Most states use need-based state grant programs to reduce financial barriers to college for students from low-income households. The policy design and eligibility requirements of these grant programs vary from state to state and even across sectors. But some policies may unintentionally disproportionately exclude students from underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups.
Acting on data about both part-time and full-time students is essential to moving the needle on college completion. It also is an equity issue. Part-time student attainment rates severely lag behind those of their full-time counterparts, regardless of sector or timeframe. And part-time students are disproportionately BILPOC (Black, Indigenous, Latinx, People of Color) students, community…
Despite gradual increases in U.S. higher education participation and attainment over the last half century, this annual report from The Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education of the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) and the University of Pennsylvania Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy (PennAHEAD) finds persistent inequity throughout the…
Quantifying the perspectives of the currently, previously, and never enrolled after unprecedented disruptions to higher education
April 20, 2022
Despite recent pandemic disruptions, U.S. adults view higher education as playing a critical role in achieving a great job and a great life. As millions of Americans map their post-pandemic pathways, higher education institutions are poised to have an important impact on the upskilling and reskilling of U.S. adults.
A developmental evaluation of two partnerships' efforts to improve state-level postsecondary outcomes
Oct. 1, 2021
This report documents efforts in Alabama and Indiana to impact state-level postsecondary education using regional and local models and offers examples of how the context in which a partnership operates and their partnership-building process can influence partnership structure, stakeholder engagement, and partnership activities.
Retail Giant’s ‘Live Better U’ Program Is Proving Its Value
Sept. 14, 2021
This study shows how Walmart's Live Better U employee education initiative improves outcomes for associates and for Walmart. The report focuses on measurable impact for participating associates and includes disaggregated outcomes by race and ethnicity, showing how Walmart’s employees of color use and benefit from the program alongside white colleagues. This analysis focuses specifically on…
Findings From the 2020 National Survey of Postsecondary Competency-Based Education
July 1, 2021
This report presents findings from the 2020 National Survey of Postsecondary Competency-Based Education. The 2020 survey is the third in a series done by the American Institutes for Research. Our goal is to understand the national landscape of postsecondary competency-based education (CBE) and give stakeholders an assessment of the field to inform their actions. Key…
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