CLASP http://www.clasp.org/issues/postsecondary/highlights/rss CLASP Highlights Feed Tue, 24 Jan 2012 05:00:00 +0000 AMPS en hourly 1 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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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 OCTAE Provides a “One-Stop” Shop for Career Pathways Resources http://www.clasp.org/issues/postsecondary/highlights/octae-provides-a-one-stop-shop-for-career-pathways-resources Thu, 02 Oct 2014 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/postsecondary/highlights/octae-provides-a-one-stop-shop-for-career-pathways-resources OCTAE in the U.S. Department of Education launched a new initiative earlier this year to provide numerous valuable resources that can benefit practitioners, policymakers, administrators, funders, and others develop career pathways.

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WIOA Creates New Opportunities to Improve Economic and Career Success for Low-Income Youth and Adults http://www.clasp.org/issues/postsecondary/highlights/new-opportunities-to-improve-economic-and-career-success-for-low-income-youth-and-adults Mon, 29 Sep 2014 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/postsecondary/highlights/new-opportunities-to-improve-economic-and-career-success-for-low-income-youth-and-adults Student Voices: Competency-Based Education Key to Improving College Completion and Career Advancement for Adult Students http://www.clasp.org/issues/postsecondary/highlights/student-voices-competency-based-education-key-to-improving-college-completion-and-career-advancement-for-adult-students Fri, 26 Sep 2014 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/postsecondary/highlights/student-voices-competency-based-education-key-to-improving-college-completion-and-career-advancement-for-adult-students This is the final installment of our Student Voices series, featuring powerful testimonials from actual students to the need for a comprehensive reform of the Higher Education Act.

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A "How-To" Guide on Using Student Workers to Provide Comprehensive Student Financial Supports http://www.clasp.org/issues/postsecondary/highlights/a-how-to-guide-on-using-student-workers-to-provide-comprehensive-student-financial-supports Sun, 31 Aug 2014 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/postsecondary/highlights/a-how-to-guide-on-using-student-workers-to-provide-comprehensive-student-financial-supports This brief offers practical guidance to colleges that wish to provide students access to public benefits by incorporating student workers into their student support service activities. Student workers can effectively conduct a substantial portion of work related to accessing public benefits, including outreach, screening, application assistance, counseling, referrals, and data tracking.

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Using Student Workers to Provide Comprehensive Financial Supports to Increase College Completion http://www.clasp.org/issues/postsecondary/highlights/using-student-workers-to-provide-comprehensive-financial-supports-to-increase-college-completion Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/postsecondary/highlights/using-student-workers-to-provide-comprehensive-financial-supports-to-increase-college-completion Three of the colleges—Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C), LaGuardia Community College (LAGCC), and Skyline College—used innovative and successful strategies to implement their benefits access work through the use of student workers.

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Testimony for the Record to the U.S. Department of Education’s Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance (ACSFA) on the Proposed Postsecondary Institution Rating System (PIRS) http://www.clasp.org/issues/postsecondary/highlights/testimony-for-the-record-to-the-u-s-department-of-educations-advisory-committee-on-student-financial-assistance-acsfa-on-the-proposed-postsecondary-institution-rating-system-pirs Fri, 12 Sep 2014 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/postsecondary/highlights/testimony-for-the-record-to-the-u-s-department-of-educations-advisory-committee-on-student-financial-assistance-acsfa-on-the-proposed-postsecondary-institution-rating-system-pirs CLASP testifies that PIRS must be designed with significant care so as not to create disincentives for institutions to focus resources on serving low-income and underprepared students.

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Student Voices: Federal Work-Study Provides Greater Support toward College Persistence and Career Entry http://www.clasp.org/issues/postsecondary/highlights/student-voices-federal-work-study-provides-greater-support-toward-college-persistence-and-career-entry Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/issues/postsecondary/highlights/student-voices-federal-work-study-provides-greater-support-toward-college-persistence-and-career-entry This is the second installment of our Student Voices series, featuring powerful testimonials from actual students to the need for a comprehensive reform of the Higher Education Act.

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