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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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