New Report: Closing the College Participation Gap

Posted by on December 5, 2003

[posted from Public Education Network newsblast]


A new series from the Education Commission of the States (ECS), shows who is — and is not — participating in postsecondary education, and who is likely to have access to a college education in the future. The reports describe the extent of postsecondary education in each of the 50 states and in the nation as a whole, and examine the conditions likely to influence access and participation. A National Summary examines the nature and extent of college participation in the United States and offers priorities for state policy action. The U.S. Profile contains statistics on postsecondary participation in the United States and estimates how many students need to enroll by 2015 for the nation to match the participation rate of the best-performing states. Two policy briefs examine what impact changing demographics and new workforce requirements will have on adults needs for access to postsecondary education, and describe how to assess people’s needs for community college services.

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