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New England Board of Higher Education

Report of the New England Commission on the Future of Higher Education in Prison

June 2023
The New England Commission on the Future of Higher Education in Prison was formed with the goal of working to ensure that every incarcerated person in New England has access to high-quality, workforce-aligned equitable postsecondary opportunities with a wide range of educational pathways. With the restoration of Pell Grants for incarcerated learners occurring July 1, this report speaks to how such aims can be achieved.
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Institute for Evidence-Based Change

Implementing Caring Campus: Strategies College Presidents Use to Improve Culture and Support Reform

May 2023
Developed by the Institute for Evidence-Based Change, Caring Campus is a reform effort based on research that shows students who feel connected to their college are more likely to persist from semester to semester and complete their academic goals. This report highlights the role of college presidents in supporting campus culture and offers guidance for leaders at other institutions as they consider how best to institute Caring Campus and other culture-focused reforms.
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Academic Intelligence

Learner Mobility and Transfer in Higher Ed

May 2023
According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, it’s estimated that transfer students lose 43% of their credits when they move to a new institution. In this podcast episode, Michael Horn and Jeff Selingo speak to Greg Washington, president of George Mason University, about university programs that support learner mobility, especially for transfer students. These programs show promise as they make it easier for learners to keep prior-earned credits and integrate into their new institution.
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Aspen Institute

The 2023 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence

April 2023
The Aspen Prize recognizes the transformative power of community colleges by honoring institutions with outstanding student outcomes. The winners and finalists for 2023 offer lessons on what’s possible when a college commits to delivering on its promises, both to students and the broader community.
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RAND Corporation

States Can Take Steps to Address Potential Barriers to Equity in Stackable Credential Pipelines

April 2023
To ensure that stackable credentials are advancing equity, states and institutions can take actions to scale initiatives in ways that ensure learners from low-income backgrounds have access to and succeed in these pathways. A new research brief offers insights and recommendations for stakeholders based on a study of potential barriers within stackable credential pipelines.
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RAND Corporation

Do Low-Income Students Benefit from Stacking Credentials? Descriptive Evidence from Colorado and Ohio

April 2023
Stackable credential programs may be especially helpful for learners from historically underserved communities as they provide greater flexibility to pursue postsecondary education and workforce training. Using data from Colorado and Ohio, this research brief details the differences in credential-stacking and labor market returns from stacking for learners from low-income backgrounds versus middle- and high-income learners.
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RAND Corporation

Stackable Credential Pipelines and Equity for Low-Income Individuals: Evidence from Colorado and Ohio

April 2023
The ability for learners to “stack” short-term credentials in order to gain specific skills needed for in-demand jobs is a strategy gaining momentum around the country. This report features findings from two states pursuing stackable credential initiatives. It details what they’ve learned from analyzing administrative data to describe patterns in credential-stacking and earnings for learners from low-income backgrounds relative to middle- and high-income learners.
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MDRC

From Degrees to Dollars: Six-Year Findings from the ASAP Ohio Demonstration

April 2023
This brief shares college attainment and employment outcomes for learners six years after the implementation of the Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) model at three community colleges in Ohio. Based closely on City University of New York’s ASAP program, the Ohio program boosted participants’ earnings and graduation rates, raising attainment of both associate and bachelor’s degrees.
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Rural Matters

Advancing Rural Communities Through Apprenticeships and a Stronger Public-Sector Workforce (Part IV)

April 2023
The fourth and final episode in a podcast series features representatives from Reach University and The Council of State Governments. Each shares thoughts on the potential for apprenticeship programs to help fill jobs in rural America and what their organizations are doing to connect learners in rural communities to high-quality jobs.
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2022 Education Philanthropy Report: Meeting the Moment

April 2023
This year’s report is all about overcoming the challenges presented by our changing world. Inside, you’ll read about the tremendous efforts of our grant partners to improve postsecondary education and workforce training systems so that learners from low-income backgrounds can succeed beyond high school.
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Academic Intelligence

Higher Ed’s Role in Growing Economies

April 2023
In this podcast episode, Michael Horn and Jeff Selingo speak to Brēyana Ray of the Center on Rural Innovation (CORI). Brēyana talks about CORI’s work in rural communities to build tech ecosystems and bring awareness to these good jobs. When rural learners stay in their region and take advantage of local postsecondary education and training opportunities, they can achieve upward mobility within the growing digital economy.
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New America

When Community Colleges Offer a Bachelor’s Degree: A Literature Review on Student Access and Outcomes

March 2023
State policymakers are increasingly allowing community colleges to offer bachelor's degrees in order to meet growing demand for credentials in high-demand and applied fields. This report synthesizes research about such programs’ ability to improve student access and outcomes.
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