Publications

2012
Fact Sheet

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.

2011
Research Report/Policy Brief

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.

2011
Case Study/Promising Practice

Harper College's Rita & John Canning Women's Program has successfully helped thousands of at-risk women return to school and find employment.

2011
Case Study/Promising Practice

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.

2011
Program Guide/Curriculum

A tool advisors can use with students to help them create a plan for achieving their career goals.

2011
Program Guide/Curriculum

Helps advisors better assess student needs and connect them to resources before student challenges become barriers to completion.

2011
Program Guide/Curriculum

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.

2011
Program Guide/Curriculum

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.

2011
Case Study/Promising Practice

Truman College's innovative Incentive Program helps adult education students successfully transition to college-level coursework.

2011
Program Guide/Curriculum

A toolkit to help bridge programs assess current provision of key transition services and plan for improvements.

2010
Research Report/Policy Brief

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.

2009
Research Report/Policy Brief

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.

2008
Program Guide/Curriculum

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.

2007
Research Report/Policy Brief

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.

2006
Research Report/Policy Brief

This report identifies priority educational supports that help economically disadvantaged adults succeed in postsecondary education so that families can prosper and Illinois can build a stronger workforce. It offers specific findings and recommendations that can guide state and federal officials trying to make difficult policy and funding decisions and community college administrators trying to prioritize limited resources.

2006
Research Report/Policy Brief

This report identifies priority educational supports that help economically disadvantaged adults succeed in postsecondary education so that families can prosper and Illinois can build a stronger workforce. It offers specific findings and recommendations that can guide state and federal officials trying to make difficult policy and funding decisions and community college administrators trying to prioritize limited resources.

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