Moving from a Degree-Centric Postsecondary System to an Incremental Credentialing System: What Happens to Learners’ Financing Options?

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Incremental Credentialing

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Family Wealth & Postsecondary Completion

Addressing DEI in Incremental Credentialing

Family Wealth & Postsecondary Completion

The previously mentioned 2021 Indicators Report also highlighted the connection between family wealth and postsecondary completion. In 2019, there was a 24 percentage-point gap in college continuation rates between high school graduates in the highest and lowest income quartiles. Students caring for dependents, Black students, and students from low-income households were less likely than others to complete credential programs. This is an alarming statistic considering 37 percent of Black families and 33 percent of Latino families had negative wealth in 2016—meaning they have more debt than assets.

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