Here are some new resources and news for the field of higher education.

WY – educators, advocates push for better access to education in prisons 

Some Wyoming officials and educators are pushing for better access to post-secondary education for people in state prisons. It’s part of an initiative from a national organization to make higher education more available in state facilities. (Wyoming Tribune Eagle)

Public school funding and postsecondary outcomes in Illinois: What is reasonable to expect from Illinois’ school funding reforms?

This study bridges the gap between P-12 and postsecondary research to explore how school funding policies can affect educational mobility and postsecondary outcomes. Findings demonstrate that differential public school funding patterns across Illinois’ school districts can affect college readiness, enrollment, and completion. (Illinois Education Research Council)

Role of education in work experience programs

Work experience programs include internships, co-ops, practicums, clerkships, externships, residencies, clinical experiences, and apprenticeships. In 2016, a total of 21 percent of adults had completed a work experience program at some point. Among adults who had completed a work experience program, 65 percent completed their last work experience program as part of a postsecondary education program, while only four percent completed their last work experience program as part of a high school program. About three-quarters of adults who completed a work experience program outside of education were paid a wage (74 percent), compared to less than half (39 percent) of those whose program was part of postsecondary education. Adults who completed a work experience program as part of postsecondary education, rather than outside of education, more often reported that the program helped prepare them for a certification or license (58 percent to 29 percent, respectively). (National Center for Education Statistics)

Community college graduation rates jumped after Tennessee promise, numbers show 

The 2015 graduation numbers were almost seven points higher than the 2014 group. (Tennessean)

The bad first job’s lingering impact 

A new report finds that bachelor’s degree recipients whose first job does not require a degree are more likely to remain “underemployed” five years later and women fare worse than men. (Inside Higher Ed)

Georgetown researchers: Majors matter in higher-ed decisions 

The Georgetown Center came up with information and guidelines from its research to help prospective college students and their families select programs that will best fulfill their educational and financial goals. (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)

New questions on racial disparity and student debt 

Early takeaways from new federal data show a lower proportion of some nontraditional student types and racial disparities in graduate borrowing. (Inside Higher Ed)

The time to begin building tomorrow’s workforce is now 

Today’s state revenue surpluses are an opportunity to prepare for the next downturn by investing in education and talent.

CCE 2018: Supporting students’ futures through college and career readiness partnerships 

Register now to attend the eighth annual College Changes Everything® (CCE) conference – the state’s premier college access and success event. This one day conference focuses on effective practices and showcases resources available to help with increasing access to postsecondary education, college completion, and career readiness. The conference also supports the state’s Goal 2025 – to increase the proportion of adults in Illinois with high-quality college degrees and postsecondary credentials to 60% by the year 2025.  July 19, 2018, 8 a.m.—4:30 p.m., Tinley Park Convention Center, Tinley Park, Illinois

Higher Education Act hits a wall:

Don’t expect the much-anticipated Senate rewrite of the federal higher education law to emerge this year.