Pathways Matter: Let’s Continuum the Conversation

Excel in Ed has established the first comprehensive learner-centered education to workforce continuum for state policy, Pathways Matter. Beginning in K-12 and extending to and through postsecondary and on to employment, this resource takes the fragmented narrative and structure of state education to workforce policy efforts and turns it into a comprehensive policy continuum. PathwaysMatter.org Read more about Pathways Matter: Let’s Continuum the Conversation[…]

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What the Research Says about College in High School Programs

The College in High School Alliance recently released the latest in a series of new fact sheets focused on providing short explainers on college in high school programs like dual enrollment, concurrent enrollment, and early college high school. The latest fact sheet, entitled What the Research Says About College in High School Programs summarizes three Read more about What the Research Says about College in High School Programs[…]

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Making the Connection: Aligning Advising to Improve Postsecondary Access and Success

A new resource from Education Strategy Group highlights the importance of prioritizing alignment of advising across K-12 and higher education, and offers a vision for achieving that alignment by laying out a concrete framework,  action steps, and resources for the many stakeholders who have a role to play.  The report recommends that all students receive Read more about Making the Connection: Aligning Advising to Improve Postsecondary Access and Success[…]

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Preparing Students of Color for the Future Workforce

A new issue brief from the Center for American Progress, Preparing Students of Color for the Future Workforce, applies a race equity, community-centered lens to understand how to prepare Black, Latinx, and Indigenous students for college and the workforce. Major themes emerged from community conversations, which have allowed the authors to identify gaps that obstruct Read more about Preparing Students of Color for the Future Workforce[…]

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Maine 2020 Early College Report

The University of Maine system has released the 2020 Early College Report, which analyzes the impact of early college (dual enrollment) programs in the state. Highlights of the report include the following: Enrollment in Early College (EC) classes has increased 76% system wide in the past five years. Students who take EC classes within the Read more about Maine 2020 Early College Report[…]

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Ready for What? How Multiple Graduation Pathways Do – and Do Not – Signal Readiness for College and Career

Postsecondary education is vital to thrive, not just survive. Eighty percent of good-paying jobs require postsecondary education, and 56 percent require a bachelor’s degree or higher. While the nation’s high school graduation rate has reached an all-time high of 85 percent, students are insufficiently prepared for postsecondary education and the workforce. About 70 percent of Read more about Ready for What? How Multiple Graduation Pathways Do – and Do Not – Signal Readiness for College and Career[…]

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State Approaches to Ensuring Quality for College in High School Programs

The College in High School Alliance has released the second in a new series of policy snapshots, designed to explore policy issues impacting college in high school programs such as dual enrollment and early college high school.  This snapshot provides a discussion about the importance of states having quality assurance mechanisms for college in high Read more about State Approaches to Ensuring Quality for College in High School Programs[…]

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College Classes for HS Students Growing in Popularity

Writing for The 74, Charlotte West reports on the growing popularity of college classes for high school students. With K-12 schools shuttered, COVID is fueling a dual-enrollment boom. Excerpts from the piece appear below: Amber Bennett was 11 when she took her first class at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio. As a seventh-grader, she Read more about College Classes for HS Students Growing in Popularity[…]

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Why not eliminate at least one year of high school entirely?

Writing for the Fordham Institute, Kalman R. Hettleman proposes a shortened high school experience to allow students to get a jump-start on postsecondary education. Excerpts from the piece appear below. Michael J. Petrilli’s recent article “Half-Time High School may be just what students need“ is compelling. Yet proposals to cut school time in half in Read more about Why not eliminate at least one year of high school entirely?[…]

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New Report Identifies Critical Predictive Metrics for Preventing a “Lost COVID Cohort”

Education Strategy Group (ESG) and the Level Up Coalition have released a new report, From Tails To Heads: Building Momentum for Postsecondary Success, estimating that there are roughly 7,000 high schools across the United States in which students of color or from low-income families have less than a 50 percent chance of transitioning directly to Read more about New Report Identifies Critical Predictive Metrics for Preventing a “Lost COVID Cohort”[…]

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A Three-year Bachelor’s Degree

Writing for AEI, Michael Poliakoff makes a case for a three-year Bachelor’s degree. Excerpts from the piece appear below: College students, regardless of their majors or professional programs, need a rigorous liberal arts core curriculum. That curriculum must efficiently develop college-level skills and knowledge in the arts and sciences disciplines that are necessary for success Read more about A Three-year Bachelor’s Degree[…]

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How can states jump-start college learning in high school?

ExcelinEd recently released a 2-minute video exploring college acceleration opportunities. College acceleration opportunities offer high school students the chance to prepare for college-level expectations while earning valuable college credit.  Best of all, the earned credit from opportunities like Advanced Placement (AP), Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), dual credit, Read more about How can states jump-start college learning in high school?[…]

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June Issue Brief: Giving Credit Where Credit is Due

Degrees, credits, credentials, certificates, badges, microcredentials, and licenses are all ways of communicating to the world that an individual has gained particular knowledge and skills. The problem is, these signals do not seamlessly build on one another to provide a true picture of an individual’s expertise. Even within the higher education system, individuals who transfer Read more about June Issue Brief: Giving Credit Where Credit is Due[…]

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New Program Gives Low-Income HS Students College Credit and a Pathway to Higher Ed

Writing for The 74, Phyllis Jordan explains a new program that is bringing college-level coursework into Title I schools. Excerpts from the piece appear below: Leaders at selective colleges and universities often say they want to recruit high-achieving students from low-income backgrounds – but can’t find them. A new program that brings college coursework into Read more about New Program Gives Low-Income HS Students College Credit and a Pathway to Higher Ed[…]

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Half-Time High School May be Just What Students Need

Writing for the Fordham Institute, Michael Petrilli explains the opportunity we have to explore the benefits of a high school schedule that looks more like a college model. Excerpts from the piece appear below: While there’s much to rue about what the pandemic has taken away, it’s possible to glimpse a future in which technology Read more about Half-Time High School May be Just What Students Need[…]

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Early College High Schools May Pay for Themselves in the Long Run

Some solutions in education are expensive. Take early college high schools, which give students a head start on their college degrees but cost about $3,800 extra per student. Are they worth it? New research suggests that these schools might actually pay for themselves in long-term benefits to both students and the public as a whole. Read more about Early College High Schools May Pay for Themselves in the Long Run[…]

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