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Promising Practices

A State Policymaker's STEM Playbook

September 28, 2016

A new policy brief from the Education Commission of the States says efforts by state policy makers are not achieving their intended return on investment because they lack one or more of three essential elements: Statewide coordination, adequate funding, and evaluation. The report highlights Utah as an example of a state that has successfully enacted and implemented all three components.

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Redesigning State Financial Aid to Better Serve Nontraditional Adult Students

Practical Policy Steps for Decision Makers

September 12, 2016

State financial aid programs are failing to keep pace with today’s changing college-going population, contends a new report from Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success. As a result, many nontraditional adult students are left behind. To better meet the needs of these students, the report recommends prioritizing need-based state aid, making eligibility rules more inclusive of nontraditional students, and restructuring state aid.

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State Financial Aid

Applying redesign principles through state engagement

July 13, 2016

A report from the Education Commission of the States offers lessons learned from states’ efforts to redesign state financial aid.

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Infographic: Transfer Policies Across States

A 50-state comparison

April 21, 2016

One-third of college students transfer to a different institution at least once in their college career, says a new report from the Education Commission of the States. The report provides a national look at the number of states that have policies with one of the four metrics: transferable lower-division core, common course numbering, guaranteed transfer of an associate degree and reverse transfer.

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Keeping the Promise

Going the Distance on Transfer Reform

March 9, 2016

Significant improvements have been made to create a seamless transfer pathway between California Community Colleges and the California State Universities, says a report from the Campaign for College Opportunity. However, more progress is needed to ensure every student who wants to transfer is directed to the pathway and reaches her or her goal of a Bachelor’s degree, the report states.

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Reaching for Opportunity

An Action Plan to Increase Michigan’s Postsecondary Credential Attainment

December 1, 2015

This report from the Michigan Postsecondary Credential Attainment Workgroup offers recommendations on future steps it says Michigan must take to increase postsecondary education attainment and improve its economy.

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Advancing the Economy Through Attainment

What Arizona Can Learn From States With Higher Education Attainment Goals

August 27, 2015

A policy brief from College Success Arizona highlights the critical need to increase the percentage of Arizonans who hold postsecondary certificates and degrees and the benefits associated with increased educational attainment. The report includes examples of five other states that have put strategies in place to improve college attainment for their students.

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Report: Slow Uptick in State Funding for Higher Ed

State Higher Education Finance

April 10, 2015

State support for higher education is up 4.1 percent this year, according to the latest Grapevine report. Between the fiscal years of 2015 and 2016, 39 states reported increases in state funding, while nine reported decreases, the report shows.

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Policy Meets Pathways

A State Policy Agenda for Transformational Change

December 17, 2014

This report by Jobs for the Future says that a decade of interventions has fallen short because states and college campuses are not taking large enough steps to address their biggest challenge—helping the 12.8 million students enrolled in community colleges earn postsecondary degrees and credentials to secure good jobs. The report challenges community colleges to redesign pilot and ad-hoc projects into structured and guided pathways that reshape every step of the student experience, while states need to develop state-level structures that can support these scaled-up improvements.

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Time is the Enemy

October 7, 2011

The surprising truth about why today’s college students aren’t graduating ... and what needs to change.

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