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College Completion Agenda State Policy Guide

Each of the commission’s recommendations is the focus of a chapter in the State Policy Guide. The ten recommendations are:
 

Monday, June 28, 2010
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The College Board and the National Conference of State Legislatures joined together to produce a practical policy guide for state legislators to pursue each of the Commission on Access, Admissions and Success in Higher Education's recommendations. The guide acts as a road map toward increasing the number of Americans who attain a postsecondary degree and empowering legislators to be an even more positive and active force in education reform.

Improving College Completion - Gathering Information: Tips for Legislators

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  • How many adults in the state have a postsecondary credential or degree?
  • How many students are placed into remedial courses and how do they perform in those courses? How many remedial students complete a degree?
  • How successful are students in first-year, introductory courses (also known as gateway courses)?
  • Do institutions in the state administer exit surveys to track the reasons students drop out? If so, what are the main reasons?
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
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State legislators are in a prime position to help increase college completion. They have the power to enact effective policies that can increase the number of students who earn a certificate or degree. Before developing policies, however, legislators will want to know exactly what the problems are in their state. This guide provides some tips for gathering essential information and data related to college completion.
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Are They Really Ready to Work?

If excellence is necessary for America to continue to effectively compete in the global economy, then there is much work to be done in preparing the next generation of professionals to enter the workplace.

Sunday, April 22, 2007
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Given the urgent need to find skilled professionals, The Conference Board, Corporate Voices for Working Families, The Partnership for 21st Century Skills, and the Society for Human Resource Management conducted a survey, "Are They Really Ready to Work? Employers’ Perspectives on the Basic Knowledge and Applied Skills of New Entrants to the 21st Century U.S. Workforce", to gain a better understanding of the readiness of new entrants to the workforce.

Tomorrow’s Workforce: Ready or Not – It’s a Choice the Business Community Must Make Now

Friday, May 23, 2008
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This report, prepared by Corporate Voices for Working Families, spotlights the challenges facing the business community—and highlights actions that can be taken now to help solve a problem that involves not just young people, but one that touches the lives of everyone.

Credentialed by 26 Series: Changing the Odds for Students- Spotlight on Kingsborough College

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Brooklyn, NY

By raising expectations, improving the use of institutional data to inform decisions, creating a high-level coordination body and shifting to more flexible resource allocation practices, every unit of the college has been involved in implementing strategies focused on increasing supports and improving persistence and graduation rates.

 

Thursday, August 4, 2011
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This issue brief examines how leaders at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, NY have changed the way they do business and as a result increased student success.
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Credentialed by 26 Series: High Expectations & Strong Supports Yield Postsecondary Success

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Brockton, MA

This brief describes how YouthBuild Brockton, as part of YouthBuild USA’s Postsecondary Education Initiative, is partnering with Massasoit Community College to move from dropout recovery into postsecondary completion. It also summarizes research on student supports in higher education and features a conversation with Ann Coles, senior associate at the Institute for Higher Education Policy.

SNEAK PEEK
Chart of supports needed to help young people to and through higher education.

Thursday, August 4, 2011
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This brief demonstrates that it is in fact possible to insulate the education pipeline for older, vulnerable youth by providing the supports necessary for their success.
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Credentialed by 26 Series: Insulating the Education Pipeline to Increase Postsecondary Success

The Forum for Youth Investment has challenged leaders across the country to ensure all young people are Ready by 21 – ready for college, work and life. Embedded in the challenge are several key ideas: 1) readiness requires investments in youth from birth into the early twenties, 2) readiness should be measured broadly, with indicators that go beyond high school graduation, and 3) readiness is influenced by a broad range of systems and settings.

Thursday, August 4, 2011
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The first in a new Ready by 21, Credentialed by 26 series, this issue brief explores why postsecondary completion is an important goal and looks at how the U.S. is currently faring.
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