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Overcoming Obstacles,Optimizing Opportunities: State Policies to Increase Postsecondary Attainment for Low-Skilled Adults

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Publication Date: March 2008

Publisher(s): Center for Law and Social Policy

Author(s): Amy-Ellen Duke; Julie Strawn

Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Topic: Education (Adult, technical, and vocational education)

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


This paper, by Amy-Ellen Duke and Julie Strawn, provides an overview of state policies that can be most successful in helping lower-skilled adults enter and succeed in college and careers. The paper introduces a series of state policy reports developed as part of Breaking Through, a national project that is helping community colleges identify and develop institutional strategies that can enable low-skilled adult students to enter into and succeed in occupational and technical degree programs at community colleges.