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A Playbook to Help Colleges Bring Students Across the Degree Finish Line

As the pandemic continues to make completing a degree harder for many, the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), a nonprofit research and advocacy organization, published a playbook to help institutions support these millions of people with some credits but no degree.

January 18, 2022 | Diverese Education
Omicron surge worsens teacher shortage, closing more California schools to COVID

The omicron variant of COVID-19 has hit California’s teacher workforce so hard that many schools are weighing closure and in some cases forced to dip into emergency days. The quality of instruction is suffering, but some teachers say they still prefer this to remote instruction.

January 19, 2022 | CalMatters
Transfer enrollment steadies in fall 2021 after sharp declines the prior year

Transfer enrollment appears to have steadied in fall 2021, declining by less than 1% year over year after dropping sharply the previous fall, according to new data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.

January 19, 2022 | Higher Ed Dive
Associations challenge selectivity in college admissions, call for simplified policies

Colleges with selective admissions should evaluate whether these practices are compatible with their goals of advancing historically underrepresented students in higher education, a new report urges.

January 19, 2022 | Higher Ed Dive
California college students can get $10,000 for community service under new program

California college students will soon be able to participate in a new community service program aimed at helping them pay for college and reducing the amount of debt they take on.

January 19, 2022 | Sacramento Bee
How Elected Officials and Policymakers Can Strengthen Work-Based Education Programs for a Future-Ready Workforce

Fixing the school-to-career pipeline will become the driver of economic recovery. Schools must have the support to prepare learners for opportunities in indispensable high-wage, high-skill occupations that have proven resilient during economic upheavals, writes NAF's Tiffany Barfield.

January 19, 2022 | The 74 Million
Report Examines Dual Enrollment Programs in 16 States

A new report released by the nonprofit Southern Regional Education Board looks at dual-enrollment programs across 16 states, breaking down variances, shared elements and practices worth watching. It finds differences in how such programs are funded, student eligibility, workforce and educational goals, and more.

January 20, 2022 | Inside Higher Ed
How California districts seek to recruit, retain Black teachers amid shortage

As America attempts to reckon with racial injustice, some California school districts are adopting teacher pipeline programs specifically targeting potential Black teachers while also making efforts to retain teachers and listen to what might turn them away.

January 21, 2022 | EdSource
Not your typical shop class: New CTE program requires lessons in social skills

21st century skill requirements are part of a new framework designed to make sure students have not just the technical skills but also the relationship skills to succeed in jobs that require interaction with customers and co-workers.

January 21, 2022 | The Hechinger Report