New Report Highlights How Institutions Are Supporting Post-completion Success for Latino Students

Post-completion success continues to be an important conversation point as colleges and universities work to support students of historically marginalized backgrounds through their postsecondary education. Excelencia in Education recently released a report to examine the post-completion success initiatives at seven Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs).

The Impact of the Second Chance Pell Initiative in Prisons

Five years after the Department of Education launched the Second Chance Pell Experimental Sites Initiative (SCP), data highlights the impact of expanding postsecondary education programs in state and federal prisons.

New Report Examines How U.S. Workers and Employers View Alternative Credentials

U.S. workers and employers increasingly recognize the value of alternative credentials, according to a new report by the Society for Human Resource Management. This research surveyed samples of 500 U.S. executives, 1,200 supervisors, 1,129 HR professionals, and 1,525 U.S. workers.

Report Looks at Impact of Emergency Micro-Grants on Student Success

The challenges higher education institutions face in retaining students and guiding them toward degree completion are well documented, with many institutions providing resources, staffing, and services dedicated to ensuring a smooth path to completion. Ithaka S+R recently released a report analyzing a retention grant program designed to provide emergency financial aid to students with an immediate need.

Insights From Community College Leaders on Recruiting, Enrolling, and Supporting Students During COVID-19 and Beyond

A new report offers insights about community and technical colleges’ priorities and opportunities during and after the continued COVID-19 pandemic, focusing particularly on the recruitment, enrollment, and completion of students at these institutions.

Helping Students Explore Transfer: How Phi Theta Kappa’s Transfer Honor Roll Can Help

Earning a bachelor’s degree is not as straightforward as it used to be. As the possible pathways have opened up, students need more intentional transfer policies to guide them through.

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.