• January 22, 2015

    ACCN Blog

    A new study released by a collaborative of higher education organizations working in partnership with the National Student Clearinghouse suggests a caveat to previous findings regarding the positive relationship between full-time enrollment and degree completion. Among non-first-time (NFT) college students, those using a “mixed” enrollment strategy—combining full-time and part-time enrollment over the course of their studies—were more likely to complete an associate degree and less likely to drop out than their exclusively full-time or exclusively part-time counterparts.
  • January 15, 2015

    Louisville, Kentucky’s 55,000 Degrees initiative—a multi-stakeholder effort to achieve 50 percent postsecondary education attainment among the community’s working-age population by 2020—recently released an updated Education Scorecard, highlighting their key findings from 2014.

  • December 18, 2014

    By Wendy Erisman
    Strix Research, LLC

    Jobs for the Future (JFF) has designed its multi-state Adult Completion Policy Project (ACPP) to use policy change at the state or system level to help community colleges increase credential attainment for low-skill adults. In each state that is a part of the project, JFF conducted a policy audit focused on areas of particular importance in supporting adult college completion, and the state or system then developed a workplan designed to improve selected policy areas. JFF staff also provided technical assistance in each state and hosted cross-state convenings throughout the four-year project.

  • December 10, 2014

    By Wendy Erisman
    Strix Research, LLC

    Goodwill Industries International’s Community College/Career Collaboration (C4) program offers single parents, veterans, formerly incarcerated individuals, and other vulnerable adults the opportunity to earn college or career credentials through innovative partnerships between Goodwill affiliates and local community colleges. The program’s focus is on offering skills-based training leading to stackable credentials that will help make individuals workforce ready.

  • Plus 50 Adults at Santa Fe College

    Plus 50 Adults at Santa Fe College

    December 3, 2014

    By Wendy Erisman
    Strix Research, LLC

    The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) began its Plus 50 Completion Strategy in an effort to help adults over age 50 who are seeking employment, promotion or a career change. Through grants and technical assistance to 17 community colleges across the nation, AACC has supported these colleges in providing training and career development to more than 20,000 Plus 50 adults over the last four years with more than 8,800 of these adults completing a postsecondary credential. 

  • November 19, 2014

    A recent policy brief by the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) titled, “Holding Tight or at Arm’s Length: How Higher Education Regional Accrediting Bodies Address PLA” explores the role of regional accrediting organizations in shaping institutional policies and practices related to prior learning assessment or PLA. The full text of the policy brief is available here.

  • Metropolitan Focused Strategies

    Akron Wins $1m Talent Dividend Prize

    October 31, 2014

    The city of Akron, Ohio beat out 56 other metropolitan areas to claim the Talent Dividend Prize - a $1 million marketing campaign. The prize was awarded to the metropolitan area that increased degree attainment by adults the most from 2010 to 2013.

  • Marketing and Outreach

    Focusing Outreach on 'Career Seekers'

    October 31, 2014

    By Wendy Erisman
    Strix Research, LLC

    Many adult college completion projects focus on reaching adults with some college credit or “near completers” who are only a few credits away from a degree. Evaluations conducted by these projects suggest that this group of near completers can be difficult to locate and even more difficult to re-enroll.  One approach that some projects have found to be successful for reaching adult college students is to instead focus on “career seekers”—adults who are motivated to improve their employment situation by earning a postsecondary credential.

  • October 24, 2014

    By Patricia Steele
    HigherEd Insight

    Strong organizations understand the importance of evaluating their programs and use the findings from those evaluations to shape current and future work and also leverage new funding.

  • September 26, 2014

    Lumina Foundation's Strategy Labs project has released a series of resources focused on developing and implementing competency-based degree programs.

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