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Colleges sign on for a 15-step program to “erase equity gaps” in completion

Moon Shot for Equity expands its effort to address systemic pitfalls in higher education and eliminate equity gaps in access and completion.

September 17, 2021 | Hechinger Report
First nationwide look at racial breakdown of career education confirms deep divides

Black and Hispanic students benefit less often from classes connected to higher-paying careers and college degrees than their white peers according to new federal data on student enrollment in career and technical programs.

September 16, 2021 | Hechinger Report
Meet certificates and “microcredentials” — they could be the future of higher education

In recent years, “microcredentials” and badges have been discussed as a means to certify marketplace skills and knowledge. There is even speculation that they will replace or erode degrees.

September 13, 2021 | Hechinger Report
Liberal arts colleges must be partners in workforce development

We can use the power of the liberal arts to broaden workforce development. Liberal arts skills are really innovation skills, and must not be overlooked in the latest federal and state workforce development and education initiatives, writes Sonia Cardenas, acting dean of the faculty and vice president for academic affairs and professor of political science at Trinity College.

September 1, 2021 | Hechinger Report
A school year like no other: The class of 2021 played ‘the hand we were dealt’

As they finished high school during one of the most tumultuous years in this nation’s history, three Colorado students navigated mental health struggles, family pressures and big questions about their post-graduation plans.

August 31, 2021 | Hechinger Report
The high school-college hybrid that jumpstarts careers

Ten years on, a network of early college high schools offers industry training, two degrees and a pathway to the middle class. Despite early stumbles, it is thriving.

June 16, 2021 | Hechinger Report
The pandemic is wreaking havoc on the path to and from college

To ensure that more students, especially first-generation college students, graduate, high schools, colleges, universities and college-access organizations must create and provide a host of supports. College affordability is an important factor, but not the only one, writes Lina Bankert.

June 9, 2021 | Hechinger Report
Why rural students like me are ‘meant to be here’ in college

Challenges for rural students begin in high school and create a higher education gap we must address.

May 21, 2021 | Hechinger Report
OPINION: We should not leave Black students out of any debate to reinvent schools

My former students want a voice in what happens with post-pandemic education and beyond, writes educator Hoang Pham.

May 13, 2021 | Hechinger Report