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Author(s):Southern Regional Education Board
Title:Investing wisely in adult learning is key to state prosperity
Short Description:Examines the considerable impact of closing the education gap for adults.
Annotation:Focusing on Southern states, but applicable to all states, this report examines the considerable impact of closing the education gap for adults. The latest research shows that helping working-age adults complete high school equivalency programs and enroll in postsecondary programs has tremendous benefits for both the individual and society.
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Adult Students
Employment and Workforce Development
National Perspectives
Non-traditional Students
Social and Economic Benefits of College/Economic Development
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A better measure of skills gaps: Utilizing ACT skill profile and assessment data for strategic skill research
STEM: State reports and state level analysis
Statewide aid policies to improve college access and success
State Cards (statistical snapshots of high school data by state) Updated 2012
Defining college readiness: Where are we now, are where do we need to be?
The role of Pell Grants in access, persistence and completion
Pathways to success: Integrating learning with life and work to increase national college completion
Hard choices ahead: Performance and policy in Texas higher education
It's a matter of time: Low-income students and community colleges
Race to the top: What have we learned from the states so far? A state-by-state evaluation of Race to the Top performance
Cornerstones of completion: State policy support for accelerated, structured pathways to college credentials and transfer
Higher education, merit-based scholarships and post-baccalaureate migration
Forging new pathways: The impact of the breaking through initiative in michigan
The future of the US workforce: A survey of hiring practices across industries
Trends in student aid 2012
Promoting work-based learning: Efforts in Connecticut and Kentucky
How do recent college grads really stack up? Employment and earnings for graduates of the Great Recession
Are the sleeping giants awake? Non-profit universities enter online education at scale
The impact of affirmative action bans in graduate education
Trends among young adults over three decades, 1974-2006
An examination of the information technology job market
Balancing passion and practicality: The role of debt and major on students' financial outcomes
Left out. Forgotten? Recent high school graduates and the Great Recession
California's economic payoff: Investing in college access and completion
What is "career ready"?
Using dual enrollment policy to improve college & career readiness: A web tool for decision makers
Taking action for America: A CEO plan for jobs and economic growth
Young, underemployed, and optimistic: Coming of age, slowly, in a tough economy
Workforce Investment Act reauthorization may move youth development field back a decade: Analysis of H.R. 4297 through a youth advocacy lens
NAEP Science 2011 State Snapshot Reports
MPI updates national and state level estimates of potential DREAM Act beneficiaries
Competency-based degree programs in the US: Postsecondary credentials for measurable student learning and performance
Students with disabilities: Better federal coordination could lessen challenges in transition from high school
Factbook Bulletin: Minority enrollment gains show region's progress toward college completion goals
Measuring nontraditional student success: An imperative for colleges and universities
Adult college completion toolkit
Debt, jobs, diversity and who gets in: A survey of admissions directors
2012 National survey of school counselors: True north: Charting the course to college and career readiness
The limited career prospects for high school graduates without additional education and training
Graduating to a pay gap: The earnings of women and men one year after college graduation
National and regional workforce solutions: New industry-higher education projects for the NextGen U.S. workforce
Ahead of the curve: State success in the developmental education initiative
Portable, stackable credentials: A new education model for industry-specific career pathways
2012 State of the state addresses: Governors' top education issues
The Adult Education and Economic Growth Act: Toward a modern adult education system and a more educated workforce
Hiring and higher education: Business executives talk about the costs and benefits of college
Easing the transition from combat to classroom: Preserving America's investment in higher education for military veterans through institutional assessment
Building pathways to transfer: Community colleges that break the chain of failure for students of color
Beyond the master plan: The case for restructuring baccalaureate education in California
Assets & opportunity scorecard
Pell grants and the lifting of rural America's future
Work-integrated learning and career-ready students: Examining the evidence
The for-profit postsecondary school sector: Nimble critters or agile predators?
Hearing on non-traditional students
The global gender gap index: 2011
The college completion agenda: 2011 state policy guide
Still on the sidelines: What role will higher education trustees play in higher education reform?
Fall 2011: Estimated headcount enrollment and Pell Grant trends
American Association of Community Colleges 2011 Advocacy Toolkit Factsheet
Meeting the STEM workforce challenge: Leveraging higher education's untapped potential to prepare tomorrow's STEM workforce
Meeting the STEM workforce demand: Accelerating math learning among students interested in STEM
America's youth: Transitions to adulthood
Sealing the gaps: Supporting low-income, first-generation students at four-year institutions in Texas post-transfer
Preparing for college: A national perspective on common core state standards implementation planning
Unbundling youth, family, and community involvement in college access: On the ground in Austin, Texas
Preparing for change: A national perspective on common core state standards implementation planning
Steps taken on the path forward
Across the great divide: Perspectives of CEOs and college presidents on America's higher education and skills gap
State policies regarding undocumented college students: A narrative of unresolved issues, ongoing debate and missed opportunities
Making the grade: Texas early college high schools prepare students for the future
Building capacity for reconnecting youth
Cross-system collaboration for reconnecting youth
State and local policy for reconnecting youth
Reality check: Hispanic-serving institutions on the Texas border strategzing financial aid
Divided we fail in LA: Improving completion and closing racial gaps in the Los Angeles community college district
How military veterans are using the post-9/11 GI Bill and adapting to life in college
Getting what we pay for: State community college funding strategies that benefit low-income, lower-skilled students
Conducting a scan of your college access and success system: Why it matters, how to do it, how to use it
Achieving the possible: What Americans think about the college- and career-ready agenda
Yes we can: The Schott state report on black males and education (national and state reports)
Setting statewide college- and career-ready goals
Investing in education and equity: Our nation's best future
Are you gainfully employed? Setting standards for for-profit degrees
A return to the "Mexican room": The segregation of Arizona's English learners
Web tables - profile of undergraduate students: trends from selected years, 1995-96 to 2007-08
Higher education web portals: Serving state and student transfer needs
Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 edition
A policymaker's guide to early college designs: Expanding a strategy for achieving college readiness for all
Future skill shortages in the U.S. economy?
Key considerations for serving disconnected youth
Unlocking doors and expanding opportunity: Moving beyond the limiting reality of college and career readiness in California high schools
Ten facts about the recovery
Yesterday's nontraditional student is today's traditional student
Closing achievement gaps: Improving educational outcomes for Hispanic children: English language acquisition and middle school preparation: Keys to Latino educational success
Students speak! Understanding the value of HBCUs from student perspectives
Achieving success: The latest news in achieving community college success (2011)
Unlocking potential: Results of a national survey of postsecondary education in state prisons
Improving community college success
Latino college completion: State series
Using community colleges to build a STEM-skilled workforce
Single mothers and college success: Charting paths out of poverty
Strategies for success in career development: The career coach curriculum guide
Learn and earn: Modeling the success of Metropolitan College: The Business-Higher Education Forum's simulation series
The hidden costs of community colleges
An economy that works: Job creation and America's future
Women see value and benefits of college; Men lag on both fronts, survey finds
Driving innovation from the middle: Middle-skill jobs in the American South's economy
Scaling up Breaking Through: 2010 evaluation
Making every diploma count: Using extended-year graduation rates to measure student success
Aligning community colleges to their local labor markets: The emerging role of online job ads for providing real-time intelligence about occupations and skills in demand
Making college and career readiness the mission for high schools: A guide for state policymakers
Big questions, practical answers: New strategies for setting and moving a higher education agenda
College-ready students, student-ready colleges: An agenda for improving degree completion in postsecondary education
Changes in Graduation Rates by State (Progress and Challenge Indexes)
Promoting engagement for all students: The imperative to look within
The poor and the rich: A look at economic stratification and academic performance among undergraduate students in the United States
Short sighted: How America's lack of attention to international education studies impedes improvement
Action required: Addressing the nation's lowest performing high schools
Race to the top: Promising approaches to achieving college- and career-ready goals
Community colleges: A route of upward economic mobility
A plan for success: Communities of color define policy priorities for high school reform
Setting up success in developmental education: How state policy can help community colleges improve student success outcomes
From soldier to student: Easing the transition of service members on campus
Lessons from Achieving the Dream for federal efforts to improve college completion rates
Education & the military spouse: The long road to success
College choices for adults: Transparency by design
Mind the access gap: Breaking down barriers to post-secondary education
Hopes & hurdles: California foster youth and college financial aid
The benefits to taxpayers from increases in students' educational attainment
Changes in postsecondary degrees below the Bachelor's: 1997-2007
Paving the way through paid internships: A proposal to expand educational and economic opportunities for low-income college students
Improving access to higher education by promoting saving
Good data. Better policy. Stronger commitment. Improved outcomes.
Estimating the number of jobs created or saved
The foreclosure generation: The long-term impact of the foreclosure crisis on Latino children and families
Untapped potential: Early labor market outcomes of dropouts and graduates from Philadelphia's public schools
Bridging the gaps to success: Promising practices for promoting transfer among low-income and first generation students: An in-depth study of six exemplary community colleges in Texas
High school policy reform: A plan for success (California)
Linking secondary and postsecondary systems: Lessons from Indiana
Calculating cost-return for investments in students success
Strong students, strong workers: Models for student success through workforce development and community college partnerships
Young workers: A lost decade
Leadership for challenging times: Report of the Commission on presidential leadership and global competitiveness (Executive Summary)
Building an early childhood professional development system
Beyond the rhetoric: Improving college readiness through coherent state policy
Improving education through collaboration: A case study of the Long Beach seamless education partnership
Increasing baccalaureate attainment in Louisville: A proposed blueprint for community action
Online learning: Addressing challenges and seizing opportunities
Educational attainment in the United States: 2009
Foster youth who have succeeded in higher education: Common themes
The state of preschool 2009: State preschool yearbook
Altered state: How the Virginia community college system has used Achieving the Dream to improve student success
Who benefits most from college? Evidence for negative selection in heterogeneous economic returns to higher education
What does research say about 21st century skills?
A paradox of education progress
Turning community college drop-outs into graduates
Forging new partnerships: Adult and developmental education in community colleges
Post-secondary education options for low-income students
In pursuit of a diverse science, technology, engineering, and mathematics workforce: Recommended research priorities to enhance participation by underrepresented minorities
New Hampshire's multi-tiered approach to dropout prevention
Independent Evaluation of the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE): Third Biennial Report
Breaking the cycle of poverty starts with learning
School Redesign Network
Dropout prevention for students with disabilities: A critical issue for state education agencies
In-state tuition for undocumented immigrants: States' rights and educational opportunity
Student charges and financial aid: 2006-07
Building a science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) agenda
Child care assistance in 2004: States have fewer funds for child care
A framework and recommendations for federal action on secondary school reform
The national articulation and transfer network
Transitional jobs for ex-prisoners: Early impacts from a random assignment evaluation of the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) Prisoner Reentry Program
Getting ahead or losing ground: Economic mobility in America
Education and economic mobility
Projections of education statistics to 2016
Workers need training, not tough talk
Businesses to advocate for two-year colleges
Racial disparities and the new federalism
Recent participation in formal learning among working-age adults with different levels of education
Teacher credentials and student achievement in high school: A cross-subject analysis with student fixed effects
The real technology challenge
Orphan Foundation of America
K-12 R&D and STEM Education Report Cards
National Indian Education Study 2007 Part II: The educational experiences of American Indian and Alaska Native students in grades 4 and 8
In-state tuition for undocumented immigrants
Center for Research on the Wider Benefits of Learning
Knocking at the college door: Projections of high school graduates by state and race/ethnicity 1992-2022
Early college high schools in Ohio: Core principles
Career and technical education in the United States: 1990-2005
Wealth mobility and volatility in black and white
Out of many, one: Toward rigorous common core standards from the ground up
It's not about the cut score: Redesigning placement assessment policy to improve student success
Performance measurement and Return-on-Investment (ROI) in the workforce development system
Education and training for TANF recipients: Opportunities and challenges under the final rule
Removing the roadblocks: Fair college opportunities for all California students
Sizing up state standards: 2008
Apply to succeed: Ensuring community college students benefit from need-based financial aid
2008-2009 Alternative education programs (by Indiana county)
Creating postsecondary pathways to good jobs for young high school dropouts: The possibilities and the challenges
Labor force participation in formal work-related education in 2000-01
Demography as destiny: How America can build a better future
The Indiana workforce: An employer's perspective
Prison education program participation and recidivism: A test of the normalization hypothesis
The high cost of high school dropouts: What the nation pays for inadequate high schools
Hidden benefits: The impact of high school graduation on household income
Resources for businesses hiring formerly incarcerated persons
After prison: Roadblocks to reentry: A report on state legal barriers facing people with criminal records
National HIRE network: Resources and assistance: Indiana
Indiana department of education: Division of adult education
The impact of diversity on college students: The latest research
College of Adult and Professional Studies
Indiana State Profile
Adult learners in higher education: Barriers to success and strategies to improve results
Financing asset building and financial education programs for youth transitioning out of foster care
Financing workforce development programs for youth transitioning out of foster care
Asking the right questions: A judicial checklist to ensure that the educational needs of children and youth in foster care are being addressed
Exploring careers
Adult learning focused institution (ALFI) initiative
A report on the status of Hispanics in education: Overcoming a history of neglect
Improving high-school-to-college transition through leadership and governance
Breaking through: Helping low-skilled adults enter and succeed in college and careers
Locked up and locked out: An educational perspective on the U.S. prison pipeline
Public schools and economic development: What the research shows
Ensuring rigor in the high school curriculum: What states are doing
Investing in the education of older students: A summary of the evidence
American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian education in the states
Academic pathways to college: Policies and practices of the fifty states to reach underserved students
Career academies: Impacts on labor market outcomes and educational attainment
Every child, every promise: Turning failure into action
High school reform and work: Facing labor market realities
Midwest PERL: Postsecondary education resource library
As America becomes more diverse: The impact of state higher education inequality
Update to state dual enrollment policies: Addressing access and quality
Focus on basics: Connecting research & practice
All over the map: State policies to improve the high school
Youth indicators 2005: Trends in the well-being of American youth
Economic outcomes of high school completers and non-completers 8 years later
Data quality campaign: Using data to improve student achievement
Rankings of working-age adult participation rates for 50 states
Work first, study second: Adult undergraduates who combine employment and postsecondary enrollment
Measuring up 2004
College affordability in jeopardy: The rising price of higher education
Investing in America's future
Solutions for our future.org
Gender gap among undergraduates could stem from wage premium for women, study finds
Investing in America's future: Why student aid pays off for society and individuals
Global higher education rankings: Affordability and accessibility in comparative perspective