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.
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.
This Spanish-language 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.
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.
Harper College's Rita & John Canning Women's Program has successfully helped thousands of at-risk women return to school and find employment.
Black Hawk College's Early Alert program uses close staff coordination and intensive outreach to help more students complete the semester. The program has greatly improved semester completion rates for at-risk students.
A tool advisors can use with students to help them create a plan for achieving their career goals.
Helps advisors better assess student needs and connect them to resources before student challenges become barriers to completion.
Gives students a roadmap for the application process and helps them better prepare for their first session with their advisor, including exploring different careers before they choose a major.
A tool advisors can use with students to help them identify their career networking list, set up informational interviews, and record useful information from those interviews.
Truman College's innovative Incentive Program helps adult education students successfully transition to college-level coursework.
A toolkit to help bridge programs assess current provision of key transition services and plan for improvements.
During economic downturns, Illinois struggles to fund financial aid for low-income Illinoisans. However, without financial aid, low-income women can’t attend college and their wages stagnate. This policy brief describes how Illinois can use workforce investment bonds to increase access to higher education, allowing more low-income workers to increase their income and help Illinois rebound from the recession.
This policy brief identifies barriers that prevent adult and low-income students from completing college programs, and recommends changes that colleges, state agencies, and policymakers can implement to help more more students succeed.
This guide gives colleges, community organizations, and workforce agencies helpful tools to guide adult learners or first-time college students at different levels of experience and education through in-depth career exploration and planning. The curriculum is designed to help more low-income adults transition into and complete college certificate or degree programs.
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.