Research Reports and Policy Briefs

2018

Progress, Pathways, and Possibilities: How a Shared Vision Put a System to Work

This piece takes the reader through the different parts of our work to establish and expand career pathways in Chicago and Illinois, beginning with Shifting Gears in the early 2000s and looking forward to a yet-unrealized future. It includes bridge programs, Career Foundations, and the career pathways definition, as well as stories from students and detail about how progress on career pathways has been made.

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2015

Good for Students, Good for Colleges: Bridge Programs Investments and Returns Worksheet

This worksheet is a companion to the policy brief, Good for Students, Good for Colleges: Investing in Bridge Programs as a Strategy for Success to allow colleges to calculate their projected return on investment for implementing bridge programs.

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2015

Good for Students, Good for Colleges: Investing in Bridge Programs as a Strategy for Success

Community colleges are at a crossroads. Pressure is mounting to increase enrollment and improve retention. At the same time, there are millions of adults who would benefit from a college education, but who lack a high school degree. Bridge programs provide a solution that will serve these adults, improve college enrollment and retention numbers, and even generate revenue for colleges.

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2014

Tackling Unstable and Unpredictable Work Schedules

Unpredictable and unstable work schedules leave many workers in a constant state of economic instability and personal turmoil. This policy brief explores scheduling problems and highlights policy solutions and employer practices that would allow workers the time and economic security they need to care for their families, while also helping employers maximize the value their workers provide.

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2013

Fourth Year Sophomores? Improving Remedial Student Outcomes in Illinois

Fifty-one percent of first-time community college students in Illinois take remedial or developmental courses before they can start college-level coursework, and too many never graduate. This policy brief outlines clear steps that colleges and policymakers can take to ensure that only the right students are enrolled in remedial classes and that coursework is focused on the right content, and includes strategies to prevent students from getting stuck in long-term developmental sequences and dropping out.

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2012

Chicago’s Growing Low-Wage Workforce: A Profile of Falling Labor Market Fortunes

This research report examines the changing demographics of Chicago’s growing low-wage workforce and provides solutions to address the economic crisis low-wage work inflicts on families and communities.

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2012

Low-Income Single Mothers at Community College

This policy brief provides recommendations on immediate steps colleges can implement to improve their schools and increase retention and completion rates for single mothers who are students.

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2011

Single Mothers and College Success

This policy brief focuses on six key areas in which federal and state policy changes could result in increased retention and graduation rates for single-parent students.

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2007

Building Bridges to College and Careers for Illinois Adults

This policy brief gives a brief overview and description of bridge programs, which provide a path into education and training for adults with low literacy and math skills.

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2003

Pathways and Progress: Best Practices to Ensure Fair Compensation (Full Report)

What are the most common barriers to fair compensation, and what are the most effective ways that organizations can overcome them? This cutting-edge report on compensation practices outlines flexible approaches and proven solutions that work for businesses and nonprofits of all sizes. Learn how leading employers have used these approaches to improve their compensation practices and obtain tools that are applicable to any organization.

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