Building a Successful Postsecondary Preparatory Program at a Back on Track School

This case study of the North Queens Community High School describes how the school helped its students get back on track to earn a high school diploma. It presents tools and resources of various aspects of its postsecondary preparation program.

Source: Jobs for the Future
Category: College Planning and Assessments, Tools for Advisers, Current Research
Publication Date: 2013

Clear Expectations on Readiness

Use this guidebook to learn more about how different communities navigate The Pathway to College for their most underserved students and how you could adopt these practices and tools in your own communities.
“While it goes without question that students need strong academic skills to succeed in postsecondary education, our research indicates that “college readiness” must be more broadly conceived. In a recent study, we interviewed almost 200 community college faculty, staff and students. These interviews made abundantly clear that certain non-academic skills, behaviors and attitudes are equally germane to college success.”

Category: Current Research
Publication Date: 2012

Ensuring College Readiness and Academic System Alignment for All Students: A Tactical Guidebook

The Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), supported by Lumina Foundation, developed this tactical guidebook to explain how communities work towards greater academic alignment and increase college readiness for underserved students. This guidebook is divided into the following seven chapters.
•    Chapter 1: Develop Students’ Aspiration for College
•    Chapter 2: Offer High-Quality College-Readiness Curriculum
•    Chapter 3: Deliver Learning Outside the Classroom
•    Chapter 4: Increase Financial Awareness and Readiness for College
•    Chapter 5: Guide Students Through the College Admissions Process
•    Chapter 6: Create On-Ramps to Get Back on the College Track
•    Chapter 7: Ease the Transition to College

Category: Current Research

Help wanted: Projections of job and education requirements through 2018, 2010

This report presents national forecasts of jobs and education in the US in five sections: 1) an inventory of the 2008 recession, 2) projections of educational demand by 2018, 3) projections of educational demand by occupation, 4) projections of educational demand by industry, and 5) the relationships between education, wages, and occupational choice. 

Category: Current Research
Publication Date: 2010

Increasing College Opportunity for Low-Income Students: Promising Models and a Call to Action, 2014

The Executive Office of the President and the Department of Education engaged with leading experts to identify the barriers to increasing college opportunity and helping and encouraging low-income students to apply, enroll, and succeed in college. They identified four key areas of work to promote college opportunity:
•    Connecting more low-income students to colleges where they can succeed and encouraging completion 
•    Increasing the pool of students preparing for college
•    Reducing inequalities in college advising and test preparation
•    Seeking breakthroughs in remedial education

Category: Current Research
Publication Date: 2014

Knocking at the College Door: Projections of High School Graduates

The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), projects the number of high school graduates in the US from school years 2000-01 through 2031-32. The data are disaggregated by state and region, public and private schools, and race/ethnicity.

Category: Current Research
Publication Date: 2016

Pathways To Success: Integrating Learning with Life and Work to Increase National College Completion

In 2011, the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance held a hearing and asked experts to address the 1) barriers to access and persistence, 2) best practices, and 3) the role of the federal government in serving nontraditional students.  

Category: Current Research
Publication Date: 2012

Re-Engaging Disconnected Youth in Washington, DC

This excerpt describes local efforts supporting disconnected youth in Washington, DC, including public charter and alternative education programs, GED preparation programs, GED/workforce development blended programs, job training programs, and other programs.

Category: College Planning and Assessments, Tools for Advisers, Current Research