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Clearing the Jobs Pathway:

Removing Non-Academic Barriers to Adult Student Completion

Executive Summary

In order to reach the state’s workforce and economic goals, Indiana needs leadership to better align resources for adult students and to remove barriers that stand between them and post-secondary education and training programs. The state has made progress in tailoring academic and training programs to workforce demands and made steps toward incentivizing those programs with financial aid. And yet, too many of the would-be students who need these programs most never take the first step because their path is blocked by non-academic barriers. Many more start but stop or drop out permanently before completing degrees and credentials that would benefit their families and Indiana’s economy. A few examples:

To meet these challenges, Indiana needs leadership from the very top of state government to align policies, break down agency silos, and ensure accountability for resources and outcomes for adult students.

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JUNE 2017


  1. U.S. Census ‘Percent of Renter-Occupied Units Spending 30 Percent or More Of Household Income on Rent and Utilities’ 2015 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates

  2. Goldrick-Rab, S., Richardson, J., & Hernandez, A. Hungry and Homeless in College: Results from a National Study of Basic Needs Insecurity in Higher Education. Wisconsin HOPE Lab. (2017)

    For a full list of sources referenced in this report, please see the footnotes throughout the PDF document.

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