Aspen Institute Publications

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Optimizing Talent: The Promise and the Perils of Adapting Sectoral Strategies for Young Workers

Sheila Maguire
February 24, 2016

Long-term self-sufficiency means more than just a job. Those at the bottom of the labor market—especially young adults with limited education who face high rates of unemployment—need in-demand skills, a clear career path, and solid supports.  In recent years, sector-based strategies have yielded promising results for moving low-income jobseekers and workers into living wage positions.


Apprenticeship: Training That Works

Susan Crane and John Colborn
February 23, 2016

In Training That Works, authors John Colborn and Susan Crane scan the field of apprenticeship and identify areas where coordinated investments of foundations could support high-leverage, actionable ideas that would grow apprenticeship and strengthen its impact on poor and marginalized populations.  The report targets 4 aspects of the...

Promising Practices - Flipping the Classroom

Promising Practices
AspenWSI and Achieving the Dream
February 15, 2016

Seeking to boost student success in health sciences, Austin Community College’s (ACC) Biology Department set out to fundamentally change how students learn and master prerequisite course material. Faculty members re-designed three traditional lecture courses by introducing web-based modules and coupling them with class sessions devoted primarily to student-led, small group activities. Data reports from...

Promising Practices - Northern Virginia Community College

Promising Practices
AspenWSI and Achieving the Dream
February 15, 2016

In 2011, Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) launched a new Adult Career Pathways (ACP) initiative to enable more low-income adult students to access and succeed in career studies programs. Over its first three years, the ACP program grew rapidly to serve more than 1,000 adult studentswho consistently achieved high rates of college success and persistence towards a credential. The ACP program...

Promising Practices - The Power of Pell

Promising Practices
AspenWSI and Achieving the Dream
February 15, 2016

In response to declining public funding for noncredit workforce programs, Mott Community College took the unusual step of awarding Pell “Clock Hour” grants to students in two noncredit health care certificate programs. These Pell “Clock Hour” grants allowed unemployed workers to continue to re-train for new health care careers at no cost. While the College succeeded in leveraging substantial Pell funds...

Comment Letter: Proposed ERISA Safe Harbor for State Savings Arrangements

January 19, 2016

On January 19, 2016, FSP submitted public comments to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) regarding DOL's recent proposal to establish a safe harbor from the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) for savings arrangements established by states for non-governmental employees. FSP commends DOL for providing this legal guidance, which FSP believes will reduce confusion and uncertainty in...

Connecting Young Adults To Employment: Results From A National Survey Of Service Providers

Ranita Jain with Maureen Conway and Vickie Choitz
January 19, 2016

America’s youngest workers are facing their most dire employment prospects in recent history. It is estimated that 6.7 million young adults are out of school and out of work. Many organizations – youth development organizations, public workforce organizations, community-based organizations, education organizations, and others – are working hard to provide young adults with the skills and connections...

Tracking Transfer

College Excellence Program, National Student Clearinghouse, and the Community College Research Center at Columbia University
January 19, 2016

This research report recommends a comprehensive set of five measures as a new way to track which institutions are effective in serving transfer students and which states have a robust transfer pipeline from community colleges to four-year schools. Using this common set of metrics for measuring effectiveness, the report examines the average outcomes for students who first started...

Recent Department of Labor Rules Open the Door for States to Move Forward with Retirement Initiatives

January 5, 2016

On November 18, 2015, the Obama Administration's Department of Labor (DOL) published two important legal opinions that propose to give states new options for expanding retirement coverage for private-sector workers. These opinions open the door for states to move forward along one of two distinct paths: a payroll deduction plan that avoids ERISA, or a more traditional model that would fall under ERISA....

The Future of Work for Low-Income Workers and Families

Vickie Choitz with Maureen Conway
December 17, 2015

The Future of Work for Low-Income Workers and Families is a policy brief aimed at state policy advocates and policymakers seeking to help low-income workers and their families secure healthy economic livelihoods as the nature of work...