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Blueprint for College Readiness: a 50-State Policy Analysis (Report) - The Blueprint features a first-of-its-kind analysis of the top 10 critical K-12 and higher education policies promoting college readiness and success. Designed to serve as a framework to help K-12 and higher education leaders conceptualize the key policies promoting college readiness, the Blueprint also shows the extent to which each state is pursuing them with a data portal. (Emmy Glancy, Mary Fulton, Lexi Anderson, Jennifer Dounay Zinth and Maria Millard, ECS, October 2014) ...

Blueprint for College Readiness: a 50-State Policy Analysis (Data Portal) - The Blueprint data portal allows exploration of the 50-state analysis, showing the extent to which each state is pursuing the 10 critical policies promoting college readiness and success. (Emmy Glancy, Mary Fulton, Lexi Anderson, Jennifer Dounay Zinth and Maria Millard, ECS, October 2014)...

From the ECS State Policy Database: Postsecondary Participation--Access/Outreach - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

From the ECS State Policy Database: Postsecondary Students--Adults - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

From the ECS State Policy Database: Postsecondary Participation - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

From the ECS State Policy Database: Postsecondary Participation--Affirmative Action - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

From the ECS State Policy Database: Postsecondary Students--Minority - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

Strategies to Empower Low-Income and Minority Students in Gaining Admission to and Paying for College PDF - This policy brief identifies barriers created by federal, state and local policies that pose a particular challenge for aspiring first-generation college students in the college and financial aid application process, and provides suggestions for how state-level policy might address each barrier. A final section on "other" barriers to college entry seeks to alert policymakers to emerging issues for which adequate institutional, state and federal policy responses are needed. (Jennifer Dounay, Education Commission of the States, November 2008)...

Missing the Bus: Colorado's Elite College Access Gap - Of all Colorado public high school graduates, 57 percent enroll in college, and 10 percent matriculate to a top-tier school. Colorado students are slightly underrepresented in selective colleges. Among recommendations: collect more transparent and accessible data, change communication and messaging around college attendance and improve college readiness. (A+ Denver, November 2014)...

Fact Book Bulletin: Minority Enrollment Gains Show Region’s Progress Toward College Completion Goals - This report provides data that show that increases in minority student enrollment accounted for almost two-thirds of the total growth in college enrollment in the SREB region from 2005 to 2010. About 700,000 more minority students and 412,000 white students enrolled over the period, the report notes. This is encouraging progress toward meeting the nation’s and SREB states’ college completion goals for all groups of students, which many experts believe is needed to meet work force demands and increase international competitiveness. (SREB, June 2012)...

Men's Increase in College Enrollment Breaks Long-Term Trend--Rises Faster Than Rate for Women - This report provides data that shows that in a historic turnaround, the number of men enrolled in college increased faster than the number of women in SREB states from 2005 to 2010. For 30 years, increases in women college enrollment outnumbered gains for men, but the growth rate for men topped the women's rate in every SREB state except Georgia and Kentucky over the 2005 to 2010 period. College enrollment in the region exceeded 7 million in 2010 — about one-third of the national total. (SREB, Jun 2012)...

Most AA Graduates Pursue Baccalaureate Degrees, But Many Lack Information About Articulation Policies - As directed by the legislature, this report examines the rate at which students with AA degrees enter baccalaureate degree programs in Florida. (OPPAGA, January 2010)...


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