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1 Providing more cash for college: Interim findings from the performance-based scholarship demonstration in California

Richburg-Hayes, L., Patel, R., Brock, T., de la Campa, E., Rudd, T., & Valenzuela, I. | 2015

Despite federal and state programs designed to ensure more equitable access to postsecondary education, policymakers and education leaders continue to struggle with how to increase postsecondary attendance and completion rates as the number of college graduates continually fail to meet demand. This June 2015 report from MDRC presents early findings from an evaluation of performance-based scholarships targeting college-bound high school seniors in California, a program called Cash for College Performance-Based Scholarship (CFC-PBS) Demonstration. In order (...) Read More

Topic: College Success/Higher Ed Issues, Paying for College, Underserved Students/Special Populations, (...) More Topics | Keywords: Borrowing/Loans/Debt/Default, Community College, Federal Policy, (...) More Keywords

2 Using workforce information for degree program planning in Texas

Goldman, C. A., Butterfield, L., Lavery, D., Miller, T., Daugherty, L., Beleche, T., & Han, B. | 2015

In an effort to better align higher education and workforce needs, the Texas legislature passed HB 1296 in May 2013, which requires the Texas Education Agency to report to students in public schools about needs in institutions of higher education and the state’s workforce. This legislation also stipulates that the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Texas Workforce Commission collaborate to publish information on the state’s future workforce needs to guide decisions regarding postsecondary (...) Read More

Topic: College Readiness/pre-K-12 Issues, College Success/Higher Ed Issues, Using Data/Evaluation, (...) More Topics | Keywords: Community College, Data-Driven Decision Making/Conducting Evaluation, Four-Year College, (...) More Keywords

3 Leading in an era of change: On the ground: How districts and schools can make the most of Course Access

Foundation for Excellence in Education | 2015

Some states have implemented Course Access policies, which allow public school students to choose from a wider selection of quality courses across learning environments in order to meet the unique needs of students, schools, and districts. This July 2015 report from the Foundation for Excellence in Education builds on their previous report Leading in an Era of Change: Making the Most of Course Access Programs to discuss district implementation of Course Access. This paper includes (...) Read More

Topic: College Readiness/pre-K-12 Issues, College Success/Higher Ed Issues | Keywords: Curriculum/Rigor/Course-taking, Dual Enrollment/Accelerated Learning (e.g. AP, IB, Early College, Tech Prep), High School/HS Reform

4 Enhancing GED instruction to prepare students for college and careers: Early success in Laguardia Community College's Bridge to Health and Business program

Martin, V., & Broadus, J. | 2014

Although most high school dropouts continue their education, many who enroll in General Education Development (GED) programs do not pass the exam. For those that do pass the, the GED often marks the end of their formal education. This May 2013 issue brief from MDRC describes findings of a study conducted of LaGuardia Community College of the City University of New York (CUNY)'s GED Bridge to Health and Business program. This program has been designed (...) Read More

Topic: College Success/Higher Ed Issues, Underserved Students/Special Populations, Policy/P-16 Alignment | Keywords: Adult, Assessment, Community College

5 Conceptual and methodological problems in research on college undermatch

Bastedo, M.N., & Flaster, A. | 2014

Students from low socioeconomic status do not have equal access to the nation’s most selective colleges, partly because low-income students undermatch by attending less selective colleges than their academic achievement indicates. This March 2014 essay discusses the implications of 3 assumptions regarding the undermatching issue for future research on college choice and stratification.

Topic: College Readiness/pre-K-12 Issues, Underserved Students/Special Populations, College Access Programs | Keywords: College Access Program/Resource Center, Early Awareness/College Knowledge/College Planning, Low-income

6 Minority-serving institutions: Doing more with less

Cunningham, A., Park, E., & Engle, J. | 2014

Obtaining a college degree is critical to improving the economic and social well-being of our nation’s citizens, especially for those low income and minority populations living in underserved communities. This February 2014 brief from the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) provides new and updated data on minority-serving institutions (MSIs), the students they serve, the fiscal challenges they face, and the efforts of several to improve the educational experiences and outcomes of their students. MSIs (...) Read More

Topic: College Success/Higher Ed Issues, Using Data/Evaluation, Underserved Students/Special Populations, (...) More Topics | Keywords: College Access Program/Resource Center, Data Systems, First Generation College Students, (...) More Keywords

7 Postsecondary institutions and cost of attendance in 2013-14; degrees and other awards conferred, 2012-13; and 12-month enrollment, 2012-13: First look (provisional data)

Ginder, S.A., Kelly-Reid, J.E., & Mann, F.B. | 2014

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary federal entity for collecting, analyzing, and reporting data related to the condition of education in the United States and other nations. This July 2014 First Look report from NCES provides users with an opportunity to access the data of the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) regarding the cost of attendance in U.S. postsecondary institutions, the number of degrees and certificates awarded by degree type, (...) Read More

Topic: College Success/Higher Ed Issues, Paying for College, Policy/P-16 Alignment | Keywords: Affordability/College Costs, Assessment, Federal Policy, (...) More Keywords

8 Participation and pass rates for college preparatory transition courses in Kentucky

Mokher, C. | 2014

In response to growing concerns about college readiness, the Kentucky legislature revised the state’s assessment and accountability system in an effort to increase the number of students who are ready for college when they graduate. The Kentucky Department of Education and the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education responded by redefining college and career readiness, articulating objectives and outcomes to measure progress, and establishing pathways to achieve those objectives. This March 2014 study from the U.S. (...) Read More

Topic: College Readiness/pre-K-12 Issues, College Success/Higher Ed Issues, Using Data/Evaluation, (...) More Topics | Keywords: Academic Support - K-12 (e.g. Tutoring, Test Prep), Accreditation/Accountability, Assessment, (...) More Keywords

9 The missing “one-offs”: The hidden supply of high-achieving, low-income students

Hoxby, C., & Avery, C. | 2013

A vast majority of high-achieving students from low-income families do not apply to a selective college or university even though financial aid available to these students would make the cost of attendance affordable. This 2013 report from the Bookings Institute demonstrates that low-income high achievers' application behavior differs greatly from that of their high-income counterparts with similar achievement. Low-income students who do not apply in a similar way to their high-income peers (despite being intelligent, (...) Read More

Topic: College Readiness/pre-K-12 Issues, Using Data/Evaluation, Underserved Students/Special Populations, (...) More Topics | Keywords: College Access Program/Resource Center, Data Systems, Early Awareness/College Knowledge/College Planning, (...) More Keywords

10 Evaluation toolkit

Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education & Pathways to College Network | 2013

The Evaluation Toolkit is designed for professionals who work with college outreach programs that are interested in conducting small scale, high quality evaluations of their programs. Program evaluation should help determine the effectiveness of program practices and generate recommendations for program improvement, refinement, and success. This is particularly important in the era of accountability where funding is often tied to results.

Topic: Underserved Students/Special Populations, College Access Programs | Keywords: College Access Program/Resource Center, Low-income, Minority/Race/Ethnicity

11 Not yet sold: What employers and community college students think about online education

Public Agenda, & Kresge Foundation | 2013

Access to online education is increasing as colleges and universities continue to add hybrid and fully online courses to their list of course offerings. This September 2013 research brief from Public Agenda and The Kresge Foundation examines the experiences and perspectives of employers and community college students directly affected by online learning. While employers say online learning requires the same level of discipline as learning in traditional classrooms, 4 in 10 believe students learn less (...) Read More

Topic: College Success/Higher Ed Issues | Keywords: Community College, Distance Learning

12 Closing the door, increasing the gap: Who's not going to (community) college?

Rhoades, G. | 2012

Across our nation, community colleges are closing their doors, deferring the dreams of more than 400,000 prospective students. It is a retreat from America’s commitment to expand college access and success happening, ironically, at the very moment that our nation’s leaders say we need more, not fewer, people with post-secondary education. It is a retreat that threatens our nation’s future. This report, the first by The Center for the Future of Higher Education, analyzes recent (...) Read More

Topic: College Success/Higher Ed Issues, Underserved Students/Special Populations, Near Completion, (...) More Topics | Keywords: Articulation and Transfer, Community College, Enrollment Patterns (e.g. Part-time, Stopouts, 'Swirling'), (...) More Keywords

13 Simplifying student aid: What it would mean for states

Baum, S., Little, K., Ma, J., & Sturtevant, A. | 2012

In order to examine the potential impact of FAFSA simplification on state grant programs, the College Board, guided by an advisory committee of professionals who have in-depth knowledge of financial aid and state grant policy, selected five states with which to collaborate on the study — Kentucky, Minnesota, Ohio, Texas and Vermont. These states were selected because of their commitment to need-based grant aid, their interest in a simpler student aid system, and their comprehensive (...) Read More

Topic: College Success/Higher Ed Issues, Paying for College, Policy/P-16 Alignment | Keywords: Affordability/College Costs, Borrowing/Loans/Debt/Default, Financial Aid - Policy, (...) More Keywords

14 Stopped short: 2.1 Million adults in Florida went to college but didn't finish

Florida College Access Network | 2012

A group gaining considerable attention and increasingly recognized as essential to raising postsecondary degree attainment is working-aged adults (aged 25-64) who went to college and earned college credit, but left without finishing a degree. According to 2010 U.S. Census data, more than 2.1-million Florida residents, not currently enrolled in a postsecondary institution, reported having “some college credit” representing 21.8-percent of the Florida working-age population. In fact, further investigation into institutional data shows that, between 2008 (...) Read More

Topic: College Success/Higher Ed Issues, Underserved Students/Special Populations | Keywords: Adult, Persistence/Retention/Attrition

15 From capacity to success: HSIs and Latino student success through Title V

Excelencia in Education | 2012

Latinos are the second largest student population enrolled in higher education and the majority are concentrated in a small number of institutions—Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs). Given the concentrated enrollment of Latinos at HSIs and the opportunity to increase Latinos’ educational achievement, reviewing the link between capacity building, academic quality and student success for the Title V Developing HSIs program can inform more critical policy discussions of access to a quality education and ensuring college completion for (...) Read More

Topic: College Success/Higher Ed Issues, Underserved Students/Special Populations | Keywords: Latino/Hispanic, Low-income, Minority-serving Institutions, (...) More Keywords

16 Working to my potential: The postsecondary experiences of CPS students in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

Coca, V., Johnson, D., Kelley-Kemple, T., Roderdick, M., Moeller, E., Williams, N., & Moragne, K. | 2012

In 1997, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced its plan to open thirteen International Baccalaureate Diploma Programs (IBDP) in neighborhood high schools across the district. Three-quarters of the students attending IBDP schools were African American or Latino, and most were first-generation college students from neighborhoods of typical affluence. This March 2012 report from the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research (CCSR) analyzes the postsecondary outcomes of program participants graduating between 2003 and 2007. Researchers (...) Read More

Topic: College Readiness/pre-K-12 Issues, College Success/Higher Ed Issues, Underserved Students/Special Populations | Keywords: African American/Black, Dual Enrollment/Accelerated Learning (e.g. AP, IB, Early College, Tech Prep), Latino/Hispanic, (...) More Keywords

17 Access to the future: Preparing college students with disabilities for careers

Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology, University of Washington | 2012

This publication is designed to help career services, internship, cooperative education, service learning, and other work-based learning offices better serve students with disabilities in their programs and work experience opportunities.

Topic: College Readiness/pre-K-12 Issues, Underserved Students/Special Populations, College Access Programs | Keywords: Career Assessment/Exploration, Preparation/College-readiness, Students with Disabilities

18 Preparing students for college

College Board | 2012

This webpage offers a list of steps students can take to prepare themselves for college.

Topic: College Readiness/pre-K-12 Issues, College Access Programs | Keywords: College Access Program/Resource Center, Early Awareness/College Knowledge/College Planning

19 Kids2College

Sallie Mae | 2012

Kids2College is a unique program that uses the prism of career aspirations to expose low-income and minority sixth-grade students to the value and accessibility of a higher education. It is the only free, national program that engages local colleges for a memorable introduction to college.

Topic: College Readiness/pre-K-12 Issues, Underserved Students/Special Populations, College Access Programs | Keywords: Academic Support - K-12 (e.g. Tutoring, Test Prep), College Access Program/Resource Center, Early Awareness/College Knowledge/College Planning, (...) More Keywords

20 Which students to serve? Universal or targeted eligibility for postsecondary opportunity programs

Vaade, E., & McCready, B. | 2011

Dramatic changes in the higher education landscape and the recent recession have intensified the challenges students face in postsecondary enrollment and completion. In response, some states, communities, and institutions have developed postsecondary opportunity programs (POPs)—comprehensive college access and success programs offering a combination of funding and support services. POPs have the potential to transform students’ educational careers as well as enhance their future success; therefore, the decision of who will be eligible to access these (...) Read More

Topic: College Readiness/pre-K-12 Issues, College Success/Higher Ed Issues, Underserved Students/Special Populations, (...) More Topics | Keywords: Academic Support - K-12 (e.g. Tutoring, Test Prep), Admission, High School/HS Reform, (...) More Keywords

21 Ready by 21 case study: Austin, TX

Forum for Youth Investment | 2011

This is a story about how a community built a state-of-the-art online tool to map and track youth services. Community leaders in Austin are using this tool to improve services and make them more accessible to families in need. The Ready by 21™ set of strategies, tools and technical assistance – designed by the Forum for Youth Investment to build leader capacity – helped Austin leaders create and use the tool to enable all youth (...) Read More

Topic: College Readiness/pre-K-12 Issues | Keywords: Expanded Learning Time (e.g. After School or Summer Programs, or Extended Day or Year Calendars), Guidance Counselors, High School/HS Reform, (...) More Keywords

22 College access marketing: Going to college

Tremblay, C.W. | 2011

College access marketing (CAM) is a relatively new phenomenon that seeks to positively influence the college-going rate. This report defines CAM describes CAM examples, and discusses how CAM seeks to counter barriers to college. It explores four main elements of CAM: information, marketing, advocacy, and social mobilization, Further, it identifies themes among the CAM literature that illustrate its value. It explains CAM's role in supporting access to higher education, discusses the shortcomings of the literature (...) Read More

Topic: College Readiness/pre-K-12 Issues, College Access Programs | Keywords: Academic Support - K-12 (e.g. Tutoring, Test Prep), College Access Program/Resource Center

23 College and university commitments to student access and success: An overview of institutional postsecondary opportunity programs

Vaade, E.S. | 2010

The federal and state governments are placing greater emphasis on postsecondary attainment while concerns about rising college costs for students and families surge. Both groups are calling on institutions to do more to help improve student access and achievement rates. Further, recent research and policy have put pressure on institutions to admit more students (particularly those from underrepresented groups), address rising tuition, and help students persist to completion. The recession has also led institutions to (...) Read More

Topic: College Readiness/pre-K-12 Issues, College Success/Higher Ed Issues, Paying for College, (...) More Topics | Keywords: Accreditation/Accountability, Affordability/College Costs, Persistence/Retention/Attrition

24 New approaches to improving college access, persistence, and success: Three exemplary postsecondary opportunity programs

Vaade, E.S., Connery, J.E., & McCready, B. | 2010

Summary Many factors prevent individuals—underrepresented students in particular—from enrolling in college and pursuing a postsecondary degree. As a result, admissions applications, enrollments, and graduation rates fall short of desired levels, and this deficit impairs economic and community viability. This problem is especially pressing in the Midwest, where lagging economies and low degree attainment rates hinder community development efforts. In response, concerned stakeholders throughout the region have established postsecondary opportunity programs (POPs)—state, county, municipal, institutional, and (...) Read More

Topic: College Success/Higher Ed Issues | Keywords: Persistence/Retention/Attrition

25 Building an early childhood professional development system

National Governors Association | 2010

State policies around early childhood preparation and professional development often reflect the fragmented early childhood system itself, which depends on multiple state and federal funding streams and spans multiple types of programs, including home- and center-based child care, Head Start and Early Head Start, and state-funded prekindergarten. Although initiatives directed toward improving overall program quality are emerging across the country, many states continue to struggle with the development of an early childhood professional development system (...) Read More

Topic: College Readiness/pre-K-12 Issues, College Access Programs | Keywords: Academic Support - K-12 (e.g. Tutoring, Test Prep), Mentoring/Personalized Support

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