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Curtis Valentine; M. Karega Rausch – Progressive Policy Institute, 2024
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have been a catalyst for transformation in K-12 through initiatives, including diversifying teaching pipelines, starting new schools, and establishing programs designed to meet the aspirations of students far away from quality opportunities. HBCUs and their alumni have played powerful roles in…
Descriptors: Black Colleges, Charter Schools, Expertise, College School Cooperation
Nguyen, Anh; Gavel, Sidney; Delgado-Medrano, Manu – Progressive Policy Institute, 2023
The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world, and as many as a third of Americans have some type of criminal record. Upon reentry, individuals with a justice history, whom referred as returning citizens, face significant barriers to economic security and reintegration into their communities. Among the most formidable barriers…
Descriptors: Institutionalized Persons, Correctional Institutions, Barriers, Entrepreneurship
Maag, Taylor – Progressive Policy Institute, 2023
Ascend Indiana is a nonprofit intermediary organization that connects Hoosiers to in-demand careers and regional employers to skilled talent, fostering cross-sector partnerships, building capacity, and developing insights that enable system-level change to transform the career trajectory of youth and adults in the community. As part of their…
Descriptors: Apprenticeships, High School Students, Experiential Learning, Work Experience Programs
Maag, Taylor – Progressive Policy Institute, 2023
Just decades ago, the internet was an entirely new concept, but it's become second nature for billions of people and is now embedded into daily life across the world. While the internet is old news, there are recent technologies like blockchain, artificial intelligence (AI), and the cloud that have gone from niche, specialized roles in the global…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Internet, Information Technology, Technological Literacy
Buffie, Nick – Progressive Policy Institute, 2023
Given the skyrocketing costs of higher education, some borrowers -- particularly those with low incomes and those who were scammed by for-profit colleges -- genuinely need assistance. But portraying student loan forgiveness as a working-class issue is highly misleading. In fact, data on student borrowing shows that debt relief benefits few…
Descriptors: College Students, Student Financial Aid, Loan Repayment, Student Loan Programs
Pankovits, Tressa – Progressive Policy Institute, 2023
Nearly 1 in 5 U.S. students attend rural schools. However, during policy discussions, rural schools' unique challenges are often eclipsed by those of their urban and suburban counterparts. This report is a case study of an innovative, replicable public education experiment at three rural Texas high schools called the Rural Schools Innovation Zone2…
Descriptors: Rural Education, Rural Schools, High Schools, School Districts
Maag, Taylor – Progressive Policy Institute, 2023
Fewer young adults believe college is important, only about one-third of the American public has confidence in higher education. A recent study from Pew Research Center revealed that Americans are increasingly concerned about affordability, access, and the overall payoff of a college degree. Meanwhile, technological advances and AI have begun to…
Descriptors: College Students, Paying for College, Federal Aid, Grants
Maag, Taylor – Progressive Policy Institute, 2023
Apprenticeship is engrained in America's history -- three of the Founding Fathers started their careers as apprentices. Apprenticeship is a model employers can trust, helping to ensure talent is prepared for in-demand opportunities while also providing a quality postsecondary path for young Americans who are questioning the traditional four-year…
Descriptors: Apprenticeships, Policy Formation, Partnerships in Education, Labor Force Development
Weinstein, Paul, Jr. – Progressive Policy Institute, 2023
America's colleges and universities are at a crossroads. The number of schools closing their doors continues to grow driven by the declining number of students pursuing a bachelor's. This situation is expected to worsen because of a number of factors: (1) Starting in 2025 the U.S. will face the so-called "enrollment cliff," in which the…
Descriptors: College Enrollment, Student Financial Aid, Labor Market, Value Judgment