AUTHORS: Frank Waterous | The Bell Policy Center

AUTHORS: Frank Waterous

Feb 21, 2017
Colorado’s African American students are increasingly benefiting from concurrent enrollment as a way to earn college-level credit while still enrolled in high school. All of these students will get a jump start on college. Some may even earn a certificate or associate’s degree prior to graduation without having to pay for the courses. And as the Co...
Feb 15, 2017
I recently attended the National Skills Coalition Skills Summit in Washington, D.C. Even I was surprised by my key takeaway. Yes, there’s a great deal of uncertainty about President Trump’s agenda for postsecondary education, skills training, and workforce development. But, I left D.C. at least somewhat reassured that the skills agenda can move for...
Feb 7, 2017
Students at Colorado’s four-year for-profit colleges have significantly worse outcomes than their peers at public and private nonprofit institutions on several key measures including the likelihood of completing a degree, the amount of loan debt owed and the prevalence of defaulting on their federal loans. For-profit schools include chains like DeV...
Feb 3, 2017
In Colorado, we’re working hard to help everyone get the education and training they need to realize their full economic potential. I’m part of a state coalition called Skills2Compete and several of us are headed to Washington, D.C. for the national “Skills Summit” hosted by the National Skills Coalition. Our collective vision includes growing the...
Jan 11, 2017
Education has always been a key stepping stone to success in the U.S. But some adults don’t have the education they need to access post-secondary education and good jobs. Without diplomas and key skills, these adults can struggle. In Colorado, about 340,000 adults between the ages of 18 and 64 lack a high school diploma or its equivalent. That’s al...
Oct 26, 2016
How can state policy and advocacy groups expand access to skills, credentials and family-supporting careers, particularly for individuals and families facing barriers to economic opportunity? That was the focus of “Skills in the States: A Cross-State Forum for Policy, Advocacy, and Impact,” hosted by the National Skills Coalition in Detro...
Oct 12, 2016
Among the challenges many postsecondary students face in pursuing and completing their studies is an alarmingly high level of food insecurity. This is the key finding of a new report, based on a survey of almost 3,800 students at 34 two-ye...
Oct 6, 2016
Our new research report discusses an important emerging strategy that helps low- to moderate-income families move out of poverty, known as a two-generation approach.  Our research focused on a specific aspect of the two-generation model — o...

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