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Improving Postsecondary Success for Young Adults

A Partnership between the NCTN and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

In March 2010, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation engaged the NCTN to profile 17 states with a focus on identifying adult education policy levers and practices that increase the number of young adults who reach a postsecondary credential.   This partnership was a part of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Postsecondary Success initiative. This initiative aimed to address the needs of nontraditional students in order to increase the number of students that enter postsecondary education and complete a postsecondary credential that provides family- sustaining wages. For more information, please visit the Postsecondary Success initiative section at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation website.

Postsecondary Success of Young Adults: State Policies and Practices
This study describes and analyzes adult education college and career readiness efforts in over a third of the states in the United States. While it focuses on young adults, the policies and practices discussed are not limited in their use but relevant to adult learners of all ages in programs receiving WIA Title II funding.

For more information about Postsecondary Success of Young Adults: State Policies and Practices, please contact Cynthia Zafft at czafft@worlded.org. In addition to being the Senior Advisor to the NCTN, Cynthia was the lead author of this study.

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