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Good Jobs That Pay without a BA

A State-by-State Analysis

November 13, 2017

A state-level analysis finds that nearly half of states have added good blue-collar jobs that don’t require bachelor’s degrees (BAs). The majority of good jobs growth has gone to workers with associate's degrees or some college education.

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A Grand Bargain on Quality Assurance?

Change Magazine • September/October 2017, pgs. 66 - 70

November 13, 2017

Lays out a new federal policy framework for accreditation that would focus on student outcomes and allow for greater differentiation in accreditor engagement with institutions. It is designed to address the core federal interest in ensuring that billions of annual student and taxpayer dollars are spent on quality higher education programs that graduate most students with a valuable credential.

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How Competency-Based Education May Help Reduce Our Nation’s Toughest Inequities

November 8, 2017

This paper considers how CBE can be used to educate, equip, and empower learners who struggle in postsecondary learning programs because of who they are and where they live. Recommended starting points — places and programs — are provided throughout the paper to highlight where and how CBE providers can prioritize equity.

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Making College Affordable

Providing Low-Income Students with the Knowledge and Resources Needed to Pay for College

November 8, 2017

The report examines the numerous barriers preventing low-income students from enrolling and persisting in college, including concerns over high tuition and fees, lack of clarity on award amounts and duration, and a limited understanding of how financial aid works. "Making College Affordable" offers 11 best practices to institutions to help students pay for college and stay in school.

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A Benchmark for Making College Affordable

The Rule of 10

October 31, 2017

College affordability. Two simple words; two critically important, yet distressingly hollow words. Policymakers, college administrators, and student advocates all use this term, but no one seems to precisely define what it means or what achieving it would look like. Without a clear definition, it’s hard to measure progress toward this goal.

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The Economic Impact of Increasing College Completion

October 26, 2017

A new paper seeks to determine when the economic benefits to individuals and the national economy from a college completion boost would begin to outweigh investment costs.

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The Equity Journey

Newschools Venture Fund and Lumina Foundation Pursue Diversity on the Road to Equity

October 17, 2017

In this case study, Lumina Foundation and NewSchools Venture Fund, two grantmakers represented on Grantmakers for Education’s Equity Impact Group, offer up strategies and learnings on their recent journeys in embedding diversity, equity and inclusion into their organizational cultures, grantmaking practices and field-building efforts.

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Latino Education and Economic Progress

Running Faster but Still Behind

October 13, 2017

New report on Latino educational and economic progress finds that Latinos have gained ground but still lag behind Whites and Blacks. Latino Education and Economic Progress: Running Faster but Still Behind reveals that Latinos have become stuck in the middle- and low-wage tiers of the labor market.

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Taking Stock of Outcomes-Based Funding

Policy Snapshot

October 2, 2017

Concerned with low on-time graduation rates, some state lawmakers are turning to outcomes-based funding as one policy approach to support postsecondary degree attainment and workforce goals. This report from the Education Commission of the States defines and explores outcomes-based funding, and provides summary information on 2016 and 2017 legislative activities.

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Thinking “Beyond the Box”

The use of criminal records in college admissions

September 28, 2017

Inquiries into a student’s criminal history on college applications may pose a significant barrier to enrollment, says a report from the Brookings Institution. At the same time, colleges and universities need to balance issues of college access against legitimate campus safety and liability concerns, the report states.

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