Completion With a Purpose Blog

Numbers Tell the Story: State Policymakers Face Tough Financial Aid Decisions

Three numbers are of paramount importance to the financial aid policy community: $11.7 billion, 4.5 million and 245. As the graphic below illustrates, states clearly are making significant investments to support postsecondary students through aid programs. In addition, the legislative volume, unique among areas of postsecondary policy, attests to the attention that state policymakers are giving to the role of…

Investing to Promote Completion With a Purpose

For just over two years, USA Funds® has been moving in a new direction to support better outcomes for students in postsecondary education and in their subsequent careers. We call our new focus Completion With a Purpose®, building a more purposeful path for students to and through college and on to rewarding careers. We promote Completion With…

Income Share Agreements: Connecting Education to Employment Through Financing

For those who may have missed it, in mid-April thousands of ed tech entrepreneurs, investors, educators, philanthropists and other edu-wonks converged on San Diego for the annual ASU-GSV summit. The conference, which first took place seven years ago in 2010, serves as a yearly gathering point for those interested in the latest developments in education technology and related services. As…

Streamlining Veterans’ Path to College and Careers

As Memorial Day approaches, our nation will pause to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. America’s armed services, veterans and their families are some of our country’s greatest resources. To ensure that veterans have a path to high-demand careers following their military service, USA Funds® has established partnerships  with states that are dedicated to providing…

College Value Should Guide Institutional Leaders’ Decisions

USA Funds® believes that students should consider their experience in postsecondary education as an investment that pays lifelong dividends. This “college value” consideration should play a key role as they determine their best path through college to career. Careful attention to college value is important for institutional leadership as well. To bridge higher education and today’s workplace, government and…

The 21st Century Way to Select a College Program

College is one of the largest single investments a family will make. According to the College Board, average annual out-of-pocket expenses to attend an in-state public university exceed $14,000, while comparable costs for a private four-year college top $26,000 a year. Multiply those figures by the four to six years it takes the typical student to complete college, and you…

STEM Pipeline Supported by USA Funds Scholarship

Pipelines are important to the energy sector. Similar to how oil and gas are transported safely from fields to refineries, the Cooperative Developmental Energy Program at Georgia’s Fort Valley State University has been an education pipeline identifying and developing under-represented students (females and professionals of color) to enter the energy sector and other science and technology fields for over 30…

Denver Takes Collective Approach to Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness

Over the past few years, Denver has been fortunate to experience incredible growth in our local economy. Fueled by new businesses and industries — and an influx of new residents — Forbes Magazine named Denver as the best place for business and careers for 2015, and as of February 2016, the Denver Metro Area’s unemployment rate stood at just 3.1…

Three Keys to Successful Competency-Based Education

Rising tuition prices and finite public budgets have spawned a lively policy debate about innovation in higher education. It is becoming increasingly clear that the traditional seat-based, “sage-on-the-stage” approach to teaching and learning does not work for every student. Competency-based education is one innovative approach to higher education. Competency-based education organizes academic content according to competencies — rather than by…

Education Forum Spotlights Value of State Partnerships

The recent Education Commission of the States annual forum helps illustrate how USA Funds® is partnering with governors and other state policy leaders who share our mission of ensuring that students complete their education with a purpose. USA Funds sponsored and participated in the ECS event in Washington, D.C., which included three days of diverse and thought-provoking presentations and…