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Tuesday April 25, 2017
JFF Staff Respond to the Skinny Budget: Let’s Not Forget, Investments in College Innovation Keep Giving
I couldn’t agree more with Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ comments following her recent visit to Valencia Community College. Touring their Advanced Manufacturing Training Center, she declared “Community colleges are a tremendous option, a tremendous opportunity and a tremendous on-ramp for many students.” Valencia’s programs were built with support from the U.S. Department Of Labor’s (DOL) Trade Adjustment Act Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program, a $1.9 million investment in the nation’s community colleges. TAACCCT supports accelerated community college reforms...
Tags: Federal Higher Education Policy, Federal Workforce Policy, Federal K-12 Policy, Economic Mobility
Friday April 21, 2017
When we think about college in this country, top-tier institutions like Harvard, Yale, and Stanford come to mind, in part because there is no shortage of media coverage of college rankings and admissions at the top. In the last couple weeks alone there were two separate stories about high school students who got accepted to all eight Ivy League schools. On April 5, 2017, CBS News reported “17-year-old New Jersey teen accepted into all 8 Ivy League schools,” and CNN posted “North Dakota teen gets accepted by all 8 Ivy League schools.” On the same day, news outlets posted a story about four...
Tags: Credentials, Federal Higher Education Policy, Developmental Education
Tuesday April 4, 2017
The Administration’s Skinny Budget Has Outsized Negative Impacts for Americans Although we don’t know the full details of the President’s proposed budget, beyond that provided in the recently revealed “skinny budget,” we at Jobs for the Future (JFF) are very concerned that dramatic cuts to critical programs such as workforce development and student aid and supports—that are designed to prepare America’s current and future workforce—are counterproductive, particularly at a time when the skills of American workers are essential to U.S. and individual economic prosperity. While we are...
Tags: Federal Higher Education Policy, Federal Workforce Policy, Federal K-12 Policy, Economic Mobility
Thursday September 8, 2016
Originally posted on Completion By Design's blog on September 7, 2016. The completion agenda has been effective in shifting the national conversation on postsecondary attainment from access to completion, as reflected in the measurable completion goals set to be achieved by Lumina Foundation, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Obama Administration, and numerous states. This is tremendous progress, but for low-income Americans who seek postsecondary credentials to secure employment and advance in our economy, it is not enough to simply complete. Several recent studies from the...
Tags: Credentials, Labor Market Information, Federal Higher Education Policy, Developmental Education
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