The Learning Season: The Untapped Power of Summer to Advance Student Achievement

Beth M. Miller


Students from different socioeconomic backgrounds learn at the same rate, but without access to quality summer learning opportunities, low-income students often fall behind their peers.

Adults Must Be College Ready Too

Blenda J. Wilson


Although "college-readiness" is usually associated with teenagers, adult learners often struggle with this issue. This article reflects on the difficulties and successes of adult learners who participated in adult basic education (ABE)-to-college programs.

New England 2020 FAQ


Answers to Frequently Asked Questions pertaining to the Foundation's "New England 2020" report.

New England 2020: A Forecast of Educational Attainment and Its Implications for the Workforce of New England States

Stephen P. Coelen and Joseph B. Berger


New England's changing demographics and varying levels of educational attainment demand support for and improvement of the region's higher education institutions.

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The Afterschool Alliance


Afterschool programs provide students with opportunities for learning and exploration, but too few children have access to quality, well-funded programs. This 2006 report highlights the need for afterschool programs and the work being done in the New England states to increase availability and public demand.

Transfer Access to Elite Colleges and Universities in the United States:

Alicia C. Dowd and Glenn Gabbard


Community colleges can offer low-income students a path to higher education, but transferring to elite, four-year schools often proves to be more challenging than earning an associate's degree.

State Merit Scholarship Programs and Racial Inequity

Don Heller and Patricia Marin


For minority and low-income students, unmet financial need—the gap between the costs of attending college and the resources available to students—presents a major barrier to attending college.

Critical Hours: Afterschool Programs and Educational Success

Beth Miller


What role can afterschool programs play in helping students navigate early adolescence to successful adulthood? This report explores the links between out-of-school time and educational success for middle school students.

Diversity Among Equals

Stephen Coelen, Patricia Crosson and Joseph Berger


Higher education institutions in New England have made significant investments in equitable access using affirmative action strategies to increase minority student representation—but significant policy barriers continue to impede educational access for low-income and minority populations in the region.

Getting Through College: Voices of Low-Income and Minority Students in New England

Colleen O'Brien and Jessica Shedd


Financial, academic, and social support are key factors in supporting low-income and minority students to succeed in postsecondary institutions.