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Blurring Boundaries: Transforming Place, Policies, and Partnerships for Postsecondary Education Attainment in Metropolitan Areas
This report, Blurring Boundaries: Transforming Place, Policies, and Partnerships for Postsecondary Education Attainment in Metropolitan Areas, examines efforts to improve educational attainment rates in select metropolitan statistical areas by considering policies that either inhibit or facilitate degree production, and identifying metropolitan-level, cross-sector collaborations that help local leaders contribute to national completion goals. Through five case studies, the report also presents a set of recommendations for policymakers and community leaders as they consider resources, programs, and policies for raising attainment.
Creating New Pathways to Postsecondary: Evaluation of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundationâ??s Postsecondary Success Initiative Executive Summary
This is the final evaluation report for NYEC's Postsecondary Success Initiative, which is part of the Postsecondary Success Strategies initiative by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. 
CCRC Intensity and Attachment

This paper examines the relationship between community college enrollment patterns and two successful student outcomesâ??credential completion and transfer to a four-year institution. It also introduces a new way of visualizing the various attendance patterns of community college students. Patterns of enrollment intensity (full-time or part-time status) and continuity (enrolling in consecutive terms or skipping one or more terms) are graphed and then clustered according to their salient features.

Using data on cohorts of first-time community college students at five colleges in a single state, the author finds that, over an 18-semester period, 10 patterns of attendance account for nearly half the students. Among the remaining students who persisted, there is astounding variation in their patterns of enrollment. Clustering these patterns reveals two relationships: the first is a positive association between enrollment continuity and earning a community college credential, and the second is a positive association between enrollment intensity and likelihood of transfer.

NHSA- Breaking the Cycle of Poverty in Families: Two-generation strategies for working with disconnected young parents and their children

Executive Summary:

"Over 1.4 million youth ages 15-24 are out-of-school and out-of-work (OSOW) and are raising dependent children.  When youth are out of the education system, lack early work experience, and cannot find employment, the likelihood is poor that they will have the means to support themselves and the needs of their children.  Too often, this traps their families in a cycle of poverty for generations.

Until communities offer multiple pathways to connect with ladders of opportunity, many young families headed by OSOW youth will be unable to achieve financial independence.  To break the cycle of poverty, many human service organizations use two-generation approaches with 'young families' (that is, families with children in which the parent is an OSOW young person ages 15-24 years).  One hallmark of these two-generation approaches is the use of strategies that address the developmental needs of the young parents, their children, and their families as a whole.

The National Human Services Assembly (NHSA), an association of America's leading nonprofit human service providers, conducted an exploratory study of two-generation programs already in place within its member organizations.  The Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF) supported this effort, which sought to document quality two-generation programs and identify program elements that strengthen young families.  The study eventually engaged 32 NHSA members and affiliates in sharing their knowledge about two-generation approaches and providing connections to programs that re-engage young parents in education and/or work, nurture parent-child bonds, improve children's wellbeing, and connect families with economic, social, and other supports.

This report features case studies of two-generation programs, describes elements associated with successful outcomes, and recommends future work."

Searching for Our Lost Associate's Degrees - IHEP Report from October 2013
This report, released in October 2013 by the Institute for Higher Education Policy, dicusses the implementation and implications of a multi-state project to re-engage students who dropped out of Associate's Degree programs despite being within striking distance of attaining the degree.
The State of Education for Native Students - August 2013
This issue brief, entitled "The State of Education for Native Students," was released by The Education Trust in August 2013.
Education to Employment: Designing a System that Works
This report by McKinsey & Company's Center for Government examines dual global crises- high levels of youth unemploym,ent and a shortage of job seekers with critical job skills. It focuses on skill development, giving special attention to mechanisms that connect education to employment.
ACT 2012 National Curriculum Survey
The Survey asks educators about what they teach in their courses and how important they feel various topics are for students to know to be succcessful in the courses and future courses. The survey also targeted policy implications on preparing for higher standards. Queried educators included those teaching at the middle school level all the way through the postscondary level.
Eduployment: Creating Opportunity Policies for America's You
The paper, Eduployment: Creating Opportunity Policies for America's Youth, calls for powerful "opportunity" policies to address the crisis in education and employment for youth in the United States, especially our young people who are falling through the cracks in public systems of education, child welfare, and juvenile justice. The paper introduces the concept of "eduployment," which recognizes that learning and work are inextricably linked and opportunity policies for youth must prepare young people for postsecondary success, rather than the outmoded college or career tracks.
Report on Strategies for Improving Community College Student Success
In April 2013, Our Piece of the Pie released this report, entitled "Pathways through College: Strategies for Improving Community College Student Success." It outlines the completion challenge facing community college students across the country and summarizes the strategies the colleges can pursue to improve student success.
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