These tools leverage Aspen’s research to help college leaders better understand how to craft messaging (and consider better program designs and supports) to encourage these populations to pursue strong community college technical programs.
An interactive activity to allow college staff to practice drafting effective messaging to unemployed, underemployed, and opportunity youth populations. Use in conjunction with “Outreach and Messaging to Underrepresented Populations: Tools and Resources.”
Who Are We Missing? Understanding and Reaching Underrepresented Prospective Community College Populations
Based on eight focus groups and a national survey, Aspen’s tools explore how colleges can better understand and reach under- and unemployed adults and opportunity youth
This report summarizes key findings from recent research on links between higher education and the workforce. Featuring eight brief papers from leading education and workforce experts from around the country, the report offers practical advice for institutional leaders, policymakers, students and their advisers about how to use the increasingly available information on the economic value of higher education.
Community Colleges have a unique opportunity to help students acquire the skills they need to land good jobs with strong wages. One strategy that can help colleges fulfill that goal is to analyze available data to inform alignment of their educational programs to labor market needs and measure the labor market outcomes of their graduates. This guide explains how colleges can improve graduates' labor market success, offering concrete examples and describing six data sets that colleges can use today.