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This toolkit contains worksheets, policy questions and communications tools designed to help state and education leaders assess the need for community college developmental education.  It provides support for reshaping policy to assist community college efforts to reduce the number of students entering college underprepared and improve the success of students who are underprepared but already enrolled.  It examines current and emerging policy trends in developmental education.

Thomas G. Greene
Community College Bridges to Opportunity Initiative, University of Texas - Austin

This report recommends a set of common metrics that states should use to improve the completion rates and efficiency of public higher education systems.  These common metrics were developed by a Work Group on Common College Completion Metrics, convened by the National Governors Association, which sought to develop common standards for public higher education that states should use to monitor system performance and inform future policy decisions.

Ryan Reyna
National Governors Association Center for Best Practices

The principal question set forth by the Seattle Jobs Initiative (SJI) and The Working Poor Families Project was: what role could a state play in instituting career pathways? Also examined were what strategies a state could employ to bring colleges, workforce and economic development agencies, community organizations, and employers to the table to accomplish this.

Rosana Perry Stephens
Seattle Jobs Initiative, Washington

This report provides detailed findings on state policies and community college practice on noncredit workforce education, drawn from interviews with policymakers in all 50 states and case studies of 20 community colleges in ten states.

Michelle Van Noy, James Jacobs, Suzanne Korey, Thomas Bailey and Katherine L. Hughes
Community College Research Center, Teacher's College, Columbia University 

This issue brief describes how the 15 states participating in the Achieving the Dream initiative have concentrated their policy efforts on four key areas: Preventative Strategies, Assessment and Placement, Implementation and Evaluation of Program Innovation, and Performance Measurement and Incentives.

Michael Lawrence Collins
Jobs for the Future

This Policy Brief focuses on helping adults with lower skills and/ or limited English proficiency earn postsecondary credentials that open doors to family-supporting jobs. It examines obstacles to moving toward this goal -- with major attention to lack of alignment between federal and state adult education efforts, job training services, and postsecondary education policies.

Julie Strawn
Center for Law and Social Policy

This policy brief examines the issues associated with creating, improving and connecting state postsecondary, adult education and skills development data systems. It also identifies barriers states may encounter and overcome, profiles model state systems, and makes policy recommendations to help state advocates build or improve their state data systems.

Jennifer Philips
Working Poor Families Project

This brief looks at how states can increase access to college for working adults by strengthening their state financial aid policies. It documents the gap between the need for financial aid and what states and federal agencies provide, and it highlights states with exemplary programs. It makes a series of recommendations for state policymakers and groups wishing to retool their financial aid programs to better serve low-income adults.

Derek V. Price and Brandon Roberts
The Working Poor Families Project

This piece is based on lessons from the Community College Bridges to Opportunity initiative, a multi-year initiative that supports state-level reform to bring about changes in state policy to improve education and employment outcomes for educationally and economically disadvantaged adults in six states: Colorado, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Mexico, Ohio, and Washington.

Davis Jenkins et. al.
Community College Central

This policy brief summarizes how colleges and state policymakers can ensure that nontraditional students complete their educations. It offers a range of suggested policy improvements.

Brandon Roberts and Deborah Povich
Working Poor Families Project