How many students have you or a colleague helped get into college with a good financial aid package only to discover later that they never enrolled? Unfortunately, every year, thousands of 12th graders finish high school excited about going to college, only to fall off track. This is especially common among those whose families have little to no experience navigating the final steps they must take to matriculate.
Rural students are less likely to enroll in college than their urban peers.[i] But new college credit programs have given rural students a convenient alternative path to post-secondary education. Concurrent enrollment programs – high schools offering college coursework – can benefit rural students, given that participation in concurrent enrollment programs increases the likelihood of not only college enrollment, but college completion.
Community colleges serve a huge variety of students: traditional and nontraditional, daytime and evening, part-time and full-time, those seeking short-term career-technical credentials, and others who intend to transfer to four-year colleges. To meet the wide-ranging needs of this unique student population, community colleges offer a complex array of programs and courses. When students enroll at community colleges they therefore face a broad range of course, program, and degree options that can be confusing or overwhelming.
15 to Finish, a campaign designed by Complete College America, works to increase the overall number of students taking 15 credits per semester (for an academic year of 30 credit hours) with the ultimate goal of increasing postsecondary degree completion. Complete College America’s Webinar on April 29, 2014, featured education leaders from around the country discussing their degree completion efforts and program results. This post is the first in a two-part series recapping this Webinar event.
On Tuesday, April 1, 2014 the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) and Council of Chief State School Officials (CCSSO) co-hosted the first installment of a three-part webinar series on innovative educational practices titled “CCSSO Innovation Lab Network: Transforming Systems Through Policy Practice and Structure.”
On Thursday, January 30, 2014, the College and Career Readiness and Success Center (CCRS), in partnership with the American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF), hosted a webinar titled "Early College, Early Success: Program Overview, Research Findings, and Implications for Practice."
Youth involved with the justice system face significant challenges.
During the tenure of the Obama administration, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) program has made an unprecedented investment—nearly $2 billion—in community colleges. Designed to transform community colleges in order to help put Americans back to work and improve the U.S.
The American Institutes for Research recently released a pocket guide, Promoting College and Career Readiness: A Pocket Guide for State and District Leaders, to support state and local policymakers and practitioners as they implement the college and career readiness initiatives included in their state Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) flexibility plans.