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.

Capacity Building for Shared Equity Leadership

Capacity building for shared equity leadership is an ongoing investment meant to support and develop a repertoire of knowledge, skills, and dispositions to collectively lead equity-minded change efforts.

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 »

Working Learners and Work Colleges: Innovating at the Intersection of Education and Life

For the 72 million Americans in the labor force who lack a postsecondary credential, learning at the intersection of education, work, and life responsibilities holds the key to a high-wage job in the global knowledge and technology economy. Louis Soares and Vickie Choitz look at how “work colleges” can serve as a model for colleges and universities considering how to better support these learners.

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.

Why Climate Action Is in Higher Education’s Best Interest

Taking a leadership role on finding solutions to the climate crisis is an important way universities can remind the public that higher education benefits all of society—not just those who earn a degree, writes CU Boulder Chancellor Philip DiStefano.

Annual Report on State Financial Aid Funding Released

The National Association of State Student Grant and Aid Programs (NASSGAP) recently released an annual survey report on state student aid programs. The report highlights how states are funding student financial aid by providing descriptive overviews of the amount of and types of aid given from 2020 to 2021.

Equitable Access and Student Success for Formerly Incarcerated Students

For this report, 26 stakeholders (including formerly incarcerated students, advocates for criminal justice reform, and research and policy organizations) were interviewed to discuss their experiences with the college admission, enrollment, and transition processes. The authors found that formerly incarcerated and system impacted students experience multiple barriers in their higher education journeys.