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State Innovations for Near-Completers

Promising Practices

September 8, 2017

Of the 16.4 million credentials needed by 2025 to meet workforce demands, more than one-third will be drawn from individuals with some college credit and no degree. A new report from the Education Commission of the States examines implementation strategies of three states focused on improving attainment rates for this student population. The study also includes policy recommendations for state leaders as they begin to create legislation or design initiatives to reach near-completers and help them earn a credential.

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Need-Based State Financial Aid

Policy Snapshot

May 23, 2017

This Policy Snapshot explores need-based financial aid programs across the country and highlights state program examples, grant and scholarship expenditure amounts, and recent legislative activity.

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Examining the Federal-State Partnership in Higher Education

May 16, 2017

This brief from the Urban Institute suggests strategies for meeting national goals for postsecondary education while preserving and enhancing states’ roles.

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Illinois Postsecondary Investments

May 4, 2017

In recent years, political gridlock in Illinois has taken a toll on funding for public higher education. This brief sheds light on how past policies and funding patterns impact the current environment in Illinois, including changes in state support, spending patterns, tuition, and financial aid over the last decade. The report concludes with incisive analysis that could inform a durable policy and investment framework to help Illinois meet the state attainment goal and the real needs of local communities and employers.

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Framing the Opportunity

Eight State Policy Recommendations that Support Postsecondary Credential Completion for Underserved Populations

April 13, 2017

Postsecondary policy is a powerful lever for increasing underserved populations’ access to economic opportunity, suggests a report from Jobs for the Future. The study offers eight state policy recommendations that support postsecondary credential completion for opportunity youth, immigrants, and incarcerated or formerly incarcerated individuals who face barriers to earning the postsecondary credentials needed to join the middle class.

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Leveraging ESSA

Aligning K–12 and Postsecondary Credential Attainment Goals To Support Success for All Students

April 9, 2017

This policy brief from Higher Ed for Higher Standards identifies strategies for developing aligned K-12 and higher education goals and outlines how states can use those goals to drive strategic actions to support all youth on their path to attain a postsecondary credential of value.

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Lumina State Policy Agenda

2017–20

April 3, 2017

Lumina’s state policy agenda recommends ways in which states can identify, attract, and spend resources so that many more Americans can afford to earn postsecondary credentials with workplace value.

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How to Scale College in High School

A State Policy Guide for Implementing Dual Enrollment and Early College Designs Under the Every Student Succeeds Act

February 15, 2017

A new report from Jobs for the Future offers state and local policymakers a clear roadmap for leveraging the Every Student Succeeds Act to support the implementation of early college and dual enrollment in their states and communities.

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Policy Levers to Strengthen Community College Transfer Student Success

January 24, 2017

A new report from the Community College Research Center recommends ways that state policy could help to improve outcomes for community college transfer students in Texas. Among the report’s suggestions: (1) create stronger transfer pathways, (2) help students choose and stay on a transfer pathway, and (3) build momentum for regional community college-university collaboration.

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State strategies to facilitate adult learners’ transitions to postsecondary opportunities

January 6, 2017

A new report from REL Midwest examines what states are doing to connect adult learners to postsecondary opportunities. Among the strategies outlined in the study: Increasing awareness of postsecondary education options and admissions processes and creating career pathways that combine specific job skills training with basic education coursework.

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