Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Postsecondary Success

February 7, 2017

Experts don’t know how many students are prepared for college. Here’s why that matters

Each year, when they get to campus, more than half a million American college students have to take so-called remedial or developmental education classes to teach them basic math and English skills they should have learned in high school. And that’s not even the full story. The full story cannot be accurately told, because of problems in how states collect the data — if they collect it at all.

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February 2, 2017

California Community Colleges Work to Prepare Students for Careers in Advanced Professions and Industries

With a lack of job applications in certain high-demand fields, California community colleges are working to graduate students in that are prepared for careers in these advanced professions and industries. They've done this by creating interactive databases that pair academic programs and workforce priorities, and worked to prepare students with not only technical training but transferable skills as well.

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February 2, 2017

Better Data On Remediation Needed to Know If Reforms Are Working

The Hechinger Report spent months collecting remediation rates from public institutions across the country, and learned that the data is tracked differently from state to state, making national comparisons difficult. High schools and college must coordinate and work towards better data reporting practices to get a clear sense of how changes in remediation are affecting students.

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February 1, 2017

Living expenses emerge as top obstacle in college affordability

The growing cost crisis of college education is being addressed at many campuses with the emergence of distance education and articulation agreements with community colleges. But as schools find ways to earn more in tuition revenue without students being physically present on campus, there is still the challenge of paying for utilities, debt servicing and personnel to maintain facilities for students who remain on campus.

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