One outcome the Talent Dividend Network is working toward is to collect and share best practices in boosting college attainment rates. When we talk about best practices, we mean evidence-based programs that everyone can see are having a positive impact on college attainment. Got one you’d like to share?
University of Houston Reverse Transfer Initiative
The goal of the reverse transfer initiative is to award students associate’s degrees by returning transcripts of UH transfer students to the feeder colleges for evaluation. Students may be awarded associate’s degrees by the feeder college based on the number of credit hours earned while attending UH for their bachelor’s degree. UH completes the process electronically beginning with emails to students, the wiring transcripts back to the schools and even evaluation. Feeder colleges such as Houston Community College, Lone Star Community College, and San Jacinto College are partners in the effort, and benefit from students added to their completion rates.
In September of 2010 University of Houston returned 2000 transcripts to feeder colleges for evaluation. The effort required both internal and external cooperation which University of Houston achieved through 5 years of work between 2005 and 2010. Evidence suggests 90% of students were granted an associate’s based on the credit hours earned between their feeder college and the University of Houston, deeming the Reverse Transfer Program a success. Students are able to receive an associate’s degree on the way to their bachelor’s degree which is beneficial to their careers beyond educational achievement.
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Low-Income and Minority Students Needed in STEM Pipeline
March 26, 2013 http://www.huffingtonpost.com
The United States does not currently produce enough qualified workers to meet the demand for STEM employees. The current STEM pipeline is woefully insufficient.
Early college movement stronger than ever | Jobs for the Future
March 26, 2013 http://www.jff.org
Early college movement stronger than ever 246 schools boast 93% graduation rate, 76% college-going rate BOSTON, MA (March 25, 2013) - More than 75,000 high school students nationwide-most from underserved populations-are learning college-level material and earning free college credit. All this week, early college supporters are celebrating the success of this movement and encouraging other districts to join in.
10 Models for Student-Loan Repayment
March 26, 2013 http://www.americanprogress.org
SOURCE: AP/Ed Andrieski Download the details of all 10 models (PDF) Endnotes and citations are available in the PDF version of this issue brief. As more students are struggling to pay back their student loans after graduation, it is now more important than ever for borrowers to have access to a student-loan-repayment plan that eases the burden of repayment and minimizes the risk of default.
This is the Year Colleges Will Start Taking Online Education Seriously
March 13, 2013 http://www.policymic.com
"Big breakthroughs happen when what is suddenly possible meets what is desperately necessary." - Thomas Friedman At its best, the American education system has been the engine behind unparalleled economic prosperity, a military without equal, limitless invention, and the unquenchable ambition that put a man on the Moon.
What technology can (and can't) do for education | Digital
March 13, 2013 http://digital.hechingerreport.org
As I reflect on the excitement of South By Southwest Education conference last week, a fundamental question keeps coming up: What proportion of the challenges facing the education system can actually be addressed with technology and innovation? Let's quickly stipulate the issues here. Stop me if you've heard this all before.
Job skills by the numbers: Explore the survey data
March 05, 2013 http://www.marketplace.org
More results of a survey commissioned by Marketplace and the Chronicle of Higher Education asking employers what they look for when hiring.