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Thinking “Beyond the Box”

The use of criminal records in college admissions

September 28, 2017

Inquiries into a student’s criminal history on college applications may pose a significant barrier to enrollment, says a report from the Brookings Institution. At the same time, colleges and universities need to balance issues of college access against legitimate campus safety and liability concerns, the report states.

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Single Mothers in College

Growing Enrollment, Financial Challenges, and the Benefits of Attainment

September 26, 2017

Nearly 2.1 million students, or 11 percent of all undergraduates, are single mothers, the majority of whom are women of color. Close to half, or 44 percent, attend community college. Of those attending community college, 43 percent say that they are likely to drop out because of financial obstacles and struggles to balance caring for their family with school obligations, says this report from Institute for Women’s Policy Research. The study also provides suggestions to promote single mothers’ college success and degree completion.

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Ending DACA Program for Young Undocumented Immigrants Makes No Economic Sense

September 26, 2017

Rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is likely to deprive the economy of valued workers, according to a report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. The study suggests that the program’s termination will result in lost tax revenues, worsening government finances, and a waste of taxpayer dollars on costly and counterproductive immigration enforcement.

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Projections of Education Statistics to 2025

Forty-fourth Edition

September 25, 2017

A report from the National Center for Education Statistics shows enrollment in American postsecondary institutions is expected to increase 15 percent from 2014 to 2025, with larger proportional increases among adult than traditional-age students, women than men, graduate students than undergraduates, and minority students than white students.

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What Happens to Students Who Take Community College “Dual Enrollment” Courses in High School?

September 22, 2017

A report from the Community College Research Center suggests that dual-enrollment students are more likely to graduate college and to do so sooner. But just taking college courses, especially for low-income students, isn’t enough, the study notes.

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Major Influence

Where Students Get Advice On What to Study in College

September 21, 2017

Students’ chosen fields of study have important implications for their livelihoods, but little is known about how and why students actually select certain majors. This report from Gallup and Strada Education Network explores one aspect of how individuals choose a field to study, which sources provide advice to students, and how helpful students perceive that advice to be.

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A Principled Federal Role in Higher Education

September 18, 2017

A new research brief from the Urban Institute outlines perspectives by nationally respected scholars and experts regarding some of the most critical issues in higher education, along with recommendations on evidence-based policy solutions. The goal of the report is to offer a framework for what it calls a “principled approach” to the federal role in higher education.

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ProPelled: The Effects of Grants On Graduation, Earnings, and Welfare

The Effects of Grants on Graduation, Earnings, and Welfare

September 17, 2017

We estimate the effect of grant aid on poor college students’ attainment and earnings using student-level administrative data from four-year public colleges in Texas. To identify these effects, we exploit a discontinuity in grant generosity as a function of family income. Eligibility for the maximum Pell Grant significantly increases degree receipt and earnings beginning four years after entry.

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Identifying Predictors of Credential Completion Among Beginning Community College Students

September 15, 2017

Each year, millions of students enter community colleges looking to earn a credential or degree. A new research brief from Hobsons and the American Council on Education provides recommended approaches for institutions to assess a student’s likelihood of success, as well as recommendations to encourage credential attainment.

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Adult Training and Education

Results from the National Household Education Surveys Program of 2016

September 12, 2017

More than one-quarter of Americans hold a non-degree credential such as a certificate or an occupational license or certification, according to new data from the National Center for Education Statistics. And, 21 percent have completed a work experience program such as an internship, residency, or apprenticeship, the report says.

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