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Center for American Progress

NEW REPORTS: The Importance of Effective and Accessible Postsecondary Education
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NEW REPORTS: The Importance of Effective and Accessible Postsecondary Education

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Center for American Progress released three reports detailing a new federal approach to ensuring student success in higher education. Two reports are research papers, while the third is CAP’s own policy agenda to enhance the effectiveness of the postsecondary education system.

Success in today’s knowledge and innovation economy depends on education and skills development beyond high school, in postsecondary education. This is as true for individuals as it is for the nation. Postsecondary education is correlated with higher personal income, economic growth, and innovation. The three reports released today look at the challenges of providing accessible and effective post-secondary education:

College-Ready Students, Student-Ready Colleges: Improving Degree Completion Through Student Empowerment and Systems Change

By Louis Soares, Christopher Mazzeo

To regain America’s global leadership in postsecondary education, especially among young adults age 25 to 34, this report lays out the details of the Center for American Progress’ recommendation that federal policy be enhanced with a stronger focus on postsecondary completion and student and college readiness.

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A Federal Agenda for Promoting Student Success and Degree Completion

By Sara Goldrick-Rab, Josipa Roksa

Federal involvement is required to guarantee that the necessary funding is provided, clear messages are communicated, and data is collected so that progress toward goals can be measured. By acting as a guiding partner in the American higher education system, national leaders—together with educators, state legislators, and families—can turn more dreams into college diplomas.

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College for All?: The Labor Market for College-Educated Workers

By Paul Osterman

This paper addresses the pros and cons of a policy aimed at substantially increasing rates of postsecondary education. The focus is whether projected employer demand justifies an expansion of college education.

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