Access and Equity

Resources on topics such as special populations, non-traditional students, delivery systems, infrastructure and zip code equity

  • Case Study
November 2016

With growing interest in free community college programs, the Education Commission of the States released a policy brief that profiles different programs and lays out several policy considerations, including eligibility criteria, defining "free," and the timing of the tuition award.

  • Case Study
October 2016

This brief from National Skills Coalition profiles Arkansas’ Career Pathways Initiative program - which uses TANF funds to help low-income parents gain industry credentials - and identifies action steps that state policymakers, advocates and stakeholders can take to develop similar programs.

  • Case Study
September 2016

This report by the Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities provides an overview of the MMSI program, which aims to address the STEM equity gap by strengthening the community college pipeline and fostering collaborations between community colleges and four-year institutions.

  • Case Study
  • Snapshots
January 2017

This snapshot profile describes Massachusetts' work during Phase One of the New Skills for Youth initiative. 

  • Case Study
June 2019

This brief, the fourth in the Making Good on the Promise series, examines strategies state leaders can use to expand CTE opportunities for each learner.

  • Research/ Report
August 2016

This report examines the broad range of community colleges in the U.S., looking at differences in student demographics, state and local financing, tuition, and state strategies to reduce student barriers to successful enrollment and completion.

  • Policy
July 2014

In 2014, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed H.B. 487 into law, which required schools in Ohio to provide CTE courses in seventh and eighth grades by the 2015-16 school year. Since then, Ohio has drastically increased access to middle school CTE programs for students.

  • Policy
January 2004

The Cultural Support Specialists in Wisconsin help learners transition from high school to college by advocating for and providing services to learners to help them overcome some of the structural barriers that can prevent at-risk learners from accessing and succeeding in college.

The Learning that Works Resource Center was developed through the New Skills for Youth initiative, a partnership of the Council of Chief State School Officers, Advance CTE and the Education Strategy Group, generously funded by JPMorgan Chase & Co