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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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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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The Transfer Maze in California

The High Cost to Students and the State of California

September 8, 2017

California’s community college students face unnecessary barriers on the path to a four-year degree, including confusing and competing policies that result in a small share of students actually transferring to California State University or the University of California, says this report from the Campaign for College Opportunity. The study includes three key recommendations for clearing the transfer maze.

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Hidden in Plain Sight

Understanding Part-Time College Students in America

September 6, 2017

Part-time students make up nearly 40 percent of those attending college, yet their graduation rates fall far below those of their full-time peers. A report from the Center for American Progress details what is known about part-time students and their experiences, and explores what still needs to be learned to help them persist on the road to a college credential.

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The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2017

National report from ACT

September 4, 2017

Underserved students lag far behind their peers when it comes to college and career readiness, and the more underserved characteristics that students possess, the less likely they are to be ready, according to the latest ACT score results.

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Focus magazine, Summer 2017: Real-life learning

Competency-based programs are helping redefine the postsecondary landscape

September 1, 2017

Summer 2017 issue of Focus shines a light on postsecondary institutions that are going all-in on designing programs that are fully competency-based from the ground up. The stories in this issue shows how powerful such an approach can be, especially for students from varied backgrounds and with a wide array of learning needs.

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Building Blocks

Laying the Groundwork for Guided Pathways Reform in Ohio

August 31, 2017

This report from the Community College Research Center describes how Ohio’s two-year colleges are approaching guided pathways reforms, with highlights on innovations that schools have implemented as foundational building blocks to transform their policies, practices, and culture.

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