Working learners have distinct needs and assets as students and employees, yet many schools and workplaces are not designed to best serve working learners and take advantage of their experiences and wisdom. The task of this workstream is to consider past, present and potential future ways of organizing and better integrating schools and workplaces in ways that give the needs and assets of working learners top priority.
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
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.
What Works for Adult Learners: Lessons from Career Pathways Evaluations
by Debra Bragg with Barbara Endel, Nate Anderson, Lisa Soricone, and Erica Acevedo
Accelerating Pathways to Careers for Adult Learners
by JFF for the US Department of Labor
The Comeback Story: How Adults Return to School to Complete Their Degrees
by Hadass Sheffer, Iris Palmer, and Annette B. Mattei
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.
The Future of Higher Education: What’s the Life Course Got to Do with It?
by Richard A. Settersten, Jr., and Barbara Schneider
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.