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Statewide Educational Attainment Goals

A Story of Two States

March 6, 2018

This brief tells the story of two states, Arizona and New Hampshire, and their efforts to set ambitious goals for increasing educational attainment among their residents. Based primarily on interviews with key state leaders, these stories highlight the unique path each state took to prioritize its goals for postsecondary attainment and are designed to inspire ideas for leaders in other states.

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Equity Policy Academy

Prioritizing Equity

March 6, 2018

This brief tells the story of Lumina Foundation’s and states’ efforts to promote an equity agenda for higher education, featuring the 2015 Equity Policy Academy— which focused on improving educational equity for students from historically underserved groups—as a turning point. Based primarily on interviews with Lumina staff and key state leaders from the five states that participated in the Academy—Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Vermont, and Virginia—this story is designed to highlight the unique path each state took to prioritize equity in postsecondary attainment, and inspire ideas for leaders in other states.

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Outcomes-Based Funding Strategies for Postsecondary Education

An Inspiring Story

March 6, 2018

This brief tells the story of Indiana’s efforts to develop and implement outcomes-based funding (OBF) for public postsecondary education. Indiana’s story is supplemented by a briefer description of efforts in Tennessee. Based primarily on interviews with key state leaders, this story is designed to highlight the unique path each state took to implement funding policies that can help increase educational attainment beyond high school, improve equity in student outcomes, and inspire ideas for leaders in other states.

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A Stronger Nation report

Learning beyond high school builds American talent

February 12, 2018

Print-ready version of A Stronger Nation's National Summary 2017. 

The most current datasets are available in the interactive version. Visit:  A Stronger Nation.

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Ready to Work

Understanding Immigrant Skills in the United States to Build a Competitive Labor Force

January 23, 2018

Investing in human capital—workers’ education and skills—is key to building a productive workforce, supporting innovation, and fostering economic growth.

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Focus magazine, Winter 2018: Not tardy ... timely!

Today’s 'freshmen' are rewriting the rules on the college experience

January 2, 2018

Meet more of today's students — seven members of America’s “new freshman class” – individuals from all walks of life, who are seeking or have recently earned their first credential after high school.

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Good Jobs That Pay without a BA

A State-by-State Analysis

November 13, 2017

A state-level analysis finds that nearly half of states have added good blue-collar jobs that don’t require bachelor’s degrees (BAs). The majority of good jobs growth has gone to workers with associate's degrees or some college education.

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A Grand Bargain on Quality Assurance?

Change Magazine • September/October 2017, pgs. 66 - 70

November 13, 2017

Lays out a new federal policy framework for accreditation that would focus on student outcomes and allow for greater differentiation in accreditor engagement with institutions. It is designed to address the core federal interest in ensuring that billions of annual student and taxpayer dollars are spent on quality higher education programs that graduate most students with a valuable credential.

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How Competency-Based Education May Help Reduce Our Nation’s Toughest Inequities

November 8, 2017

This paper considers how CBE can be used to educate, equip, and empower learners who struggle in postsecondary learning programs because of who they are and where they live. Recommended starting points — places and programs — are provided throughout the paper to highlight where and how CBE providers can prioritize equity.

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Making College Affordable

Providing Low-Income Students with the Knowledge and Resources Needed to Pay for College

November 8, 2017

The report examines the numerous barriers preventing low-income students from enrolling and persisting in college, including concerns over high tuition and fees, lack of clarity on award amounts and duration, and a limited understanding of how financial aid works. "Making College Affordable" offers 11 best practices to institutions to help students pay for college and stay in school.

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