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Building pathways to success for low-skill adult students: lessons for community college policy and practice from a longitudinal student tracking study

Publisher: Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

Published At: Olympia, WA

Date Published: April 2005

Distributor: Community College Research Center, Teacher's College, Columbia University

Source Address: 439 Thorndike Building, 525 W. 120th Street, Box 174

Source City/State/Zip: New York NY 10027

Phone: 212-678-3091

Material Type: Research/Technical Report

Intended Audience: Policy Maker

Physical Media: Print

Physical Description: 29 p.

Subjects: Education Work Relationship; English (Second Language); Adult Basic Education; Community Colleges; Transitional Programs; Demonstration Programs

This report describes a study of student record information from the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. The study examined the educational experience and attainment, as well as the employment and earnings, of a sample of adult students age 25 or older, five years after first enrolling. The study found evidence that attending college for at least one year and earning a credential provides a substantial boost in earnings for adults with a high school diploma or less who enter higher education through a community college. It is known as the "tipping point" study.

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