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Flip Side of Dual Enrollment

Participation in dual enrollment programs has grown steadily since the early 2000s, with more high school students getting a head start on college and not only wealthy ones. But while dual enrollment has broad support from students and policymakers, it can place a financial strain on colleges. “The research shows that students who participate in dual enrollment programs are more likely to graduate and go on to post-secondary education,” said Amy Williams, executive director of the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP).


Return of the Near-Completers: State Progress with Adult Students

As we all know, many states continue to push for increased attainment rates aligned with state workforce needs. In the quest to increase attainment, many states began focusing on the near-completer population to help adults return to higher education for credential completion. However, this population proves to be difficult to reach and comes with barriers to returning including financial roadblocks, full-time work schedules and campus accessibility. In response to these barriers, some states introduced policies and programs to ease the transition back to higher education and increase accessibility for this student population. A few state examples include Indiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.


An Analysis of State Postsecondary Governance Structures

This Policy Guide examines the various state postsecondary governance models and their components, and also offers questions for further consideration.


New Report Creates Groundbreaking Framework for Supporting Diverse Student Populations in Higher Education

A new report from USC Pullias Center for Higher Education and the American Council on Education (ACE) presents an innovative approach for higher education institutions to better support students from diverse backgrounds.  “Creating a Diverse Student Success Infrastructure: The Key to Catalyzing Cultural Change for Today’s Student” discusses how colleges and universities can fulfill a student success agenda through the creation of a diverse infrastructure that enables the overall institution to effectively mobilize to serve diverse student populations.


Pullias Center Research Spotlights Impact of Academic Validation on Comprehensive College Transition Programs

New research from The Pullias Center for Higher Education confirms that how comprehensive college transition program (CCTP) elements are implemented is more important that what elements are included within the support program.  The findings highlight the crucial role that academic validation plays within CCTPs. Postsecondary institutions often create CCTPs to provide academic and social support for underserved students as they transition to college and begin their academic journey at the institution.  The new paper, published in a special edition of American Behavioral Scientist available now online and in print soon, draws data from a longitudinal mixed-method study of a CCTP program that exists on the three University of Nebraska campuses.