Focusing on the crucial role of two-year community and technical colleges, the goal of this policy agenda is to make pursuit of postsecondary credentials simpler, faster, and more affordable. We call on states to strengthen alignment with K-12 education, higher education, employers, workforce development systems, and human services as they pursue strategies emphasizing talent development, efficient pathways, and student potential.
Notes / Takeaways
Focus on the talent development needs of regional and state economies.
Create efficient pathways to postsecondary credentials.
JFF research finds that states have made progress in adopting several essential policy elements, but critical gaps remain that are undercutting talent development aims and contributing to persistent disparities in education and employment outcomes.
JFF has developed a road map for crafting bold, innovative postsecondary policies that enable community colleges to play a key role in developing a strong workforce and ensuring economic opportunity for all.
Reforming math in Florida, ensuring equity in Washington, boosting student support in Michigan, partnering with the workforce system in New Jersey—JFF’s renowned network advances policies and practices that help all students attain high-value credentials.