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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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Clearer Signals

Building an Employer-Led Job Registry for Talent Pipeline Management

August 25, 2017

A new report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation explores how technology and data standardization can help the business community transform the way in which it organizes and communicates hiring requirements for the jobs it relies on most to compete and grow.

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Charting New Paths to the Future

in the California Community Colleges

June 14, 2017

Report reveals how the California Community Colleges is transforming to prepare students for the future of work.

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Driving Postsecondary Success with Impact Investing

Executive Briefing Investment opportunities in the postsecondary access and success ecosystem

May 30, 2017

A "landscape scan" conducted by Avivar Capital found that continued innovation is needed to address persistent and emerging barriers to postsecondary access and attainment. Further, it found that there are capital gaps in advancing the postsecondary education revolution where foundations can play a catalytic role and where impact investing can help to advance promising solutions.

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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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