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  Beyond Financial Aid : How colleges can strengthen the financial stability of low-income students and improve student outcomes  A Report by the Lumina Foundation

Beyond Financial Aid: How colleges can strengthen the financial stability of low-income students and improve student outcomes
A Report by the Lumina Foundation

...narrowing the gap is not as much about ‘achievement’ as it is about all students having the resources to succeed.
— Beyond Financial Aid, 2015

Summary

Beyond Financial Aid (2015) is a guide for colleges and universities who seek to understand ways in which they can support their low-income students. The report identifies unique challenges facing low-income students in today's economy and provides examples of institutions that successfully utilize innovative programs and resources beyond traditional methods. Included is a self-assessment guide for your institution to evaluate its own methods of support and a comprehensive guide to interpret the results and achieve meaningful impact.

Key Points

  • Benefits of supporting low-income students (Pages 7-10)
  • 6 strategies to support low-income students (Pages 10-17)
  • Self-assessment guide, with recommendations (Pages 20-29)
  • Comprehensive guide to interpret your results (Pages 30-37)

Summary

In 2017 the Helios Education Foundation collaborated with the Florida Philanthropic Network and Florida College Access Network to explore non-traditional scholarships. The brief consists of spotlights on successful programs and discusses the data behind why some types of scholarships invoke change while others are unsuccessful, especially in minority, non-traditional, and low-income populations. The report suggests scholarship providers ask themselves "what is the problem?" "who are we targeting?" and identify ways to evaluate impact

Key Points

Wraparound support services (Page 3)
Emergency/completion scholarships (Page 4)
Performance-based scholarships (Page 8)
Reverse, micro and reentry scholarships (Pages 12-13)
DESTINATION GRADUATION PROGRAM (Pages 6-7)

  Beyond Traditional Scholarships : An exploration of how philanthropic organizations and communities are partnering with colleges and universities to design innovative programs to serve undeserved students.   A Report by the Helios Education Foundation

Beyond Traditional Scholarships: An exploration of how philanthropic organizations and communities are partnering with colleges and universities to design innovative programs to serve undeserved students. 
A Report by the Helios Education Foundation

With an increasing number of first-generation and low-income students enrolling in postsecondary institutions, a relatively small amount of support has the potential for a great impact
— -Beyond Traditional Scholarships, 2017

 Degree Attainment Profile - Orange County, Osceola County, Seminole County & State of Florida  Prepared by the Florida College Access Network

Degree Attainment Profile - Orange County, Osceola County, Seminole County & State of Florida
Prepared by the Florida College Access Network

degree attainment profiles

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State of Florida click here


Summary

The Goal 2025 Report, prepared by Florida College Access Network in 2017, is an overall look at college readiness, access and completion in the Central Florida region (Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties). 

Key Points

Quick facts (Pages 2-4)
Workforce change/demand (Page 5)
Attainment, by ethnicity & earnings (Pages 6-12)
Veteran info (Page 13)
High school grad. rates, classes & Bright Futures (Pages 14-21)
FAFSA Completion (Pages 22-23)
Post-secondary enrollment stats (Pages 24-33)
Higher ed. retention rates (Pages 34-36)

  Goal 2025 Report : A scan or relevant local college readiness, access & completion data  A Report by the Florida College Access Network

Goal 2025 Report: A scan or relevant local college readiness, access & completion data
A Report by the Florida College Access Network

To build a prosperous future for all Floridians, education beyond high school is key...
— GOAL 2025 Report, 2017

  The Role of Business in Promoting Educational Attainment : A National Imperative  A Report by the Committee for Economic Development of The Conference Board  Click here for summary

The Role of Business in Promoting Educational Attainment: A National Imperative
A Report by the Committee for Economic Development of The Conference Board
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The cost of increasing the postsecondary attainment of the workforce is high. However, the costs of not investing in more American workers to earn meaningful credentials that prepare them for family-sustaining work are even higher...
— The Role of Business in Promoting Educational Attainment, 2015

Summary

A qualitative study by the Committee for Economic Development from 2015 reviewing how employers promote educational attainment within their companies in select cities. Findings show that although tuition reimbursement is common, there are many challenges to companies in promoting education internally. The report suggests that connections between leaders in business and higher education is the first step in ensuring that the relationships are mutually beneficial.

Key points

Successful business practices (Page 7)
Why employers invest in employees' education (Pages 9-11)
Challenges facing employers (Pages 11-13)
Ways employers and higher ed can collaborate (Page 15)
Success through regional efforts (Page 21)