Educating for the Future: Baseline Estimates of Minnesota’s Educational Attainment
Minnesota Office of Higher Education, May 2016, 41 pp.
The 2015 Minnesota Legislature enacted legislation setting a target that 70 percent of Minnesota adults age 25 to 44 will have attained a postsecondary certificate or degree by 2025. Before that data could be measured, Minnesota needed to determine the current percentage of the age 25 to 44 population with a certificate or higher, by race and ethnicity. This report establishes methods to estimate current data to understand the gaps faced. more info >
Pohlad Family Foundation 2015 Youth Advancement Overview
Pohlad Family Foundation, January 2015, 10 pp.
Information on disconnected youth, or youth not enrolled in high school or college and not employed. Includes Twin Cities data, the factors affecting disconnection, and evidence about promising practices. more info >
Higher education partnerships for prosperity
Itasca Project, July 2012, 32 pp.
The Itasca Higher Education Task Force brought together leaders from Minnesota’s higher education institutions and business community to identify strategies to build upon the strengths of our educational system and meet the challenges ahead, forming a four-part strategic vision for higher education in collaboration with businesses outlined in this report. more info >
21st century skills, education and competitiveness
Partnership for 21st Century Skills, September 2008, 16 pp.
This report is aimed at policymakers and leaders in the business, education and workforce development communities. It provides guidance on shaping public education policies that will secure America's economic competitiveness, giving students the skills they need to succeed in a knowledge and information-based economy. more info >
Opening doors : support success: Services that may help low-income students succeed in community college
MDRC, October 2004, 51 pp.
Provides information on student services, their role in community college settings, and how they are delivered. It highlights promising practices associated with these services, and identifies some limitations. more info >
From the prison track to the college track : pathways to postsecondary success for out-of-school youth
Jobs for the Future, March 2004, 20 pp.
Focuses on four types of learning environments that appear to hold particular promise for vulnerable and potentially disconnected youth: reinvented high schools, secondary/postsecondary blends, education/employment blends, and extended learning opportunities. more info >
Four building blocks for a system of educational opportunity : developing pathways to and through college for urban youth
Jobs for the Future, February 2003, 20 pp.
Looks at the demographic and economic trends that demonstrate the need for alternatives to the "one-size-fits-all" high school, learning environments producing strong results for urban youth and recommendations for policy and practice. more info >
Georgetown Public Policy Institute Center on Education and the Workforce
The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce is an independent, nonprofit research and policy institute affiliated with the Georgetown Public Policy Institute that studies the link between education, career qualifications, and workforce demands. more info >
Education Commission of the States
Educational information covering early learning, K-12, and postsecondary. The issue sites include summaries of the facts, what states are doing, programs and practice, and sources of additional information on topics such as school readiness, assessment, at-risk students, charter schools, child abuse, educational attainment, mentoring, teaching, and many more. more info >
ERIC database (Education Resources Information Center)
Database of education research. more info >