Community Insights: 15 to Finish, Or One More Course?

In their third “Community Insights” report, Civitas Learning examines persistence among part-time students and the gap in persistence rates between part-time and full-time students. The brief also provides examples of what institutions successfully working to close these gaps are doing to support their part-time students.

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

The report found that while Pell eligibility does not necessarily increase or change the likelihood of a student choosing to go to college or not, relatively small additional grant aid at college entry substantially increases college completion and earnings.

GAO Report: Students Need More Information to Help Reduce Challenges in Transferring College Credits

Between 2004 and 2009, over 1/3 of all college students transferred at least once, and that in the act of transferring, they lost around 43 percent of their previously accumulated credits on average, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

After Decades of Pushing Bachelor’s Degrees, U.S. Needs More Tradespeople

A recent news article by Matt Krupnick of the Hechinger Report focuses on the need for more tradespeople, occupations that are increasingly in high demand.

Who Does Work Work for? Understanding Equity in Learner College and Career Success

ACT’s Center for Equity in Learning recently released a report on working learners, Who Does Work Work For? Understanding Equity in Learner College and Career Success.

The Biggest Misconception About Today’s College Students

In a recent op-ed in The New York Times, president of LaGuardia Community College and ACE Board Member Gail O. Mellow offered her perspective on today’s college students. Namely, they aren’t who you think they are, and the higher education community could help remove barriers to their success by realizing that.

Competency Frameworks: Blueprints for Strong Learning Structures

A recent blog post from the Lumina Foundation discusses how frameworks act as blueprints to ensure all credentials are of high quality.

The Impact of Year-Round Pell Grants on Academic and Employment Outcomes of Community College Students

Year-round Pell Grants were recently reinstated, having previously been implemented for academic years 2009-2010 and 2010-11. A timely working paper released by the Community College Research Center at Columbia University examines the effect of year-round Pell Grants on the likelihood of completing an associate degree.

New Evidence on Integrated Career Pathways

The Urban Institute, in partnership with The George Washington University, recently released an impact analysis of the Accelerating Opportunity (AO) initiative across four states. The program, created by Jobs for the Future, helps students and adults enroll in integrated career pathway programs at community and technical colleges.

Understanding Foster, Juvenile Justice and Crossover Youth

The American Youth Policy Forum recently released their Understand Foster, Juvenile Justice, and Crossover Youth microsite and blog series, which aim to increase understanding of the barriers these populations face.

A Federal-State Partnership for True College Affordability

A Federal-State Partnership for True College Affordability, a recent report by the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) with support from the Lumina Foundation, estimates the cost of college affordability for traditional and non-traditional students.

The Potential of Degree Reclamation

In 2015, more than 35 million Americans aged 25 and older had completed some college but had not completed a degree. A recent report by the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), examines how two degree-reclamation initiatives, Project Win-Win and Credit When It’s Due, can be scaled up to the national level.