resources

We have commissioned a series of brief writings to inform our July discussions. We also are assembling other resources that might be of use to this effort. Some of these items are tagged for specific workstreams.

If you have additional materials that might inform this effort, please send them to us at workinglearners@stanford.edu

commissions

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Working Learner College Students: A Diverse Not-So-New Majority

University of Arizona sociologist and higher education researcher Regina Deil-Amen offers an aerial view of how the evolution of the US racial-political economy has substantially grown the ranks of working learners in college, creating new opportunities for individual and institutional transformation, but also new forms of precarity for working learners.

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Hiring Working Learners

Northwestern University sociologist Lauren Rivera offers a concise brief on the importance of attending to the the assumptions, beliefs and behaviors of employers as they consider working learners at the point of hire.

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Routine and Adaptive Expertise in Working Learners

Stanford learning scientists Dan Schwartz and Kristen Blair introduce the distinction between routine and adaptive expertise, and consider strategies that educators and employers might pursue to nurture the development of adaptive expertise among working learners.

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Developing Transformative Working-Learner Measurement Infrastructure

UC-Irvine sociologist and education researcher Richard Arum offers a big-picture framework for conceptualizing collaboratively built infrastructure to observe how working learners accumulate skills, credentials, occupational titles and earnings as they move through the life course.

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The Challenge of Defining, Measuring, and Improving Outcomes for Working Learners

Urban Institute economist Sandy Baum provides a high-level overview of the task of building a strong evidence base to inform government policy-making around services to working learners.

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University Extension as a Strategy to Serve Working Learners

UC-San Diego’s John Skrentny and Mary Walshok summarize the rich legacy of university extensions and suggest how they remain powerful tools for opportunity creation in the US today.

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other resources

 

Digital transformation in labor and education systems: Improving government response to the next unemployment crisis

by Annelies Goger and Janie McDermott for the Brookings Institution

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Supporting distressed communities by strengthening regional public universities: A federal policy proposal

by Robert Maxim and Mark Muro for the Brookings Institution

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Examining the Value of Nondegree Credentials

a report by the Strada Center for Education Consumer Insights

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The Meanings of Student Engagement: Implications for Policies and Practices

by Paul Ashwin and Debbie McVitty

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Re-Engaging Student Parents to Achieve Attainment and Equity Goals

by Catherine Hensley, Chaunte White, and Lindsey Reichlin Cruse for the Institute for Women’s Policy Research

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From College to Life: Relevance and the Value of Higher Education

Strada-Gallup data reveal only 26 percent of working U.S. adults with college experience strongly agree their education is relevant to their work and day-to-day life. Industry experts explore the power of relevance as the primary driver of learners’ perceptions of the value and quality of higher education and identify scalable solutions to increase relevance in postsecondary learning.

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Free College Tuition Programs for Adults

Under a grant funded by Walmart, the American Institutes for Research conducted a scan of free college tuition program websites in spring 2021. The output is this project website, which contains an interactive map, a report, a downloadable database of programs, and a webinar that explores how free college tuition programs for adults might better leverage employers in establishing and advancing programs.

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Anxiety, Depression Persist for Some Despite Waning Pandemic

by Anthony P. Carnevale

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A Prescription for Longevity in the 21st Century

renewing purpose, building and sustaining social engagement, and embracing a positive lifestyle

by Philip A. Pizzo, MD

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Industry Credentials

an overview of a pilot program of the National Student Clearinghouse and partner organizations that matching up industry credential attainment, enrollment and degree data to identify new learner pathways. additional information on this project is here.

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