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Making the Higher Education Act Work for Youth Pursuing Nondegree Pathways

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November 30, 2023

At a Glance

Now more than ever, an expanded and diverse set of education-to-career pathways is necessary for young people to gain employment, advance economically, and meet the needs of our evolving economy. The federal government, through key legislative updates, has the potential to facilitate the radical cultural and systems-level changes required to build an education-to-career system that works for today’s students and maintains our global economic competitiveness. This policy brief lays out the updates needed to the federal Higher Education Act (HEA) to help systems expand foundational and high-quality education-to-career models for young adults.

Susannah Rodrigue Senior Manager
Practices & Centers

Additional Resources

Discover the importance of education-to-career pathways with our comprehensive resources. These materials highlight how embracing diverse educational routes beyond the traditional four-year degree can enhance the diversity of education and career opportunities. Read and review our resources to understand how education systems need to adapt to this new way of thinking, driving diversity of opportunities for learners and empowering individuals with varied skills and experiences.

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