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Here’s What Congress can Learn from States as it Considers Short Term Pell

As federal legislation has stalled, several states have taken action to respond to non-degree credentials that have transformed the educational landscape over time.

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It is time to modernize higher education policies to ensure equitable college access, completion, and connection to quality careers that lead to economic mobility—and help businesses thrive by training talented workers that can fill in-demand jobs. We must center students' lived experience and expertise in our policy change efforts to begin to redress structural racism in our education and training systems and to make college accessible to all people, particularly those who have faced systemic barriers to educational opportunity.

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Why we’re working to make college work

NSC’s Making College Work Campaign is all about: driving policy change that widens the path to postsecondary education, begins to redress structural racism in our education and training systems, and makes college work for everyone – for new majority learners, for business, and for our economy at large.

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Quality non-degree credentials can lead to good jobs

National Skills Coalition’s new report The Non-Degree Credential Quality Imperative encourages state policymakers to invest in quality NDCs; shares how we’ve worked with states to define, measure, and track quality; and offers takeaways for how to advance quality assurance.

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Expanding College & Career Possibilities: A Policy Action Initiative

Expanding College & Career Possibilities: A Policy Action Initiative is a dynamic peer learning and policy action community where skills advocates in 20 states will engage in peer learning, policy action labs, and access tailored technical assistance and research and promotion – all with the goal of increasing college affordability, holistic supports, and completion of quality non-degree credentials that offer pathways to quality careers and further education.

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Assessing Nondegree Credential Quality

"We have a duty or responsibility to make sure that the credentials people are earning are leading to a positive return on their investment, and that also employers are getting workers that have the skills and competencies that they need to fill their workforce demand," says Lindsey Reichlin Cruse, Senior Fellow at National Skills Coalition.

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