Closing Persistence Gaps for Part-time Students

Students aged 25 and above or who identify as Black, Indigenous, or Latino are more likely to pursue college part-time and are disproportionally affected by inequitable institutional policies. In its new report on closing persistence gaps, Complete College America highlights the following statistics:

The Gen Z Workforce: Addressing Mental Health and Well-being

The Mary Christie Institute, in partnership with the Healthy Minds Network, the American Association of Colleges and Universities, and the National Association for Colleges and Employers, have released a new report that provides insight into the mental health and well-being of the new Generation Z workforce. The report draws attention to how the work environment changed because of COVID-19 for this particular age group, and the resulting increase in mental distress.

The Impact of COVID-19 Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds

Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress passed three pieces of legislation that granted a total of $76 million to the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). The Department of Education recently released a report detailing how this money was spent as well as the impact these funds had on student success and helping colleges and universities stay financially afloat.

New Report Looks at Structural Barriers to Postdoctoral Scholar Success

A recent report from the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) found postdoctoral scholars are facing structural issues within their positions resulting in “some negative impact” on their personal and professional lives.

Can We Better Understand Supervisor Retention in Higher Education?

The College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) has released a new report that provides insight into employee retention in the field of higher education. The report explores variables contributing to employee retention such as working environment, maintaining a work-life balance, ability to advocate for peers and staff, challenges faced monetarily, and access to professional development opportunities.

Supporting Incarcerated Students With Second Chance Pell

The signing of the 2021 Consolidated Appropriations Act canceled the ban on access to Pell Grants for formerly or currently incarcerated adults. A new report from the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators looks at how to improve cross-sector collaboration and wrap-around services to help make this program a success.

Addressing College Enrollment Through Academic Preparation

A new report from the Brookings Institution Center on Children and Families examines how college enrollment is impacted by academic preparation, race, gender, and socioeconomic status.

Streamlining the Transfer of Credit Process

Highly mobile students (students who experience multiple entries or withdrawal points at one or multiple institutions) face degree completion barriers regarding the transfer and acceptance of credentials due to inconsistent institutional and state policies, according to a new report from Ithaka S+R.

The Equity/Excellence Imperative in Undergraduate Education

Title: The Equity/Excellence Imperative: A 2030 Blueprint for Undergraduate Education at U.S. Research Universities Author: The Boyer 2030 Commission Source: Association for Undergraduate Education at Research Universities Research institutions have long been known as places for transformative learning that contribute to the public good. With present societal challenges, research universities can position themselves as catalysts… Read more »

New Report Shows Student and Institutional Benefits of Emergency Grant Programs

The Heckscher Foundation for Children commissioned a study of the State University of New York (SUNY) Student Emergency Fund (SEF), a program designed to increase student persistence by “providing emergency aid to low-income students who are experiencing temporary setbacks.”

Guidelines for Continuing or Changing Campus Vaccine Requirements

The American College Health Association (ACHA) recently released a brief on what colleges and universities might consider when continuing or revising their campus vaccine requirements.

New Report Finds Pell Grant Increasingly Does Not Cover Cost of Public Higher Education

Students who receive Pell Grants regularly turn to public two- and four-year colleges and universities for affordable and accessible higher education. However, a new report from the National College Attainment Network (NCAN) found Pell Grant students are increasingly unable to afford public higher education institutions across the United States, with only 24 percent of four-year institutions and 40 percent of two-year institutions being considered affordable in the 2019-2020 academic year.