CLASP http://www.clasp.org/issues/postsecondary/highlights/rss CLASP Highlights Feed Tue, 24 Jan 2012 05:00:00 +0000 AMPS en hourly 1 Mixed Enrollment Status: Favorable for Non-First-Time Student Degree Completion http://www.clasp.org/issues/postsecondary/highlights/mixed-enrollment-status-favorable-for-non-first-time-student-degree-completion Thu, 19 Mar 2015 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/postsecondary/highlights/mixed-enrollment-status-favorable-for-non-first-time-student-degree-completion A new national study on the enrollment and persistence of non-first-time students (NFT) indicates that when non-first-time students mix their enrollment, they are more likely to complete their degree.

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Career Pathways: More Information Still Needed http://www.clasp.org/issues/postsecondary/highlights/career-pathways-more-information-still-needed Thu, 12 Mar 2015 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/postsecondary/highlights/career-pathways-more-information-still-needed The U.S. Departments of Education (ED), Health and Human Services (HHS), and Labor (DOL) have released a summary report of last spring’s Career Pathway Request for Information (RFI). 

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Proposed Arizona Budget Widens Gap to Economic Security for Low-Income Families http://www.clasp.org/issues/postsecondary/highlights/proposed-arizona-budget-widens-gap-to-economic-security-for-low-income-families Fri, 06 Mar 2015 17:13:59 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/postsecondary/highlights/proposed-arizona-budget-widens-gap-to-economic-security-for-low-income-families State lawmakers in Arizona are working furiously on a FY16 budget deal designed to reduce the state’s deficit.  Unfortunately, Governor Doug Ducey and Republican leadership in Arizona’s House and Senate plan to achieve these cuts by slashing funds for programs that support low-income children, families, and individuals in seeking economic security.

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U.S. Department of Education Responds to OECD Survey with Strategies to Transform Adult Learning http://www.clasp.org/issues/postsecondary/highlights/u-s-department-of-education-responds-to-oecd-survey-with-strategies-to-transform-adult-learning Tue, 03 Mar 2015 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/postsecondary/highlights/u-s-department-of-education-responds-to-oecd-survey-with-strategies-to-transform-adult-learning The Department of Education acts on the OECD survey results along with other recent changes in the adult education and workforce landscape in "Making Skills Everyone’s Business: A Call to Transform Adult Learning in the United States".

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Creating Postsecondary Pathways to Good Jobs for Young High School Dropouts http://www.clasp.org/issues/postsecondary/highlights/creating-postsecondary-pathways-to-good-jobs-for-young-high-school-dropouts Wed, 29 Oct 2008 13:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/postsecondary/highlights/creating-postsecondary-pathways-to-good-jobs-for-young-high-school-dropouts This paper advocates expansion and better integration of efforts to connect high school dropouts between the ages of 16 and 24 to pathways to postsecondary credentials that have value in the labor market. The paper highlights examples of innovations in policy, program delivery, pedagogy in adult education, youth development and dropout recovery, and postsecondary education that should be built upon in developing more robust and successful dropout recovery and postsecondary education policies and practices to open the door to higher wages and career opportunities for this population. The authors urge federal officials, governors, school administrators, college officials, workforce leaders and employers to provide leadership in building the supports and pathways at scale to bring dropout youth back into the education and labor market mainstream. The paper was prepared for the Center for American Progress.

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Funding Career Pathways: A Federal Funding Toolkit for State and Local/Regional Career Pathway Partnerships http://www.clasp.org/issues/postsecondary/highlights/funding-career-pathways-a-federal-funding-toolkit-for-state-and-localregional-career-pathway-partnerships Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/postsecondary/highlights/funding-career-pathways-a-federal-funding-toolkit-for-state-and-localregional-career-pathway-partnerships CLASP's "Funding Career Pathways Toolkit” is designed to help interagency state teams identify and use federal resources to support these models. The latest edition includes program profiles reflecting WIOA legislative and administrative changes to key federal programs.

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CLASP Comments on the College Ratings System Draft Framework http://www.clasp.org/issues/postsecondary/highlights/clasp-comments-on-the-college-ratings-system-draft-framework Thu, 19 Feb 2015 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/postsecondary/highlights/clasp-comments-on-the-college-ratings-system-draft-framework We are pleased to offer comments on the Department of Education’s draft framework for a college ratings system.

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Strong Emphasis on Proven Education and Training Strategies in President Obama’s FY 2016 Budget http://www.clasp.org/issues/postsecondary/highlights/strong-emphasis-on-proven-education-and-training-strategies-in-president-obamas-fy-2016-budget Tue, 03 Feb 2015 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/postsecondary/highlights/strong-emphasis-on-proven-education-and-training-strategies-in-president-obamas-fy-2016-budget The president’s Fiscal Year 2016 budget proposes targeted investments that will benefit individuals with barriers to economic success.

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Alliance for Quality Career Pathways Framework and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) http://www.clasp.org/issues/postsecondary/highlights/alliance-for-quality-career-pathways-framework-and-the-workforce-innovation-and-opportunity-act-wioa Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/postsecondary/highlights/alliance-for-quality-career-pathways-framework-and-the-workforce-innovation-and-opportunity-act-wioa Check out a side-by-side analysis of WIOA’s career pathway language and the Alliance definition and how WIOA performance measures stack up with the Alliance career pathway participant metrics.

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Relationship between WIOA Performance Measures and Alliance for Quality Career Pathway Metrics http://www.clasp.org/issues/postsecondary/highlights/relationship-between-wioa-performance-measures-and-alliance-for-quality-career-pathway-metrics Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/postsecondary/highlights/relationship-between-wioa-performance-measures-and-alliance-for-quality-career-pathway-metrics This table provides a side-by-side comparison between the new WIOA common measures and the Alliance for Quality Career Pathway (Alliance) participant metrics.

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Side by Side: Alliance for Quality Career Pathways Framework 1.0 & the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA) http://www.clasp.org/issues/postsecondary/highlights/side Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/postsecondary/highlights/side This side-by-side analysis demonstrates the alignment of Shared Vision, Strong Systems: The Alliance for Quality Career Pathways Framework Version 1.0—a consensus framework on quality criteria for career pathway systems—with WIOA’s career pathway definition and system-building elements (WIOA Bill Public Law No: 113-128).

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President Obama’s Two-Generation Strategy: Right Package, Right Time http://www.clasp.org/issues/postsecondary/highlights/president-obamas-two-generation-strategy-right-package-right-time Thu, 22 Jan 2015 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/postsecondary/highlights/president-obamas-two-generation-strategy-right-package-right-time President’s Obama’s domestic priorities outlined in Tuesday’s State of the Union address encompass a thoughtful and timely package—not simply a laundry list—to help poor and low-income families lift themselves into the middle class.

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President’s Proposal to Help Low-Income Families Afford College through Improved Education Tax Credits http://www.clasp.org/issues/postsecondary/highlights/presidents-proposal-to-help-low-income-families-afford-college-through-improved-education-tax-credits Thu, 22 Jan 2015 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/postsecondary/highlights/presidents-proposal-to-help-low-income-families-afford-college-through-improved-education-tax-credits Leading up to Tuesday’s State of the Union address, President Obama outlined his plan to reform our complex tax codes, including proposals to improve higher education tax credits to make them simpler and more accessible to low-income students.

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Strengthening the “Work” in Federal Work-Study: Improving Access to Financial Aid and Career-Related Work Experience for Low-Income and Post-Traditional Students http://www.clasp.org/issues/postsecondary/highlights/strengthening-the-work-in-federal-work-study-improving-access-to-financial-aid-and-career-related-work-experience-for-low-income-and-post-traditional-students Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/postsecondary/highlights/strengthening-the-work-in-federal-work-study-improving-access-to-financial-aid-and-career-related-work-experience-for-low-income-and-post-traditional-students Yesterday's Non-Traditional Student is Today's Traditional Student: Non-Traditional Student Fact Sheet http://www.clasp.org/issues/postsecondary/highlights/yesterdays-non-traditional-student-is-todays-traditional-student-non-traditional-student-factsheet Wed, 14 Jan 2015 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/postsecondary/highlights/yesterdays-non-traditional-student-is-todays-traditional-student-non-traditional-student-factsheet Benefits Access for College Completion: Innovative Approaches to Meet the Financial Needs of Low-Income Students http://www.clasp.org/issues/postsecondary/highlights/benefits-access-for-college-completion-innovative-approaches-to-meet-the-financial-needs-of-low-income-students Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/postsecondary/highlights/benefits-access-for-college-completion-innovative-approaches-to-meet-the-financial-needs-of-low-income-students This fact sheet offers a broad overview of the activities, and goals of the Benefits Access for College Completion (BACC) initiative, which was designed to help colleges develop new policies that increase low-income students' access to public benefits.

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Shared Accountability in WIOA and Career Pathways http://www.clasp.org/issues/postsecondary/highlights/shared-accountability-in-wioa-and-career-pathways Fri, 12 Dec 2014 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/postsecondary/highlights/shared-accountability-in-wioa-and-career-pathways CLASP's paper provides a framework for understanding the full scope of shared accountability and is intended to promote discussion of how WIOA performance accountability provisions could be aligned to integrate service delivery.

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Statement Prepared for the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance; Community College Symposium http://www.clasp.org/issues/postsecondary/highlights/statement-prepared-for-the-advisory-committee-on-student-financial-assistance-community-college-symposium Tue, 18 Dec 2007 13:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/postsecondary/highlights/statement-prepared-for-the-advisory-committee-on-student-financial-assistance-community-college-symposium Community colleges play a critical role in increasing economic opportunity for adults by helping individuals move out of dead-end, low-wage jobs into careers that can support a family. In a statement prepared for a symposium on issues effecting community colleges hosted by the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance, Senior Policy Analyst Amy-Ellen Duke focuses on two areas integral to the success of low-income adults at community colleges--policies to support student success and improve developmental education--and highlights successful programs across the country.

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Using "Measurable Skill Gains" to Best Serve Low-Income, Lower-Skilled Individuals http://www.clasp.org/issues/postsecondary/highlights/using-measurable-skill-gains-to-best-serve-low-income-lower-skilled-individuals Fri, 12 Dec 2014 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/postsecondary/highlights/using-measurable-skill-gains-to-best-serve-low-income-lower-skilled-individuals CLASP’s papers discusses a new interim measure of progress included in WIOA. The common measures offer an opportunity to ensure WIOA funds are used to provide services for participants with initially low basic skills.

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The Promise of College – America’s Next Educational Milestone http://www.clasp.org/issues/postsecondary/highlights/the-promise-of-college-americas-next-educational-milestone Mon, 12 Jan 2015 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/postsecondary/highlights/the-promise-of-college-americas-next-educational-milestone America’s College Promise, would create a new federal-state partnership to eliminate tuition for “responsible” students--those who attend at least half-time, maintain a 2.5 GPA, and make steady progress toward completing their program.

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U.S. Lags in Key Skills; New Adult Literacy Resources Available http://www.clasp.org/issues/postsecondary/highlights/u-s-lags-in-key-skills-new-adult-literacy-resources-available Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/postsecondary/highlights/u-s-lags-in-key-skills-new-adult-literacy-resources-available PIAAC creates a website with a variety of U.S. and international materials, including a newly released PIAAC Outreach Toolkit that can be used to build awareness about the study’s results and why they matter for low-skilled adults.

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Rating Colleges, Improving Outcomes http://www.clasp.org/issues/postsecondary/highlights/rating-colleges-improving-outcomes Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/postsecondary/highlights/rating-colleges-improving-outcomes Today, the U.S. Department of Education released a draft framework for President Obama’s proposed college ratings system. We are pleased to see some of our recommendations addressed in the draft framework.

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Transparency and Accountability: Implementing a Postsecondary Institution Rating Systems That Empowers Students While Avoiding Unintended Consequences http://www.clasp.org/issues/postsecondary/highlights/transparency-and-accountability-implementing-a-postsecondary-institution-rating-systems-that-empowers-students-while-avoiding-unintended-consequences Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:02:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/postsecondary/highlights/transparency-and-accountability-implementing-a-postsecondary-institution-rating-systems-that-empowers-students-while-avoiding-unintended-consequences This paper presents recommendations for implementing PIRS in a way that supports the goal of empowering students by providing the information they need to make informed decisions about their postsecondary plans while also avoiding unintended consequences, especially for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, including low-income and under-represented students.

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A Coming of Age Story for Career Pathways http://www.clasp.org/issues/postsecondary/highlights/a-coming-of-age-story-for-career-pathways Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/postsecondary/highlights/a-coming-of-age-story-for-career-pathways WIOA provides a comprehensive definition of a career pathway program and signals the move toward career pathway system building. However, new and existing partnerships may still wonder what exactly is meant by “career pathways.”

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New Study on Postsecondary Outcomes for Returning Adult Students http://www.clasp.org/issues/postsecondary/highlights/new-study-on-postsecondary-outcomes-for-returning-adult-students Thu, 09 Oct 2014 10:19:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/postsecondary/highlights/new-study-on-postsecondary-outcomes-for-returning-adult-students