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Impacts of Key Community College Strategies on Non-Degree Credential Completion by Adult Learners

A series of reports around the benefits of non-degree credentials

Posted: November 14, 2019
Authors: Heather A. McKay, William Mabe, Jessa Lewis Valentine, Derek Price, Debra D. Bragg, Matt S. Giani, John Cosgrove, Maggie Cosgrove, Marian Negoita
Organizations: DVP - Praxis, Rutgers Education and Employment Research Center, Bragg & Associates, Inc., Cosgrove & Associates, Social Policy Research Associates

With support from Lumina Foundation and coordination by DVP-PRAXIS LTD, several evaluators came together over the last year to conduct analyses of data deriving from individual TAACCCT grants. The objective was to explore the potential for different community college strategies to improve student attainment of non-degree credentials, and to examine labor market outcomes for adults earning these credentials. For these studies, evaluators focused on adult students between the ages of 25 and 64, who had no prior college experience or who had attended college but had not earned a credential of any kind. More than half of Americans between the ages of 25 and 64 do not hold a postsecondary credential, which significantly limits their labor market opportunities.

Impacts of Key Community College Strategies on Non-Degree Credential Completion by Adult Learners