Proposal for New Federal Education Credit and Accountability System

Inside Higher Ed: A new policy paper published by the Brookings Institution's Hamilton Project proposes two new federal government programs designed to bridge the divide between higher education and the workforce system. The goal of these linked new programs and funding streams, the paper's co-authors argue, is to expand and equalize access to postsecondary education, reduce the sector's reliance on in-person instruction and to develop a "cumulative science" of adult learning.

The paper proposes new Learning Opportunity Credits for U.S. adults who have experienced job loss and have received unemployment benefits during the last two years. The federal credits would be redeemable for postsecondary coursework offered by accredited and registered learning organizations.

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