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Adult Pathways
Part-Time Students Must Be a Full-Time Priority
Aug. 1, 2022
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…
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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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Research and Evaluation
Recognizing Catalysts for Change in Postsecondary Education

Transforming Mindsets, Powering Change Series

Jan. 14, 2022
In our evaluation of Talent Hubs, stakeholders often drew our attention to individuals who played an outsized role in catalyzing equitable change within and across partner organizations.
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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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