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


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
Friday March 13, 2015
This post explores another example in our series about state funding solutions to support integrated career pathways. Work like this is part of our Accelerating Opportunity initiative, which leads more underserved learners through Adult Basic Education to a credential of value in the labor market through these pathways. Our previous post covered Washington’s use of SNAP E&T funds to support education and job training for low-income adults.  For more information, read about why it is important to create a policy environment that is conducive to the success of programs like Accelerating...
Tags: State-Local Higher Education Policy, Career Pathways, Adult Basic Education