
A new report from the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics shows the increasing role of community colleges in helping people with bachelor's degrees. Of the 14.8 million graduates who earned their first bachelor’s degree between 2008 and 2017, more than half had previously attended a community college and 25 percent had earned an…
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Research and Evaluation
One Semester Later

How Prospective and Current College Students’ Perspectives of Higher Ed Have Changed Between August and December 2020

Jan. 21, 2021
COVID-19 has dramatically changed today's higher education landscape. A new report from Third Way and New America offers insight about the pandemic’s impact on current and prospective college students—and how COVID-19 is shifting their perceptions of higher education over time. 
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Research and Evaluation
Quantifying the impact of excess capacity in higher education

The cost of excess capacity could be as high as $50 billion annually

Dec. 8, 2020
The question being asked before the pandemic, “Is there excess capacity in the US higher education sector, and what is the potential cost of this excess capacity and subsequent impact on students, especially underrepresented students?” is increasingly relevant during the COVID-19 era, with so much of higher education operating in a remote mode of delivery.
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Research and Evaluation
High School Benchmarks With a COVID-19 Special Analysis

National College Progression Rates

Dec. 8, 2020
A new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center updates the key indicators of high school to college transition, persistence, and completion outcomes for high school graduates of 2019 and earlier. In addition, this year’s report features a first look at the effect of COVID-19 on the immediate college enrollment rate of the high school graduating class of…
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Research and Evaluation
College Transfer in the COVID-19 Era

Expectations vs. Reality

Dec. 7, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has not only changed what college looks like, it’s also affected students’ decisions about when, where, and whether to enroll in college. This report from Third Way identifies myths about college transfer and what policymakers can do to address the challenges these myths create.
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Research and Evaluation
COVID’s Lessons for Global Higher Education

Coping with the Present while Building a More Equitable Future

Nov. 30, 2020
This report was written over the course of the first six months of the pandemic, roughly from March to October 2020. During and since that time, much has transpired in terms of the pandemic and its implications for the world.
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Research and Evaluation
First Look Fall 2020 Enrollment

National Student Clearinghouse Research Center’s Monthly Update on Higher Education Enrollment

Oct. 30, 2020
A report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center shows big enrollment drops this fall. Of particular note, traditional-age students and Black students were much less likely to enroll at community colleges. Also, fewer students this fall enrolled in shorter-term programs.
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Research and Evaluation
COVID-19 Transfer, Mobility, and Progress

First Look Fall 2020 Report

Oct. 26, 2020
A report from the National Students Clearinghouse Research Center shows increased transfers from community colleges to four-year institutions in the first fall semester of the pandemic. According to the study, continuing students are the driver of these increases in upward transfer.
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Research and Evaluation
Measuring the Whole Student

Landscape Review of Traditional and Holistic Approaches to Community College Student Success

Sept. 30, 2020
As colleges and universities work to enhance student success, they frequently use traditional outcome-based metrics—such as graduation rates, year-to-year retention, and post-graduation employment—to define that “success.” These measurements, which are reported to and used by government, regulatory, and accrediting agencies, are influential for decision-making, benchmarking, ranking, and most importantly, funding. This report from Ithaka S+R…
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