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How to Achieve More Equitable Community College Student Outcomes: Lessons From Six Years of CCRC Research on Guided Pathways

Lessons From Six Years of CCRC Research on Guided Pathways

Sept. 21, 2021
Hundreds of community colleges have sought to implement whole-college reforms using the guided pathways model, either on their own or as part of a national or state initiative. This report from the Community College Research Center describes the evolution of guided pathways reforms, as well as the next frontiers for guided pathways practice and research.
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Digital Skills and Older Workers

Supporting Success in Training and Employment in a Digital World

Sept. 15, 2021
The acceleration of the shift to online and remote learning and working brings new opportunities, but it also brings the potential for further inequities in the labor market. This report from the Urban Institute documents some of the barriers and opportunities that exist for older workers accessing online programs, with a focus on their digital…
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The Adult-Ready Playbook

A Comprehensive Policy and Practice Guide to Improve Outcomes for Post-Traditional Learners

Sept. 1, 2021
A first-of- its-kind resource from the Education Strategy Group pulls together the most promising strategies for serving adult learners into a single, comprehensive framework—one that fundamentally re-envisions education for this population of students.
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The Comebacker’s Odyssey

The Journey to Degree Completion

Aug. 16, 2021
Forty-five million adults 25 and older in the United States have some college credit but no degree. This relatively invisible group represents 20 percent of the adult population. This report from The Graduate Network! explores the “comebacker’s journey” and the top policy and communication priorities that can help these students return to college and complete…
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The Transfer Reset

Rethinking Equitable Policy for Today’s Learners

July 23, 2021
Countless students would agree: The transfer process does not work. Despite sustained efforts to “fix” transfer over the past several decades, the current system continues to produce dismal, inequitable outcomes and unnecessary roadblocks that thwart students’ educational goals. A new report from HCM Strategists, Sova and the Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program examines efforts to…
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Get Ready

Introducing the Millions of Adults Planning to Enroll in College

May 19, 2021
California faces a shortfall of more than two million degrees and certificates to meet employers’ needs and promote economic mobility for its residents. This report from California Competes examines which groups of California adults intend to enroll in higher education or training; which types of institutions they are interested in; whether they are interested in…
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Busy With Purpose

Lessons for Education and Policy Leaders From Returning Student-Parents

March 18, 2021
A new report from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research describes common challenges to persistence and college re-entry faced by adult students with children, factors that allow them to go back to school, and, in student-parents’ own words, tangible actions that policy and education leaders should take to better support their success.
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A Portrait of Student Parents in the California Community Colleges

A New Analysis of Financial Aid Seekers with Dependent Children

March 11, 2021
The path to and through college is challenging for many people, but the challenges are especially acute for students seeking a credential or degree while also raising children. This report from Wheelhouse: The Center for Community College Leadership and Research includes details about how student parents differ from their non-parenting peers in their demographics, their…
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From Reconnection to Graduation

Meeting the Needs of Returning Adult Students at Community Colleges

Feb. 11, 2021
Across Tennessee, more than 595,000 working-age adults have earned college credit but do not have a postsecondary credential. This report from The College System of Tennessee Office of Policy and Strategy aims to build a body of evidence about the challenges that returning adults face, the strategies that promote their success after they return, and…
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How Guided Pathways Reforms Can Improve Support for Adult Students

Lessons From Three Tennessee Community Colleges

Jan. 11, 2021
Guided pathways reforms are emerging as a promising strategy for improving student outcomes and closing equity gaps at community colleges, but little is known about how the guided pathways approach can help address challenges facing adult students. Drawing on interview data, this report from the Community College Research Center discusses strategies that three guided pathways…
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