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ERIC Number: ED633252
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2023-Oct
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
Revisiting Super Pell: Empowering Students to Earn the Skills They Need to Succeed
Maag, Taylor
Progressive Policy Institute
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 change the world of work, altering the credentials and skills needed for success. Many Americans have come to believe that traditional degree programs do not meet these new industry demands. Public policy has not kept up with these changing demands. While dramatically expanding financial support for college students, Washington has chronically underinvested in workforce development and the ability for non-degree workers and learners to acquire in-demand skills. Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) believes "Super Pell" grants aimed at helping future and current workers acquire valuable in-demand skills can help bridge that gap. PPI scholar Paul Weinstein proposed reforming Pell to establish a single higher education grant that would be more generous, easier to access, and financed by folding the myriad of existing tax incentives and higher education spending programs into one offering. He later renamed it "Super Pell" and PPI added to the idea in 2019 in the progressive budget for equitable growth. This policy brief dives into why Super Pell is needed now, why this proposal is different than what's out there and action that has been done to date.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Progressive Policy Institute (PPI)
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Pell Grant Program
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A