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About Our Areas of Work
We organize our work into three areas to help low-income youth & adults:


Thursday October 24, 2013
At Akron Early College High School, students start their college career the day they begin high school—right on campus at the University of Akron. Akron ECHS teens take one university course each semester along with regular high school classes, until junior year when they become full-credit college students well on their way to earning Associate’s degrees. Last spring, half of the senior class received Associate’s degrees the same week as their high school diplomas. Nearly 80 percent of the class continued their college education this fall. This is even more impressive when you consider that...
Tags: Dual Enrollment, Early College
Tuesday October 15, 2013
Using Pell Grants to Pay for Remedial Courses
Fordham Institute Executive VP Michael Petrilli last week wrote an op-ed for Bloomberg View decrying the use of Pell Grants to pay for the remedial education courses needed by many students in preparation for taking community college classes: A huge proportion of this $40 billion annual federal investment is flowing to people who simply aren’t prepared to do college-level work. And this is perverting higher education’s mission, suppressing completion rates and warping the country’s K-12 system. What if the government decreed that three years hence, students would only be eligible for Pell...
Tags: Developmental Education
Monday October 14, 2013
Education pays. More specifically, the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree pays. That is the headline of the College Board’s new report, Education Pays 2013: The Benefits of Higher Education for Individuals and Society. Increased levels of education are critical to our nation’s prosperity, civic life, and our future—no question. But this “more is better” message and the disproportionate focus on the BA degree in the public discourse on higher education elides the fact that there are subbaccaulareate (sub-BA) credentials that pay, too, such as industry-based certifications, postsecondary...
Tags: Credentials
Friday October 11, 2013
Taking Early College to the Next Level
It is the question in education today: How do we dramatically increase the number of high-need students who graduate high school with the tools they need to succeed in college and family-supporting careers? Or, put a more personal way, how do we support a 6th or 9th grader living in poverty—who may typically be at risk of not finishing high school or graduating college-ready—and prepare him to not only finish high school, but to start postsecondary education and earn a degree? More and more, educators and parents agree: The answer is early college. Where other reform efforts have fallen...
Tags: Dual Enrollment, Early College
Wednesday October 9, 2013
This op-ed first appeared in The Huffington Post on October 8. The skills gap in the U.S. workforce is by now well documented and the consequences well known. Millions of Americans need jobs, yet employers are striking out when it comes to finding qualified candidates for the millions of positions available. As the World Series approaches, it turns out that we have much to learn from the business of baseball. The early efforts of employers, higher education institutions and workforce development organizations to solve the skills crisis by joining forces are encouraging. But something...
Tags: Career Pathways, Credentials, Labor Market Information