How Professional Learning Can Affect Equity

Every Learner Everywhere has released a new report in tandem with Achieving the Dream and the Online Learning Consortium that provides insight into four key questions about the use of professional learning to serve racially minoritized and poverty-affected students.

The Impact of FAFSA Completion on Pell Grant Funds

The National College Attainment Network (NCAN) has released data on Pell Grant distribution based on the number of high school graduates who had completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Over $3.6 billion of funding was left unallocated during 2022.

New Report Looks at How Enrolling Student Veterans Can Benefit Higher Education Institutions

A new report from the George W. Bush Institute’s Stand-To Veteran Higher Education Task Force recently released a report focuses on the often-underestimated returns that institutions of higher education receive by enrolling student veterans.

New Report Highlights Black Students’ Experiences and Challenges in Completing a College Degree or Certificate

Of all racial and ethnic identity groups in the U.S. student population, Black students are the least likely to complete a degree or certificate program within six years, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center (2022). In response, Gallup and the Lumina Foundation developed a report on the systemic and institutional challenges Black students face in their pursuit of higher education.

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.