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USDOE Looks for Promising and Practical Strategies to Increase Postsecondary Success

Posted on 02/27/2012

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The Secretary of Education has published a Request for Information (RFI [pdf]) inviting adult education providers, along with institutions of higher education (IHEs), non-profit organizations, state systems of higher education, researchers, and faculty and staff to provide the Department of Education with information about promising and practical strategies, programs and practices that have improved the rates of postsecondary success, transfer and graduation. While responses to this RFI may be submitted at any time, to be considered in the first round of reviews, responses should be submitted by April 30, 2012.

The Department is interested in strategies emphasizing the quality of what students learn, and timely or accelerated attainment of postsecondary degrees or certificates. These include industry-recognized credentials that lead to improved learning and employment outcomes. The secretary is particularly interested in successful innovations that IHEs and states could replicate to help reach the president's goal of increasing the number of Americans who earn postsecondary degrees and certificates.

The secretary will establish the Postsecondary Completion Website as an online resource on which the responses to the RFI will be posted for sharing, commenting, and discussing. Interested parties are encouraged to review the full Promising and Practical Strategies to Increase Postsecondary Success [pdf] RFI. Additional information on the president's blueprint [www] for keeping college affordable and the Department's college completion and affordability efforts [www] is also available.

From the OVAE Connection, newsletter of the Office of Vocational and Adult Education, U. S. Department of Education, February 16, 2011 [www].

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