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Equitable Value: Promoting Economic Mobility and Social Justice through Postsecondary Education

May 1, 2021

While structural racism has been part of the United States since before its founding, continued racial and gender violence alongside the coronavirus pandemic have exacerbated racial inequities across the country. The disproportionate impact of these events on people of color has catalyzed nationwide activism leading to renewed conversations about who has true access to opportunity in this country. Against this backdrop, the Postsecondary Value Commission leveraged diverse voices and experiences to interrogate the role that postsecondary education can—and should—play in promoting opportunity, paving an equitable path to economic mobility, and dismantling centuries of racist, classist, and sexist attitudes and policies. To be clear: overall, postsecondary education offers individuals the opportunity to earn a better living and build a better life for themselves and their families, while also fostering a healthier, more democratic society. Yet, troubling disparities in access to these opportunities exist by race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and gender.

Making Promises: Designing College Promise Plans Worth Keeping

November 1, 2017

The authors propose five key questions all policy-makers and higher education advocates should consider when crafting a college promise plan. The research suggests that time-to-degree is an essential issue to tackle when addressing college affordability problems. Given that time to degree is a function of college preparation, access, and affordability, the authors suggest all of these areas must be addressed in tandem in order to design a quality college promise program.

Major Malfunction: Racial and Ethnic Disparities in What Students Study

September 16, 2015

This analysis explores bachelor's degrees earned by race and ethnicity, broken down by area of study. The report identifies the majors and programs that produce the highest and lowest median incomes (both at the start of one's career and in the middle of one's career) and probes for uneven distributions of African American and Latino students. The report finds that these students disproportionately earn more degrees in low-paying majors, and fewer degrees in the highest paying majors.

The Best Jobs for Millennials

August 26, 2015

"The Best Jobs for Millennials" highlights and ranks the careers that set up young adults for economic security. Young Invincibles analyzed 400 occupations considering three key criteria: their median salaries, projected future growth, and percent of positions held by Millennials. Also included is an analysis of access to the best jobs by gender.

Finding Time: Millennial Parents, Poverty, and Rising Costs

April 29, 2015

Finding Time determines that more than 1 in 5 Millennial parents is in poverty -- a nearly 40 percent increase since the start of the new millennium -- and looks at the driving forces behind rising poverty among Millennial parents, such as student loan debt, falling wages and the exploding cost of education and childcare. The report also offers valuable policy solutions to make a difference for young parents. These solutions include providing affordable childcare on college campuses, paid leave, and flexible and secure work scheduling.

The Future of Millennial Jobs

December 20, 2014

The Future of Millennial Jobs explores the future of the labor force for Millennials and how higher education can better align with future job market demands. The report concludes that many young adults, ages 18 to 34 years-old, are uniquely prepared for jobs of the future with the knowledge and skills needed to effectively navigate workforce opportunities, yet points to reasons for concern, too: a growing number of Millennials, lacking access to technology and other resources, will be left behind.

Where Do Young Adults Work?

December 9, 2014

After a long recovery from the Great Recession, nearly 50 million Millennials are currently working across the nation, comprising a third of the workforce today. This report provides a snapshot of the present economic landscape for America's young working adults, illustrating where our generation works by sector and geography as well as how the most popular sectors have fared since the economic downturn.

Closing the Race Gap: Alleviating Young African American Unemployment Through Education

June 25, 2014

While the Great Recession continues to have ripple effects on the entire Millennial generation, young African Americans face unemployment rates that are twice that of their white peers. Closing the Race Gap takes an unprecedented look at the driving forces behind racial disparities in the job market, and how higher education can help fight joblessness.

In This Together: The Hidden Cost of Young Adult Unemployment

January 6, 2014

At a time when young people are facing a mountain of new challenges in college, the labor market, and the home, this report, lays clear how much the failure to provide young people with good jobs is costing America's economy and the public each year at the federal and state level. The findings are staggering: severely high youth unemployment costs $9 billion in tax revenue each year. This report is a call to action for the national public, and the message shouldn't be taken lightly. How we tackle the problems facing today's youth has enormous implications for what the rest of the 21st century will look like in the U.S. Their policy proposals represent the opening of a national dialogue about how to address our current youth employment crisis. at the federal and state level.