Prioritizing Adult Learners on the Path to Attainment
Sheryl Hart, David Drennon, Diane Ryan While discussions about educational attainment often focus on preparing students to pursue degrees or certifications after high school, the fact is, there aren’t enough students in the K-12 pipeline alone to enable us to reach our postsecondary attainment goal...
Black Leaders Give Their Take on Education in Current Times
Channel Powe, Denise TrimbleSmith, Larry Johnson, Erica Maxwell Important issues like systemic racism and the lack of equity have been put on the back burner for far too long, and the COVID-19 pandemic has brought them to the forefront. We spoke with Black/African American education and community leaders about the issues students face and how […]
The COVID-19 Pandemic Has Increased the Need To Strengthen Supports for Arizona Students
Today, College Success Arizona released its newest issue brief, “Educational Equity and Opportunity Gaps: The COVID-19 Pandemic Has Increased the Need To Strengthen Supports for Arizona Students.” Drawing on national and state-level research as well as our own parent survey that we conducted this summer, the brief presents information and insights that can help advance […]
What Latinx Education Leaders are Doing to Help Their Students and Communities
Amanda Aguirre, Marla Franco, David Verdugo, Vince Yanez The COVID-19 pandemic has had an indelible impact on education. It has forced us to take a hard look at how we deliver education, and highlighted the inequities that exist in terms of access to technology and resources...
Addressing the Education Challenges for Native Students
Serena Denetsosie, Karen Francis-Begay, Jim Larney, Charles Monty Roessel The novel coronavirus pandemic has affected many students, but one student group that may be affected more dramatically than others is Native Americans. Many of our tribal reservations across the country, and here in Arizona, have been dealing with the digital divide since long before schools […]
The Steps Community College Leaders are Taking to Help Arizona
Lee Lambert, Stacy Klippenstein, Darcy Renfro Community college is a crucial piece of the education system for learners throughout Arizona, and an important tool to drive Arizona’s economy. As unemployment numbers continue to rise, more people are looking for ways to reskill and upskill...
Focusing on the students: Creating impactful Promise Programs
By: Rich Nickel Access to reliable financial aid is a crucial aspect in making college accessible and affordable to students. This is important if Arizona is to reach its aggressive postsecondary attainment goals and create a highly-skilled workforce to drive the economy into the future...
Why Arizona might look to the Bayou for policies to boost FAFSA engagement?
By Rich Nickel Arizona must continue to find innovative and sustainable ways to increase Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) completion and support college access and attainment more broadly. One of the most effective ways of helping students, especially those from families with great financial need, achieve postsecondary attainment is through federal aid, making […]
Lack of State Financial Aid Reduces College Affordability
Arizona does not have a state-sponsored need-based grant aid program – and this is a major barrier to making college more affordable for all Arizonans. It means that all grant aid that Arizona students receive—which is vital for low-income students to be able to afford college—derives from the federal government and Arizona’s higher education institutions...
Information Gaps Limit College-Going Culture
Learning about college options, what it takes to be ready for college, and identifying and applying to the institution that best fits a student’s needs can be a daunting process. This is particularly true for students and families who have limited access to resources and information about college...