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Biden Administration Urged to Back Equity Programs

November 19, 2020

While a number of innovative programs like the City University of New York’s Accelerated Study in Associate Programs offer promise in increasing the number of students graduating from college and having economic success, they are not being implemented in many places around the country, write researchers from America Forward and Results for America.

In one of three policy papers jointly released by education policy organizations on Wednesday recommending steps the Biden administration should take on education, the researchers recommended creating a tiered $800 million federal fund to help states implement practices that have been shown to succeed. The fund, to be overseen by an Education Department office of evidence-based practices, would also pay for proposals by states to build evidence on how to increase completion for at-risk students.

The papers were released jointly by New America, America Forward, MDRC and Results for America.

In another of the papers, New America recommended the Education Department emphasize research to build its agenda on postsecondary education. Tapping the expertise of researchers, the department should examine a number of questions, including determining what additional research is needed, to address issues like why access to higher education is inequitable and increasingly unaffordable, and why students of color often struggle to succeed.

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