Bridging the Gap: Postsecondary Pathways for Underprepared Learners

The number of Americans struggling to earn the credentials needed to succeed in our economy continues to grow. Over 36 million adults (1 in 6 adults) have low basic skills; over 1.2 million students drop out of high school each year; and 60% of postsecondary students need some type of remediation. We need workable practice and policy solutions to help move more people into and through postsecondary education and into the workforce now more than ever before. Through this interdisciplinary conference, we explored the systems, structures, and strategies that enable more underprepared youth and adults to access and succeed in postsecondary education.

Thank you to everyone who attended, presented at, and helped make this event possible. 

The conference featured a cross-section of leading practices and strategies from many of JFF’s signature initiatives, including Accelerating Opportunity, Back on Track, Credentials That Work, Breaking Through, and the Postsecondary State Policy Network. Download resources from the conference. Read a blog post highlighting the student panel.

Bridging the Gap Issue Briefs

Jobs for the Future presents a series of briefs highlighting key issues, best practices, and recommendations.

Conference Videos

View the opening video from the conference:

View the closing video from the conference: 

If you attended the conference, please take the time to complete an evaluation.