College: 4-year

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. 

A Path Forward: Game-Changing Reforms in Higher Education and the Implications for Business and Financing Models

This report describes the impact that various reform models - such as guided pathways, stackable credentials, and competency-based credentials - have on students' postsecondary outcomes as well as examples of how some states have been implementing these reform models. The report also discusses how technology and human systems in higher education inhibit transformative change while also presenting alternatives and solutions for addressing these barriers to change. Finally, the author presents policy recommendations that could accelerate the acceptance of the various reform models.

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.

Online Learning at Public Universities: Building a New Path to a College Degree

This report describes the findings of a survey regarding online post-secondary programs at public institutions. The survey participants consisted of the chief academic officers of public universities who are members of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). The survey was conducted by AASCU, in collaboration with The Learning House. The report provides a detailed analysis of the infrastructure, finances, marketing, programs offered, impact, and future directions for online programs at public post-secondary institutions.

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.

Tapping into Talent: Improving the Transition from School to Work

On February 26th, the U.S Chamber of Commerce Foundation and Young Invincibles hosted “Tapping into Talent: Improving the Transition from School to Work.”  As recent college graduates frequently struggle with finding a job and systematic improvements are needed to facilitate this transition, members of the business community, current students, recent graduates, education professionals and ot

CCRS Center Completes Accelerated Learning Webinar Series

Last month, the College and Career Readiness and Success (CCRS) Center and the American Youth Policy Forum, completed its three-part webinar series on accelerated learning, which built off of the information in the CCRS Center issue brief, Understanding Accelerated Learning Across Secondary and Postsecondary Education.

Dual Enrollment: The Role of Policy in Promoting Quality Pathways to Postsecondary Success

On February 13, 2014, the College and Career Readiness and Success Center and the American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) co-hosted the final installment of a three-part Webinar series on accelerated learning, “Dual Enrollment: The Role of Policy in Promoting Quality Pathways to Postsecondary Success.” The Webinar highlighted national trends, model policy components, and state experiences r


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