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Hannah Neeper
I am the Policy Research Analyst at ACTE.
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Annual State Higher Education Finance Report: The State Higher Education Executive Officers Association recently released their annual State Higher Education Finance report. It includes policy decisions affecting higher education funding levels and funding distribution levels both statewide and nationally. Between 2019 and 2020, some of the key findings of the... Continue reading
Congress was out of session last week, but that did not mean that it was a slow week in DC. There was continued focus on the Administration’s budget release, and continued negotiations on infrastructure dominated most of the week. A number of proposals were discussed, however, there has yet to... Continue reading
2021 Condition of Education Report Released: The Institute of Education Sciences recently released the 2021 Condition of Education. This annual report contains key indicators for all levels of education, labor market outcomes and international comparisons. The biggest changes in the report this year include two spotlight indicators to examine the... Continue reading
Congress had a busy week last week before a long Memorial Day weekend. The week was capped off on Friday, when President Biden released his full FY 2022 federal budget proposal. The total budget proposal included $6 trillion, including funds for FY 2022 appropriations, as well as a breakdown of... Continue reading
COVID-19 had a disproportionate, negative impact on employment rates for Black, Hispanic and Native American workers, and a new report from the Community College Research Center seeks to address this impact. Based on interviews with state policymakers, community college leaders and subject experts between November 2020 and January 2021, researchers... Continue reading
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ACTE has updated its Sector Sheet on CTE’s role in developing the information technology (IT) workforce with the latest on labor market demand, the role CTE plays in preparing the future IT workforce and exemplary IT programs. ACTE’s Sector Sheet series is generously supported by Pearson. Continue reading
Though both the House and Senate were in session for a majority of the week, DC was relatively quiet with regard to federal education policy. Most of the focus on the Hill surrounded the possible creation of a January 6 commission, the conflict between Israel and Palestine and the COVID-19... Continue reading
This week's research roundup covers recent CTE equity-related topics include creating equity in dual enrollment programs, understanding inequities in CTE and STEM, the impact of COVID-19 on youth employment, and more. Continue reading
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ACTE has updated its Sector Sheet on CTE’s role in developing the construction and architecture workforce with the latest on labor market demand, talent shortages, and exemplary construction and architecture CTE programs. A skilled workforce will be in high demand in coming years to meet the country’s infrastructure needs. Currently,... Continue reading
It was quite a busy week in DC with the return of Congress after a short break and several announcements from the Department of Education. Members of Congress continue to negotiate on President Biden’s proposed infrastructure package, with a counterproposal from Senate Republicans expected sometime soon. The main sticking points... Continue reading
CTE concentrators are seven percent more likely to graduate from high school on time and 10 percent more likely to enroll in postsecondary education within two years of graduating compared to non-CTE concentrators, according to a new report from the Institute of Education Sciences’ Regional Education Laboratory Central (REL). Continue reading
This week's research roundup covers studies on the effectiveness of adult education strategies, state data capacity, student home internet connectivity needs, and more. Continue reading
The federal Department of Education has released national and state-level enrollment information, including disaggregated information as available, for CTE students during the 2019-20 school year. Continue reading
Embedding Stackable Credentials in Postsecondary Programs: The Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education released a resource for community and technical colleges to help embed stackable credentials in their programs. The resource provides practical steps for enhancing employer engagement, a framework to design programs with stackable credentials,... Continue reading
The House and Senate were out of session, though a few events and announcements concerning federal education policy occurred last week. The infrastructure bill proposed by President Biden in early April remains a key topic of discussion in Washington, but has yet to gain traction with Senate Republicans. Senate Minority... Continue reading
Community college enrollment decreased by 11.3 percent in the spring, compared to a decrease of 9.5 percent in the fall of 2020, according to the most recent data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Four-year college enrollment also declined in the spring with a decrease of 5.9 percent compared... Continue reading
Last week was a big week for education. President Biden gave his first address to a joint session of Congress, where he highlighted the release of his $1.8 trillion “American Families Plan.” The package includes proposals for two years of universal prekindergarten, paid family and medical leave, free community college,... Continue reading
The House and Senate were back in session last week after a two-week long break and the focus was primarily on the infrastructure bill proposal. President Biden hosted a bipartisan group of lawmakers to discuss the proposal last Monday, but both sides of the aisle are very far apart on... Continue reading
Though it was another relatively quiet week for Congress since both Chambers were out of session, several announcements from the Department of Education were released last week. In addition, on Friday, President Biden proposed a $1.5 trillion annual budget for 2022 fiscal year, including an increase to non-defense spending for... Continue reading
Creating a Data-informed Campus Culture: The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the need for a new, innovative shift to a data-informed campus culture, according to a new report from the Institute of Higher Education Policy. According to the authors, the way to overcome some of challenges brought on by the pandemic... Continue reading
Providing Equitable Access to Work-based Learning Opportunities: High-quality work-based learning opportunities must be accessible to every learner, says Advance CTE’s newest publication. Within the report are five strategies states can use to build, implement and scale high-quality work-based learning experiences. Each section provides a real-world view of what this looks... Continue reading
Last week, President Biden released his highly anticipated Infrastructure bill proposal. The $2 trillion “American Jobs Plan” aims to create millions of jobs while rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure. It is expected to span eight years if enacted, and education and workforce development was a significant part of the proposal. To... Continue reading
The House was in recess last week while the Senate was still in session, and congressional action related to education was relatively light, with the main activity being around nominations. The focus on the Hill has begun to shift toward a potential economic recovery-focused plan with announcements expected in the... Continue reading
Analysis of State Work-based Learning Policies: Working to Learn and Learning to Work, a report from American Student Assistance, is a state-by-state analysis of high school work-based learning policies. The researchers found six key themes: State high school work-based learning policies largely fall into two categories: centralized and decentralized. Most... Continue reading
Digest of Education Statistics Released: The Institute of Education Sciences released its Digest of Education Statistics 2019, a comprehensive compilation of statistical information for all levels of education. Included in the Digest are seven chapters, such as elementary and secondary education, postsecondary education, federal funds for education and related activities,... Continue reading