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


Saturday January 10, 2015
Courtyard of a Community College
5 Key Principles for Policymakers to Keep in Mind President Obama’s proposal to expand recent state efforts to make two years of community college available tuition free is a bold move that could help improve life prospects for as many as nine million Americans. Increasing affordability reduces a major barrier to college access and completion, which are vital to increasing individual economic mobility and the economic health of our country.  Jobs for the Future focuses on helping underprepared youth and adults succeed in postsecondary education and family-supporting careers. Through our work...
Tags: Career Pathways, Developmental Education, Dual Enrollment, Career and Technical Education, Competency Education, Federal Higher Education Policy
Tuesday June 3, 2014
Group of students in a class discussion.
The fourth annual Accelerating Opportunity National Conference on Integrated Basic Skills Pathways successfully convened over 200 people in Bellevue, Washington in April 2014. Representatives from the 11 states currently implementing integrated pathway programs were in attendance, along with national evaluators, state technical assistance coaches, and representatives from the Department of Labor and Education. Participants engaged in two intensive days of concurrent sessions, panels, keynote plenaries, and site visits to six Washington state I-BEST community colleges. The materials from the...
Tags: Adult Basic Education, Developmental Education
Monday February 3, 2014
By guest
Experiencing “Curricular Opportunities in the Digital Age”
BY JENNA GRAVEL In “Curricular Opportunities in the Digital Age,” a paper for the Students at the Center project, David Rose and I aim to describe how technology can be used to create more student-centered learning opportunities for diverse learners within a Universal Design for Learning (UDL) context. We describe how applying the principles of UDL—provide multiple means of representation, action and expression, and engagement—to teaching practices can leverage the promise of new media to support students with varying strengths, weaknesses, and interests in reaching deep levels of thinking....
Tags: Developmental Education, Student-Centered Learning, Blended Learning
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
Wednesday October 2, 2013
By guest
The Michigan Center for Student Success (MCSS) was established in 2011 by the Michigan Community College Association (MCCA) to bring greater coherence to the plethora of ongoing state and local student success initiatives. The MCSS vision is to serve as a resource hub for Michigan’s 28 community colleges by connecting leaders, administrators, faculty, and staff in their emerging and ongoing efforts to improve student outcomes and emphasizing linkages between their efforts’ practice, research, and policy. MCSS does this with generous funding from The Kresge Foundation and a focus on four...
Tags: Developmental Education