Students Placed At-Risk

Effects of a College Access Program for Youth Underrepresented in Higher Education: A Randomized Experiment

This study evaluates the EXCEL program, a college access program, which promotes underrepresented youth attending a higher education institution by guaranteeing a scholarship to a sponsoring university and providing various enrichment activities. Eighty-three eighth grade students with a GPA of B and above and standardized test scores at grade level or above were randomly assigned to attend EXCEL or to a control group. Results revealed that students involved in the program were not significantly more likely to attend college than students in the control group.

Enrollment, Persistence and Graduation of In-State Students at a Public Research University: Does High School Matter?

Analyses reported in this study found a positive relationship between SAT taking rates and college enrollment rates. The study also found that free and reduced price lunch and residing more than 60 miles away from a higher education institute were associated with lower rates of college enrollment.

Improving Academic Preparation for College

This paper reviews research and makes the case for a definition of academic preparation that includes academic rigor, grades, and specific academic skills that students will need to be successful in a college level course. The authors assert that though it may be difficult to measure, it is important to consider all of these aspects in defining readiness and in helping students meet a threshold of it.

Help Wanted: Projections of Jobs and Education Requirements Through 2018

This report is divided into five parts that present national forecasts of educational demand from 2008 through 2018 and provide economic context for the findings. These estimates are grounded in occupational and industry forecasts based on a macroeconomic model that generates a cohesive economic outlook for the economy over the next decade. The report demonstrates that projecting education and job requirements is technically feasible with a minimum amount of error.

Coalition for a College and Career Ready America: Guiding Principles

This policy brief outlines the policy agenda of the Coalition for a College and Career Ready America. The authors note that the coalition supports: high standards with supports for students, providing states and districts with access to quality data and technical assistance, recognizing the role of charter schools and high-quality models, turning around all low-performing schools, and aligning state and federal initiatives with these principals.

Building a Grad Nation Report: Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic

This resource from the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins discusses what progress is being made on a range of education reforms, policies, and practices that help ensure more students graduate from high school and ready for college and productive work. The authors talk about what is taking place at the national level and examine the challenges faced by different racial and ethnic groups.

Connecting College and Career Readiness Policy and Data: A Planning Tool for States

This resource from the Data Quality Campaign is a tool designed to help states identify critical policy questions for achieving education policy goals related to college and career readiness. The authors provide guiding questions to allow state policy makers to critically examine their state’s policy priorities. Once the questions have been answered, the tool then provides a template for an Action Plan to help guide the policy makers through to the next steps can be taken within their states.

The Undereducated American

This report from Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce analyzes wage and unemployment data in the United States. The authors discuss growing disparity in earnings between those with a college education and those without. They lay out the need for an additional 20 million postsecondary-educated workers and discuss the economic and wider repercussions such additions to the workforce would have on the entire society.


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