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College & Workforce Readiness What the Research Says College Enrollment Dip Hits Students of Color the Hardest
The pandemic led to a precipitous decline in enrollment for two-year schools, while four-year colleges and universities held steady.
Sarah D. Sparks, June 3, 2021
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College & Workforce Readiness Fewer Students in Class of 2020 Went Straight to College
First-year college enrollment dropped steeply last year, a study finds, and the declines were sharpest among poorer students.
Dalia Faheid, April 6, 2021
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College & Workforce Readiness Opinion The Tangled Web: The High School Diploma, College and Career Readiness Standards and Career and Technical Education
Marc Tucker looks at how low bars for college and career readiness standards, career and technical education and high school graduation requirements are leaving U.S. students two and three years behind their peers in top-performing systems.
Marc Tucker, September 6, 2018
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College & Workforce Readiness Opinion An Open Letter to Secretary DeVos: How to Create a World-Class Career and Technical Education System
In an open letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, Marc Tucker outlines what it would take for the United States to build a career and technical education system on par with those of top-performing countries.
Marc Tucker, July 12, 2018
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College & Workforce Readiness Retooled Courses Help Students Avoid a Remedial-Math Roadblock to College
Too often, students who dream of a college degree fall into the "black hole" of remedial math. Now there's a path out.
Catherine Gewertz, May 22, 2018
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College & Workforce Readiness Opinion Will Free Community College Really Help Low-Income Students?
Free community college is an exciting idea, but it's not enough to get students over the finish line, cautions Kate Schwass.
Kate Schwass, June 23, 2017
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Erick Ramos, second from right, a senior at Mission Early College High School in El Paso, has a laugh with friends at his school. The group belongs to the Smash Club, where they play Super Smash Bros. on a TV they bring from home. Ramos has already earned enough credits through the school’s dual-credit program to be a junior at the University of Texas at El Paso.
Erick Ramos, second from right, a senior at Mission Early College High School in El Paso, has a laugh with friends at his school. The group belongs to the Smash Club, where they play Super Smash Bros. on a TV they bring from home. Ramos has already earned enough credits through the school’s dual-credit program to be a junior at the University of Texas at El Paso.
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College & Workforce Readiness Students in El Paso Get Leg Up on College
A network of early-college high schools on the Texas border is nudging first-generation students onto the path to college.
Liana Loewus, June 2, 2016
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Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, a Republican, speaks at Sullivan Central High School in Blountsville, Tenn., last year before a ceremonial signing of the bill that created the Tennessee Promise program. Considered a national model for President Obama's proposal of free community college, Tennessee's program is the first statewide effort to offer two years of free tuition to high school graduates.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, a Republican, speaks at Sullivan Central High School in Blountsville, Tenn., last year before a ceremonial signing of the bill that created the Tennessee Promise program. Considered a national model for President Obama's proposal of free community college, Tennessee's program is the first statewide effort to offer two years of free tuition to high school graduates.
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College & Workforce Readiness Tenn. Free-Tuition Program Moves Focus to College Retention
The promise of free tuition lured 16,000 students to Tennessee colleges this year; now state officials are working to keep them there.
Caralee J. Adams, December 8, 2015
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Democratic presidential candidates from left, former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Hillary Rodham Clinton, former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, and former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee take the stage before the CNN Democratic presidential debate on Oct. 13 in Las Vegas.
Democratic presidential candidates from left, former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Hillary Rodham Clinton, former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, and former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee take the stage before the CNN Democratic presidential debate on Oct. 13 in Las Vegas.
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College & Workforce Readiness K-12 a Minor Topic in First Democratic Debate
While there was some discussion about college costs, the Democratic candidates for president did not delve far into big K-12 topics like testing, teacher evaluation, or how to improve low-performing schools.
Alyson Klein, October 15, 2015
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College & Workforce Readiness Researchers Rethink Community College With Clearer Student Pathways
In a new book, experts from the Community College Research Center call for reforming two-year colleges by increasing support and guidance for students on career pathways.
Caralee J. Adams, March 23, 2015
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College & Workforce Readiness Student Engagement at Community Colleges Is Up
A new report from the Center for Community College Student Engagement shows steady improvement over the past decade in how students feel connected on campus and challenged academically.
Caralee J. Adams, March 9, 2015
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College & Workforce Readiness Low-Income Students Choose Closest—But Not Always Best—Colleges
A new study finds students in Florida community colleges often do not transfer to four-year universities because they are located too far from their homes.
Caralee J. Adams, March 2, 2015
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College & Workforce Readiness With Enough Support, Graduation Rates at CUNY Double
The City University of New York finds that a comprehensive support program helped double graduation rates among community college students.
Caralee J. Adams, February 26, 2015
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College & Workforce Readiness Community College Completion Rates Dropping in Most States, Finds Survey
A survey of state directors of community colleges finds most states had flat to declining completion rates last year.
Caralee J. Adams, February 17, 2015
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