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STUDENT ACCESS AND SUCCESS

The following documents highlight state efforts to improve access to higher education and completion of degree programs.

 

FINANCE, FUNDING AND AFFORDABILITY

With tuition consistently increasing faster than the rate of inflation, higher education finance, funding and affordability have become important issues for state policymakers.

HIGHER ED WORKFORCE CONNECTIONS

Modern state economies require highly skilled workforces. The following documents focus on state efforts to meet current and future workforce demands.

 

 

 

 

OTHER HOT TOPICS

Higher education is a rapidly changing policy area. Technology, diverse student bodies, improved data collection methods, and many other topics require innovative policy solutions.

 

 

OVERVIEW | HIGHER EDUCATION

The importance of postsecondary education has increased significantly in the last decade. A high school diploma is no longer sufficient in the 21st century. In order to be successful in today’s global economy a person must receive some form of postsecondary education. The economic stability of the state is tied to citizens who are employed and productive. 

The documents in this collection deal with the many challenges state lawmakers face in relation to postsecondary education, including funding, access, accountability, the role of alternative providers in the marketplace and the changing needs of a more diverse student population.

 

 

 
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  • Undocumented Student Tuition: Overview

    An estimated 65,000 unauthorized immigrant students graduate from United States high schools each year but only five percent of these students attend college. In most states these same students aren't eligible for the significantly lower in-state tuition rates, making higher education a financial hurdle.

  • K12, College, and the Workforce: Collaborating to Prepare for Jobs of the Future

    The Great Recession has underscored the shift from an industrial-based economy to a knowledge-based economy with a lack of skilled, educated workers to fill these available jobs. Notably these new jobs would bring an increased return on investment to state economies, as those jobs usually require a high level of skill, pay well and generate higher revenues for states.

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