Outlines the College Access Challenge Grant Program to fund state strategies for improving college access and boosting low-income students' attainment. Examines how states have used the grants so far and suggests including adult learning initiatives.
- Observation: The College Access Challenge Grant Program (CACG) has become the federal government's leading initiative to foster innovative policies and practices around college access.
- Observation: Expanding college access and success among adults as well as young people is necessary to ensure that the United States can field enough skilled workers to power its economy over the next generation.
- Observation: A handful of states with notable adult learning initiatives, such as Washington and Kentucky, do not include these initiatives in their CACG plans.
- Challenge: The majority of states are devoting their entire CACG grants to improve college going rates among a narrow population: middle and high school students, which leaves no funding for focus on other population groups such as working adults.