The brief from the Forum for Youth Investment looks at two initiatives. One, the Credentialed by 26 Community Challenge, helped leaders in four selected communities jump-start local conversations and identify strategies to improve postsecondary success. Among the results: Leaders enlisted more partners committed to increasing postsecondary completion, used new data to inform planning efforts, extended their goals beyond college access to college completion, and strengthened connections between the K-12 and postsecondary systems.
The second initiative, the Credential by 26 Policy Roundtables, was a series of policy scans and structure discussions designed to help leaders in three states identify low-cost policy solutions for increasing supports for low-income college students. The report includes summaries of the discussions and a sample of policy changes that would improve success.