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Ositelu, Monique O.; McCann, Clare; Laitinen, Amy – New America, 2021
Given the rapid growth in short-term programs, and policymakers' fast-growing interest to invest federal higher education dollars into very-short-term credentials, we explore what the research does--and does not--show us about such credentials' utility in the labor market. With concerns about equity, our review of the literature guides us towards…
Descriptors: Credentials, Education Work Relationship, Outcomes of Education, Higher Education
Ositelu, Monique O. – New America, 2021
Policymakers are interested in extending federal higher education dollars to programs fewer than 15 weeks. This analysis shares key facts about the outcomes and equity implications of very-short-term (15 weeks or fewer) programs. This analysis of nationally representative survey data from the Adult Training and Education Survey, combined with…
Descriptors: Credentials, Program Length, Program Effectiveness, Education Work Relationship
Dunlap, Jill; Palmer, Iris; Wesley, Alexa – New America, 2021
The use of student data to inform decision-making and communication is still evolving in higher education. Often missing from campus conversations about use of student data are student voices about their preferences and needs. NASPA and New America engaged in a joint research effort to better understand student perceptions of data use within…
Descriptors: Data Use, Student Attitudes, Decision Making, Trust (Psychology)
Guernsey, Lisa; Prescott, Sabia; Park, Claire – New America, 2021
In the fall and winter of 2020, New America embarked on a snapshot study to gather data on how--or if--people were discovering, accessing, and using their public libraries during the COVID-19 pandemic, with a focus on materials that libraries made available online. Our findings, which include data from a national survey of 2,620 people, highlight…
Descriptors: Public Libraries, COVID-19, Pandemics, Library Services
Villegas, Leslie; Garcia, Amaya – New America, 2021
English learners (ELs) represent a growing share of the student population in the United States, yet are often sidelined in federal education policy discussions. At present, an uneven approach has yielded sharp differences in ELs' educational experiences, with some states prioritizing bilingual education models and others emphasizing…
Descriptors: Public Policy, Educational Policy, English Language Learners, State Policy
Tooley, Melissa; Hood, Joseph – New America, 2021
This brief draws upon its companion report, "Harnessing Micro-credentials for Teacher Growth: A National Review of Early Best Practices," as well as New America's previous work on educator micro-credentials, to outline a set of model policy proposals for states to effectively incorporate high-quality micro-credentials into educator…
Descriptors: Credentials, State Policy, Educational Policy, Best Practices
Tooley, Melissa; Hood, Joseph – New America, 2021
New America analyzed the national landscape of educator micro-credentials (MCs) to determine how to best harness their potential to more successfully attract, develop, and retain great teachers. We find MCs to be a promising alternative to more traditional (and largely ineffective), compliance-focused teacher professional development, as well as…
Descriptors: Credentials, Public Policy, Educational Policy, Alternative Teacher Certification
New America, 2021
The goal of safely and sustainably reopening K-12 school buildings for in-person learning is widely recognized as critical to minimizing the impact of academic, social, emotional, and mental strains brought forth by the COVID-19 pandemic. In order for in-person learning to succeed on an ongoing basis, schools must be able to offer safe…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, School Safety, Disease Control
McCarthy, Mary Alice; Van Horn, Carl; Prebil, Michael – New America, 2021
When the COVID-19 pandemic plunged the economy back into recession in early 2020, it laid bare a fragile and profoundly inequitable labor market. The economic expansion that reigned from 2009 through 2019 brought historically low unemployment and inflation but failed to reduce income inequality or arrest the decline in the number of high-quality,…
Descriptors: Federal Programs, Employment Programs, Public Policy, Educational Policy
Van Horn, Carl; McCarthy, Mary Alice – New America, 2021
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) recently projected record-breaking growth in 2021, but it is premature to celebrate this rosy macroeconomic picture. In the same document, the CBO also made an alarming prediction: The U.S. labor market will not fully recover until 2024. Recent U.S. jobs reports reveal the depth of the pandemic-created…
Descriptors: Economic Climate, Labor Market, COVID-19, Pandemics
Prescott, Sabia – New America, 2021
To better understand the intersection of digital equity and culturally responsive education (CRE), and what it will take to use this moment as a catalyst for change, a roundtable of 11 educators, scholars, and instructional technologists convened virtually in the fall of 2020 from different backgrounds: PreK-12 classroom educators, professors of…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Access to Computers, Culturally Relevant Education
Whistle, Wesley – New America, 2021
The collapse of good labor market opportunities for workers without a college degree is the elephant in the room in higher education policy discussions today. A high school diploma no longer provides a guarantee of financial security, let alone opens the door to the middle class. In response, some lawmakers and advocates have introduced a host of…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Policy, Nontraditional Education, Program Length
Guernsey, Lisa – New America, 2021
In 2020, New America embarked on a year-long initiative with librarians in children's and youth services across three library systems in Illinois. The aim was to build staff members' skills and confidence in media mentorship--the act of mentoring and providing tailored guidance to students and families in selecting, analyzing, and using media to…
Descriptors: Librarians, Mentors, Educational Media, Public Libraries
Fishman, Rachel; Nguyen, Sophie – New America, 2021
In 2018, New America partnered with uAspire, a nonprofit focused on college access and affordability, to review thousands of financial aid offers from over 500 colleges and universities. The resulting report, "Decoding the Cost of College: The Case for Transparent Financial Aid Award Letters," recommended several minimum bars financial…
Descriptors: Student Costs, Student Financial Aid, Letters (Correspondence), Access to Information
Acosta, Alejandra; Palmer, Iris; Romo-González, Lupita – New America, 2021
The pandemic was, in some ways, a sneak preview of higher education's future, one in which technology-mediated and -enabled education is ubiquitous, but with the potential for deep inequities in access to high-quality learning. This report describes some of the ways in which higher education succeeded and fell short during the remarkable 2020-21…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, School Closing, Educational Technology
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