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


Monday April 4, 2016
Two-thirds of students in community colleges are assessed as underprepared to successfully enter and complete college-level programs of study. For too many of these students, especially low-income, first-generation, and students of color, underpreparation stands between them and economic opportunity. Without a college credential, most people born into the lowest quintile of the national income distribution will remain stuck there throughout their lifetimes. For example, half of all black Americans born in the lowest income quintile remain there as adults. Black Americans who earn bachelor’s...
Tags: Credentials, Career Pathways, Developmental Education, Opportunity Youth
Monday February 29, 2016
Black history month affords an opportunity to look backwards to glean lessons to leap forward. Any historical assessment of access to postsecondary education for black Americans will find that there has been tremendous progress. Aspirations for higher education among black young people are high, suggesting that they have great faith that degrees from our nation’s higher education institutions will provide opportunity for economic advancement. On the whole their faith is well grounded. But there is compelling evidence that it takes more than a college degree to advance in today’s economy....
Friday February 26, 2016
Originally posted on Completion By Design's blog on February 17, 2016.                                                       On January 26 and 27, 2016, Jobs for the Future hosted our winter state policy meeting in San Diego, where we convened an incredibly talented, diverse, and committed group of state-, system-, and institutional-level leaders to support their efforts to develop policy conditions that allow community colleges to implement new strategies to dramatically increase student completion. Members of JFF’s Postsecondary State Policy Network have met semi-annually for the past...
Tuesday August 25, 2015
Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s brutally frank conversation with Black Lives Matter activists during an August 11th campaign stop in New Hampshire captured several realities of the policy development process. Clinton’s assertions are instructive for anyone trying to change policy, but they are particularly relevant for those of us focused on dramatically improving economic mobility and equity through community college policy reform.   Clinton made three points that were particularly apt: first, it is not enough to win hearts for policy reform. Second, you must change laws, resource...
Tags: State-Local Higher Education Policy
Wednesday August 12, 2015
To reach the ambitious education attainment goals established by President Obama and a host of philanthropic organizations, higher education will need to use all of the tools in the completion toolkit, invent some new ones, and repurpose some of the old and faithful ones to amplify and expand on what they have been able to accomplish historically. One high-leverage, but often-overlooked tool in the completion toolkit is networks. A review of the literature identified mechanisms of social networks that enable change—communication systems, knowledge transfer, alteration of mindset, increasing...
Tags: Developmental Education, State-Local Higher Education Policy