No Educational Experience Should Be an Island: How Low-Income Students’ Access to and Persistence in Postsecondary Education is Restricted in the Very Programs they Need the Most

Reforms can improve students' ability to access quality trianing programs when they have limited assets. For instance, future federal funding for postsecondary institutions to design and deliver workforce development training should be conditioned on a requirement that institutions and/or states adopt rigorous credit for prior learning (CPL) policies, to articulate a student’s previous work for credit, and build bridges between new noncredit work and for-credit coursework.

To learn more, reader Lauren Walizer's brief.