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Research and Evaluation
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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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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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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Food Insecurity at Urban Universities

Perspectives During the COVID-19 Pandemic

March 22, 2021
In recent years, colleges and universities have begun to recognize food insecurity as a need many students face, and the body of research concerning the experience of food insecurity on campuses is steadily increasing. This report from the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities describes the impact of…
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The Impact of COVID-19 on Entering Students in Community Colleges

The Pandemic Affects College Decision-Making

March 17, 2021
With survey findings collected from entering students across 38 colleges during the fall of 2020, a new report from the Center for Community College Student Engagement illustrates that while most surveyed students’ plans about the college they attended and their chosen pathway of study did not change as a result of the pandemic, COVID-19 did…
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Dual Enrollment for Students From Special Populations

Improving College Transitions for English Learners, Students with Disabilities, Foster Youth, and Young People Experiencing Homelessness

Feb. 25, 2021
Interest in dual enrollment is rising in California and nationwide, but students from special populations—including English learners, students with disabilities, foster youth, and young people experiencing homelessness—are too often left on the sidelines. This report from Jobs for the Future explores promising practices and recommendations for designing dual enrollment with the assets and needs of…
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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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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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