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Complete College America, 2019
This report guides implementation of Purpose First, Complete College America's (CCA's) strategy that creates a "missing link" between career choice, guided pathways, and first-year momentum. This report lays out the components of a Purpose First experience focused on helping students explore interests and careers, make informed choices…
Descriptors: Program Implementation, College Programs, Career Choice, Career Exploration
Complete College America, 2019
Far too often, today's college students find themselves wandering through their academic experiences, choosing from a dizzying array of majors, courses, and out-of-classroom learning experiences. And while this smorgasbord of options is often portrayed as beneficial to the student experience, more than a decade of research suggests that too many…
Descriptors: Career Exploration, Educational Planning, Outcomes of Education, Career Choice
Complete College America, 2017
In 2016, "New Rules: Policies to Strengthen and Scale the Game Changers" was published. In a sea of policy briefs and white papers, policymakers still lacked the tools they needed to do effective college completion work. Since the first version of this resource was published, a lot has changed: (1) After years of efforts to raise…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Educational Attainment, Educational Objectives, Student Educational Objectives
Zaback, Katie; Carlson, Andrew; Laderman, Sophia; Mann, Sharmila – Complete College America, 2016
If states are to achieve their postsecondary education attainment goals they must take direct and immediate action to address the equity gaps between underserved populations and white and Asian students who are succeeding at higher rates. Not only is earning a postsecondary credential essential for individual economic vitality, but it is necessary…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Disproportionate Representation, Minority Group Students, Achievement Gap
Vandal, Bruce – Complete College America, 2014
Evidence is mounting that the vast majority of students who are currently placed into prerequisite remedial education could be successful in gateway college-­level courses if they receive additional academic support as a corequisite. Recent research on college placement exams reveals that the exams are unreliable at predicting college success, and…
Descriptors: Academic Support Services, College Readiness, Student Placement, Eligibility
Vandal, Bruce – Complete College America, 2014
With research indicating that upwards of 50 percent of all new entering postsecondary education students are placed into remedial education and that students placed into remedial education are less likely to earn a postsecondary credential, policymakers and postsecondary leaders alike have committed themselves to transforming remedial education in…
Descriptors: Academic Support Services, Remedial Programs, Postsecondary Education, Developmental Studies Programs
Complete College America, 2014
In American higher education, it has become the accepted standard to measure graduation rates at four-year colleges on a six-year time frame. Evaluations of two-year community colleges are now based on three-year graduation rates. Metrics like these are unacceptable, especially when we consider that students and their families are trying…
Descriptors: Paying for College, College Students, College Graduates, Graduation Rate
Jones, Dennis – Complete College America, 2012
Performance funding--the linking of allocation of resources to accomplishment of certain desired outcomes--is an idea that is once again finding favor with policymakers. It has intuitive appeal; what's not to like about paying for results? While it is a notion that makes common sense to most decisionmakers, it is an idea with a very checkered…
Descriptors: Resource Allocation, Financial Support, Achievement, Higher Education
Complete College America, 2012
The mere mention of so-called "performance funding" makes college presidents and the higher education community nervous. It's an understandable reaction to a concept that too often results in an overly complex outcome. Still, the basic principle of "investing the limited resources states have in the results they want" is fundamentally sound--and…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Higher Education, Funding Formulas, Resource Allocation
Jones, Stan – Complete College America, 2012
This paper presents Stan Jones' testimony before the United States House of Representatives Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training. In his testimony, he talks about a new American majority of students that is emerging on campuses, especially at community colleges. These students must delicately balance long hours at jobs they must…
Descriptors: Higher Education, College Graduates, Educational Change, Federal Legislation
Complete College America, 2012
The intentions were noble. It was hoped that remediation programs would be an academic bridge from poor high school preparation to college readiness. Sadly, remediation has become instead higher education's "Bridge to Nowhere." This broken remedial bridge is travelled by some 1.7 million beginning students each year, most of whom will…
Descriptors: Higher Education, College Preparation, Remedial Instruction, Developmental Studies Programs
Complete College America, 2012
Navigating the complicated path through college can be a difficult task. The report analyses the problems students have on graduating on time--such as earning unnecessary credits--which costs them collectively billions of dollars and millions of hours each year. It also proposes a possible solution--Guided Pathways to Success (GPS), which can…
Descriptors: Time to Degree, School Guidance, College Students, College Credits
Complete College America, 2011
Unless the United States moves with urgency, today's young people will be the first generation in American history to be less educated than their predecessors. Consider this a sobering wake-up call--and an urgent appeal for action now. In this report, one will get an unprecedented look behind the ivy-covered walls of America's public colleges and…
Descriptors: Higher Education, College Freshmen, Public Colleges, Remedial Instruction
Johnson, Nate – Complete College America, 2011
The old saying that time is money is nowhere more true than in U.S. higher education. Time is measured two ways in academia--by the calendar and by the credit hour. Both can be costly, whether in the form of tuition, taxpayer subsidies, or the wages students lose with each additional term enrolled. For many years, in credit terms, the standard for…
Descriptors: Time to Degree, College Credits, Student Financial Aid, Associate Degrees
Complete College America, 2010
A new American majority of students is emerging on campuses, especially at community colleges. These students must delicately balance long hours at jobs they must have with the higher education they desire. Even though this emerging majority has fundamentally different needs, American higher education in general has been slow to change, continuing…
Descriptors: Higher Education, College Graduates, Stakeholders, Community Colleges
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