Publications

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.

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
Research Report/Policy Brief

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.

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
Research Report/Policy Brief

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

2004
Research Report/Policy Brief

Too many Illinois families are not making ends meet despite working full time. This report examines Illinois' economic and workforce development systems, work supports programs, and workplace practices and offers a comprehensive set of recommendations for what can be done to ensure prosperity for all Illinois families.

2004
Research Report/Policy Brief

Too many Illinois families are not making ends meet despite working full time. This report examines Illinois' economic and workforce development systems, work supports programs, and workplace practices and offers a comprehensive set of recommendations for what can be done to ensure prosperity for all Illinois families.

2003
Research Report/Policy Brief

Illinois has been a national leader in providing state-funded financial aid for low-income students, but deep funding cuts have eroded access for many students, particularly for those with the greatest financial need. This report examines these issues and makes policy recommendations to address them.

2003
Research Report/Policy Brief

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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