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Brown, Catherine; Mishory, Jen; Granville, Peter – Century Foundation, 2021
The state of Michigan has set a goal to increase the percentage of residents with a postsecondary degree or credential to 60 percent by 2030. Achieving that goal will require a concerted, strategic, and multipronged effort. Today, less than 50 percent of residents have attained a postsecondary degree or credential. While making college more…
Descriptors: Low Income Students, Student Financial Aid, Grants, Access to Education
Kahlenberg, Richard D. – Century Foundation, 2021
Economically discriminatory zoning policies--which say that people are not welcome in a community unless they can afford a single-family home, sometimes on a large plot of land--run counter to American ideals and yet are pervasive in America. In most U.S. cities, zoning laws prohibit the construction of duplexes, triplexes, quads, and larger…
Descriptors: Zoning, Family Income, Housing, Laws
Dudley, Taela; Hall, Stephanie; Acosta, Alejandra; Laitinen, Amy – Century Foundation, 2021
Since the advent of online education, some colleges and universities have looked to third-party companies for help developing, marketing, and providing their online degree and certificate programs. But in recent years, those companies have expanded to run more and more of their clients' online programs. An industry has developed around online…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Higher Education, Program Administration, Accreditation (Institutions)
Potter, Halley; Toribio, Loris; Vadehra, Emma; Budhram, Nirvani; Burris, Michelle; Hackett, Jaylen; Lallinger, Stefan; Powell, Chansi; Villarreal, Rosario Quiroz; Welch, Allie – Century Foundation, 2021
For many New Yorkers, the COVID-19 pandemic has massively disrupted their ability not only to thrive, but to survive. This reality has been particularly true for the city's children and for the parents, caregivers, and educators who work hard to support them. The pandemic initially forced all of New York City's school buildings to close,…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Equal Education, Pandemics, COVID-19
Kashen, Julie; Toribio, Loris; Vadehra, Emma; Powell, Chansi; Hackett, Jaylen; Potter, Halley; Park, Nancy; Bartholomew, Ayana – Century Foundation, 2021
For children, the earliest years are critical for healthy brain development and lay the groundwork for future educational achievement, economic productivity, and lifelong health. Equitable access to affordable, high-quality, and culturally responsive child care and early learning opportunities can be life changing, shaping the trajectories of the…
Descriptors: Child Care, Child Development, Access to Education, Child Caregivers
Smith, Denise A. – Century Foundation, 2021
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are engines of upward mobility and job creation for their graduates, and these recent investments are imperative if the nation is to see progress in racial, social, and economic equity. Yet, many outside the Black community do not know much about these illustrious institutions, how their…
Descriptors: Black Colleges, Educational Equity (Finance), Educational History, Financial Support
Williams, Conor – Century Foundation, 2021
English learners (ELs) constitute a large--and growing--share of the student body in the United States. Data from the U.S. Census Bureau indicate that nearly one-quarter of U.S. children speak a language other than English at home. Furthermore, one-third of children under age 8 have at least one parent who speaks a non-English language--these…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Bilingualism, Equal Education, Census Figures
Steel, Manon; Brown, Catherine; Smith, Denise; Granville, Peter – Century Foundation, 2021
Communities with more college degrees have higher incomes, less reliance on social services, and greater economic growth. To ensure that Michigan's workforce has the skills needed for the modern economy, the state's leaders must build a financial aid system that helps families cover college costs. However, disjointed program designs, maintenance…
Descriptors: Student Financial Aid, State Programs, College Students, State Aid
Mishory, Jen; Walsh, Anthony; Granville, Peter – Century Foundation, 2020
About 19 million people submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year, making it one of the most commonly experienced federal administrative processes. The widespread reliance on the complicated form and underlying calculation of financial need have spurred efforts to simplify and improve the application process and…
Descriptors: Student Financial Aid, Low Income Students, Educational Finance, Federal Programs
Mishory, Jen; Stettner, Andrew – Century Foundation, 2020
Michigan's public higher education institutions have seen decades of decline in per-student funding, leaving students to face costs that are simply out of reach. The state, for the most part, relies on institutions to provide aid to bring down costs for students at four-year institutions, rather than providing students with aid directly via state…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Finance Reform, Public Colleges, Student Costs
Hall, Stephanie; Curtis, Ramond; Wofford, Carrie – Century Foundation, 2020
State policy leaders have an opportunity to take leadership in protecting students--and especially student veterans--from being targeted by predatory colleges. Given failings by the federal government to police for-profit colleges and to ensure basic rights for students to attend college without being defrauded, it now falls to the states to step…
Descriptors: Proprietary Schools, State Policy, Veterans, Deception
Kahlenberg, Richard D.; Potter, Halley; Quick, Kimberly – Century Foundation, 2019
At a time when democracy is fractured along the fault lines of race, ethnicity, and religion, and when social mobility has stalled, high-quality integrated public schools could take us on a better path forward. Racial and socioeconomic school integration has proven to be one of the most powerful strategies known to educators to improve the lives…
Descriptors: School Desegregation, Educational Benefits, Educational Policy, Public Policy
Potter, Halley; Nunberg, Miriam – Century Foundation, 2019
As schools of choice, charter schools typically have the flexibility to enroll students from across an area, rather than being bound to a neighborhood attendance zone. And as schools usually created from scratch, charters can build diversity into their design, choosing educational models designed to appeal to a wide range of families. In practice,…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Racial Integration, School Desegregation, Socioeconomic Status
Adan, Sara – Century Foundation, 2019
While college costs have risen significantly in the past few decades, some of those cost increases can be partially mitigated by financial aid for low-income families. But many low- and moderate-income families vastly overestimate the cost of college, leading them to assume that enrolling their children in college, particularly a four-year school,…
Descriptors: Paying for College, Student Financial Aid, Data Use, Outreach Programs
Potter, Halley; Nunberg, Miriam – Century Foundation, 2019
The relationship between charter schools and school integration has been complicated from the start. This report analyzes charter school policies and enrollment trends in each state to attempt to answer the fundamental question, How well do states support integration in charter schools? The centerpiece of the analysis is a series of state…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Geographic Location, State Policy, Educational Policy
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