Publications

2017
Annual Report

This is How Change Happens. It’s never a straight line. Advocacy campaigns are long battles with many twists and turns. New discoveries, barriers, and tactics emerge. Over four decades, Women Employed has developed the strategic know-how, flexibility, and tenacity it takes to win. This report recounts the winding path to two vital advances for working women.

2015
Research Report/Policy Brief

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.

2015
Fact Sheet
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.
2015
Fact Sheet
Community colleges are facing pressure to increase retention and completion rates. Enrollments and funding are declining. This fact sheet shows how bridge programs can be a strategy for success for both colleges and students.
2015
Fact Sheet

What is a bridge program? This fact sheet explains what bridge programs are, and how Women Employed is leading the effort to implement bridge programs in Illinois and nationwide, giving thousands of workers the skills and credentials they need to move from low-paid, low-opportunity jobs into high-demand careers that offer financial stability.

2014
Research Report/Policy Brief

In this policy agenda, the Pathways to Careers Network calls on Illinois’ incoming governor to incorporate career pathways into the state’s education and workforce systems, and to invest in programs that will ensure low-skilled adults have access to and can succeed in proven education and training programs.

2014
Fact Sheet

Illinois has a goal that 60 percent of adults will have college degrees by 2025. But without increasing our financial aid investment in low-income adult students, we will not be able to meet that goal. Illinois' Monetary Award Program (MAP) can help low-income adult students in Illinois afford college, but every year, a smaller percentage of eligible adult students receive the grant.

2013
Research Report/Policy Brief

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.

2012
Fact Sheet

The State of Illinois has instituted a goal to ensure that 60 percent of Illinois adults have a college credential by 2025.  This fact sheet shows how important adult learners are to helping Illinois reach that goal.

2012
Program Guide/Curriculum

This guide provides useful tips for speaking with your legislator, as well as a worksheet to help you craft your message.

2012
Fact Sheet

This fact sheet outlines some of the facts facing working women.

2012
Fact Sheet

This brochure provides information on the child care support that the State of Illinois offers for low-income parents while they are working or attending education and training programs.

2012
Fact Sheet

This infographic illustrates some of the shocking realities facing low-wage workers in order to help build awareness and create change.

2012
Research Report/Policy Brief

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.

2012
Program Guide/Curriculum

A toolkit to help colleges and universities assess their provision of services and supports to non-traditional and parenting students, and to make plans for improvements.

2012
Case Study/Promising Practice

Eastern Illinois University's Student Success Center offers a broad array of intensive services, both virtual and in-person, to students who are struggling academically.

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