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We organize our work into three areas to help low-income youth & adults:

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Tuesday December 20, 2016
High school student reading a book.
A growing body of research has consistently suggested that providing opportunities for high school students to take college courses is associated with increases in college enrollment and completion. Education leaders have responded. For well over a decade, state and federal policymakers have promoted dual enrollment through strategies such as creating or expanding funding streams for dual enrollment and early college schools, as well as mandating that local education agencies (LEAs) make available a defined amount of dual enrollment (and/or AP and IB) options. But efforts to expand dual...
Tags: Dual Enrollment, Early College, State-Local K-12 Policy
Thursday July 28, 2016
Originally posted on The Intersection, The Hunt Institute Blog, on April 12, 2016. Most high school graduates (66 percent) go to college right after high school. But for all the efforts schools are making nationally to improve the college readiness of their graduates—tougher state standards, curricula, and assessments—many young people still struggle once they start college. Just over half of students entering two-year colleges, and one in five entering four-year colleges, start in remedial courses. The figures are even higher for low-income students. Of these, too few finish the remedial...
Tags: Early College, Dual Enrollment
Monday June 27, 2016
Rethinking 12th Grade
Orginally posted on Impatient Optimists, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation blog. Millions of high school seniors across the country are graduating this spring and celebrating their accomplishments and the beginning of the rest of their lives. Most—about 68 percent—will enter college immediately in the fall. That’s important, though the number should be even higher, because they are entering a world where most people need a postsecondary credential in order to find a decent job that pays enough to support themselves and their families. The problem is that, while some of that 68 percent...
Tags: Early College, Dual Enrollment
Tuesday May 17, 2016
Paying for college just got easier, with the Obama Administration’s announcement of the 44 institutions chosen to participate in the Experimental Sites Initiative that will allow high school students to use federal Pell grants to pay for credit-bearing college courses. Currently, Pell grants—the most important source of federal financial aid for low-income students aspiring to a college education—are not available to high school students. This $20 million initiative will expand access to college courses for over 10,000 students at 44 colleges in 23 states.  This initiative will help support...
Tags: Early College, Dual Enrollment, Federal K-12 Policy, Federal Higher Education Policy
Tuesday March 22, 2016
Graduating students
By Joel Vargas and Hannah Smith Originally posted on the Getting Smart blog and on Huffington Post in the GenDIY series on March 12, 2016.  Hack: a clever solution to a tricky problem There is good news and bad news about today’s high school students. The good news is that more students are finishing high school. Graduation rates have increased over four years to a high of 82 percent in the 2013-14 school year. And as college credentials have increasingly become a necessity for getting onto a career path with good wages, high school graduates get the message. Aside from a few dips during...
Tags: Early College, Dual Enrollment