Empowering and Supporting Single Mothers in Higher Education

Over the past two years, the Education Design Lab, in partnership with the ECMC Foundation, piloted the Single Moms Success Design Challenge. This challenge focuses on increasing postsecondary degree attainment rates 30 percent by 2024 for single mother learners at four community colleges around the country.

Admissions Lotteries Can Contribute to Inequity and Challenges for Students of Color, Low-Income Students, and Men

A new report analyzes how lotteries with minimum thresholds for grade-point averages (GPAs) and standardized test scores do not lead to increased access and more equitable outcomes, especially for students of color, low-income students, and men.

Smith College Replaces Student Loans With Grants, Making Access and Equity a Priority

Beginning in fall 2022, Smith College will replace federal loans with institutional grants for all current and future undergraduates. Smith President Kathleen McCartney explains the three reasons that drove this decision.

Exploring the Paradox: New Report Analyzes Equity Gaps in Credit Completion for Adult Learners

The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) recently released a new brief that investigated the gaps in equity surrounding prior learning assessment/credit for prior learning (PLA/CPL) for Black and lower-income adult students’ credential completion.

How Centering Learner Success Helped Us Face a Year in Flux

While launching a new program requires a great deal of thinking and planning, few would have imagined the sudden emergence of the global pandemic that upended all our well laid plans in 2020 and 2021. Fortunately, the inaugural cohort of the ACE Learner Success Lab (LSL) not only pivoted successfully to a virtual environment, but learned to collaborate and thrive.

New Report Finds That More Education Doesn’t Necessarily Mean Higher Earnings

Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce recently released a report demonstrating more education does not always mean higher earnings for graduates.

New Research Offers a Framework for Supporting the Mental Health Needs of Student Parents

With over 20 percent of total undergraduate students identifying as student parents, new research from the JED Foundation and Ascend at the Aspen Institute offers specific recommendations for supporting these individuals in their academic pursuits.

Exposing the Gap: Addressing Funding Disparities for HBCUs

The Century Foundation recently released a report that draws attention to the historical and systemic lineage of public underfunding for historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

New Report Finds Students May Not View ‘Test Optional’ as Optional

In a recent report, the Common App highlighted the shift in test score reporting rates and the variance across communities and student subgroups.

Brief Highlights Value of Building Multifaceted Student Support Programs

A new brief from MRDC discusses the value of multifaceted student support programs to address college completion barriers and improve graduation rates.

Veterans Need Colleges to Keep Some Pandemic-Driven Changes

The flexibility that colleges and universities introduced during the pandemic provided an unexpected benefit for student veterans that shouldn’t be thrown out if and when the world can go back to normal, write Warrior-Scholar Project CEO Ryan Pavel and Amy Bernard of the Bush Institute. 

Virtual Learning Can Be a Gateway to Increasing Equity in Higher Education

Much remains uncertain about what the fall 2021 semester will bring, but it’s increasingly obvious that expanded online offerings will be a welcome development—both now and for many years to come. Read more from Joseph I. Castro, chancellor of The California State University.