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RESEARCH AND PUBLICATIONS

Mar 2, 2017
Today is national “Read Across America Day,” an annual program sponsored by the National Education Association to ensure that every child celebrates reading today on Dr. Seuss' birthday. In Colorado and across the country, schools, libraries, community centers, hospitals, churches, and bookstores...
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 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...
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 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...
Sep 12, 2016
At a time when Colorado is making significant efforts to close our state’s skills gap — that is, the gap between the number of jobs requiring postsecondary skills and the people with the education and training to fill them — helping “post-traditional” working-age adults succeed in postsecondary education is more important than ever....
Jul 6, 2016
Closing the skills gap between the jobs that employers need to fill and the individuals trained to fill them remains a key goal of workforce development efforts at both the state and federal levels. But developing effective programs to accomplish this goal can be a challenge. A...
Jun 24, 2016
Making postsecondary education more accessible and affordable is a hot topic at both the federal and state levels. One approach receiving increased attention has been the notion of free community college. A recent policy brief from The American Association of State Colleges and Univers...

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