students fall off the path to success and to make changes in policy and practice to increase degree completion. The Education Trust, working with the National Association of System Heads, will distribute the report to leaders of higher education systems across the country.
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In case you missed it - Strategies for Improving Higher Education in California: Some Lessons from Florida for California's Higher Education Policy
This new policy brief examines the public higher education policies and practices of the state of Florida in order to determine possible lessons for California in its efforts to increase student success and degree completion. Florida was chosen for evaluation due to its large and diverse higher education system, the importance of community colleges in its higher education system, and its participation in national projects and education reform efforts. While Florida still faces significant challenges, some of the state’s policy approaches for public higher education warrant consideration in California’s quest for improvement -- specifically the comprehensive student data system, policies related to student transfer from community colleges, statewide Career Technical Education program standards, and standardized policies for assessment, placement and remediation.
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Achieving the Dream Initiative Report – Achieving the Dream, launched in 2004, is a multiyear, national initiative focused on providing states and system heads the necessary tools to help improve community college student success. The initiative, largely funded by the Lumina Foundation, is coordinated by Jobs for the Future, a non-profit organization aimed at identifying, developing and promoting new education and workforce strategies. Jobs for the Future (JFF) has worked with state and education leaders in the 100 colleges and 16 participating states to create a “student success policy framework” which emphasizes:
• A clear public policy commitment to student success
• A strong performance measurement and data-driven accountability system
• Assessment and placement policies that accelerate the progress of underprepared students
• Incentives to promote student persistence and completion, and
• Aligned expectations and transitions across educational sectors.
Jobs for the Future recently released a report outlining the progress the 16 states have made using the framework. Based on the report, a majority of the states have already adopted, or are in the process of adopting, these new policies, which center on community college student success, especially for underprepared and low-income students.
Click the links below to access the report and for more information on Achieving the Dream.
JFF report: Good Data. Strong Commitment. Better Policy. Improved Outcomes
Achieving the Dream Initiative