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The WIOA rules are finally here. So now what?

  • Joanna
  • July 5, 2016

It’s not altogether unusual for the federal government to have a law on the books long before the rules that govern how the law will be enforced have been created. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act was different, though, in one key way: It required every state to come up with a comprehensive plan for

What excess capacity could mean for workforce development

  • Joanna
  • June 16, 2016

The base was enormous — far bigger than it had to be, given current national security needs. It was also sitting on top of some potentially prime commercial real estate — right in the middle of an urban area with one of the fastest growing economies in the nation. That realization led U.S. Air Force

Eight ways to battle the persistent class stratification of higher education

  • Joanna
  • June 13, 2016

The best indicator of whether a person will earn a college degree also appears to be the hardest to change: For nearly half a century, people who come from families in the top quarter of the income strata have made up more than 50 percent of those earning bachelor’s degrees at U.S. universities. That’s according

A privileged perspective on higher education?

  • Joanna
  • June 7, 2016

An overwhelming majority of Americans of every demographic group say it is “very important” for adults to have a degree or professional certificate beyond high school — and almost everyone (about 95 percent) say that’s “important” to some extent.  But ask Americans whether it’s important to increase the number of people who have such degrees

All the WIOA state plans in one place

  • Joanna
  • May 19, 2016

A month after the already-extended deadline for the submission of state plans, there still wasn’t a one-stop location for WIOA documents — so we decided to make one. You might think this would be as easy as a quick bit of internet searching, right? Well, it turns out that each state has its own idea

Are workforce opportunity plans too focused on those in the direst straits?

  • Joanna
  • May 10, 2016

Did the District of Columbia’s “D.C. Works” plan leave out a key group of stakeholders? That’s the contention Eric Sheptock, an advocate for homeless residents of the District. He believes the WIOA program’s drafters have ignored the needs of one rather significant group as they tried to build what Mayor Muriel Bowser has referred to