Policy: State

Role of Transfer Students in Meeting College Completion

This presentation to the Maryland Senate Education, Business and Administration Subcommittee and the House Education and Economic Development Subcommittee shows the steady decline in first-time full-time (“FT/FT”) college students as largely due to the rise of transfer students. A series of graphic exhibits illustrates data on transfer students, including rates of graduation, degree and credit transfers, as well as income statistics. The research presented supports state legislation to improve the success rates of transfer students at four-year institutions.

Report from California Community College Baccalaureate Degree Study Group

The state of California is considering extending bachelor degree pathways to, and across, community colleges. A study group of constituents across the system of California universities has been assembled to determine the pros and cons of this debated model. This report outlines the agenda of the study group, including the research consulted, topics covered, and summary of recommendations to the Chancellor’s Office and the Board of Governors. 

Improving Outcomes for Traditionally Underserved Students Through Early College High Schools

This policy brief explores how Early College High Schools increase high school graduation rates and postsecondary enrollment to improve outcomes for traditionally undeserved students. The brief provides an overview of Early College High Schools and also presents research that provides evidence of the positive impact Early College High Schools have on student outcomes. The brief also includes recommendations for model policy components that policymakers should consider when implementing Early College High Schools as well state examples.

CCRS Center Launches “Research to Practice” Blog Series

Starting next month, the College and Career Readiness and Success (CCRS) Center will be launching a new blog series that will make connections between recent policy conversations to research conducted by the Regional Educational Laboratories (RELs). Each month, CCRS Center staff will highlight the latest REL research on college and career readiness topics.

Progress: Teachers, Leaders, and Students Transforming Education

The U.S. Department of Education has released a blog, Progress: Teachers, Leaders and Students Transforming Education, which highlights promising practices, lessons learned, and resources related to implementing K-12 reforms. The blog was developed to provide educators, parents, leaders, and stakeholders with information on how state and local K-12 leaders across the country are implementing education reforms.

CTE Dual Enrollment: A Strategy for College Completion and Workforce Investment

This policy brief provides an argument for the expansion of current dual enrollment programs--particularly those in CTE--and recommends four policy objectives that states should consider to ensure that dual enrollment programs are adequately implemented, maintained, and scaled up to meet student needs. The authors highlight increased graduation rates and post-secondary enrollment among dual enrollment CTE students as a key indicator of the value of these programs.

CTE Dual Enrollment: A Strategy for College Completion and Workforce Investment

While the term “dual enrollment” may conjure up the image of high school overachievers taking academically-oriented college courses, state policies and data make it clear that this image doesn’t reflect the reality of hundreds of thousands of students enrolled in career and technical education (CTE) coursework for dual credit.


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