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Research and Evaluation
The Indicators of Higher Education Equity in the United States: 2022 Historical Trend Report
May 13, 2022
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…
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Research and Evaluation
The State of Higher Education 2022 Report

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.
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Student Supports
Persevering to Completion

Understanding the Experiences of Adults Who Successfully Returned to College

Feb. 25, 2022
Nearly three-quarters of surveyed returning adults had completed a postsecondary credential, illustrating that these students can persevere to completion given sufficient time and support.
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State Policy
Lessons for advancing postsecondary outcomes with community and state partnerships

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.
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Tuition Reimbursement
Study Shows the Benefits of Walmart Education Effort

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…
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Competency-Based Learning
State of the Field

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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Student Veterans
Informing Improved Recognition of Military Learning

Exploring the Experiences of Student Veterans in Postsecondary Education

July 1, 2021
This report examines student veterans’ experiences with and perceptions of having their military learning recognized by a postsecondary institution.
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Research and Evaluation
Training as a Path to an Equitable Post-pandemic Recovery

Considerations Based on an Analysis of Washington State’s Short-term Training Participants and Outcomes

June 8, 2021
Based on data from the Washington Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board, this analysis explores short-term training programs. It offers details on who offers such programs and in which occupations, the demographics of enrollees, and the labor force outcomes among graduates. Given the limitations of federal student data, state-specific analyses such as this provide the…
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Today's Credentials
The Short-term Credentials Landscape

What We See and What Remains Unseen

May 5, 2021
Given the rapid growth in short-term programs, and policymakers’ fast-growing interest to invest federal higher education dollars into very-short-term credentials, we explore what the research does—and does not— show us about such credentials’ utility in the labor market. With concerns about equity, our review of the literature guides us towards caution, as a strong push…
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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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