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Quality Assurance
Scaling High-Impact Practices to Improve Community College Student Outcomes

Evidence from the Tennessee Board of Regents

March 3, 2021
Public two-year colleges serve as an important access point for two out of every five students enrolled in postsecondary education. However, only 40 percent of community college students earn a postsecondary credential of any kind within six years, limiting their opportunities for advancement.1 Hoping to increase student retention and success, many colleges are developing and…
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Quality Assurance
High-Impact Practices and Gains in Student Learning

Evidence from Georgia, Montana, and Wisconsin

Feb. 9, 2021
This report examines the relationship between students’ participation in high-impact practices (HIP) and their perceived learning gains, with special attention paid to the nature of these relationships among Black and Hispanic students and among students 25 years or older. In 2018, with support from Lumina Foundation, the National Association of System Heads (NASH) launched an…
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Human Work and Learning
Bridge Builders

How Intermediaries Can Connect Education and Work in a Postpandemic World

Dec. 18, 2020
Intermediaries — also referred to as bridge builders, boundary spanners, conveners, and other names — fill the critical role of connecting all the parties in the system to empower people with the skills required in the labor force. Those parties generally include employers, educators, workers, and prospective workers. Within these categories may fall many other…
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Impact and Planning
Bendable Lifelong Learning System

Developmental Evaluation Report

Dec. 18, 2020
Bendable, a lifelong learning platform, aims to provide all residents of South Bend, Indiana, with access to learning in order to create more resilient individuals, economies, and communities. FSG was commissioned by the Lumina Foundation to conduct a developmental evaluation of Bendable's 2020 calendar year. This work built on a prior engagement when in 2019,…
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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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State Policy
Higher Ed Budgets for the Post-COVID Era

Now’s Our Chance to Do This Right

Nov. 17, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the global and U.S. economy more profoundly than any other event since World War II. Just as the subprime mortgage crisis ushered in an 18-month economic decline and an ensuing state budget crisis, the current economic slide threatens to leave us in an even larger fiscal hole. The Great Recession…
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State Policy
Accelerating Quality Credential Pathways

Higher Ed Policy in the COVID Era

Nov. 10, 2020
The economic challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic compel us to forge new pathways to high-quality credentials. Such pathways can provide short-term learning aligned to in-demand jobs, helping individuals return to work as soon as possible while offering clear routes to further learning in the future.
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Student Supports
Enhancing Social Safety Nets

Higher Ed Policy in the COVID Era

Nov. 10, 2020
By themselves, colleges and universities cannot tackle all of the challenges facing students. They must collaborate with other organizations and state agencies to coordinate support and effectively communicate with students in need. Amid the global COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing economic recession, institutions must also provide emergency financial aid. State policymakers can help support institutions by…
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Affordability
Equitable Funding and Financing

Higher Ed Policy in the COVID Era

Nov. 10, 2020
While funding cuts are often necessary during economic downturns, reducing state investments in higher education will hamper recovery. If cuts are inevitable, a one-size-fits-all approach will undermine states’ ability to meet future talent needs and ensure equitable opportunity. State leaders should evaluate funding decisions based on their impact on low-income students and students of color,…
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State Policy
Mass Transfers, Unpredictable Enrollment, and Closures

Higher Ed Policy in the COVID Era

Nov. 10, 2020
While final enrollment numbers for this fall are still unclear, states and institutions can anticipate shifts in enrollment and transfer patterns for different student populations. To maximize higher education’s potential as a pathway to economic recovery—and to make good on the promise of equitable opportunity for all students—policymakers must respond in ways that address students’…
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