Evaluating College Savings Plans: A Case Study on Arkansas and Mississippi

Education and Literacy;Parenting and Families;Poverty

Evaluating College Savings Plans: A Case Study on Arkansas and Mississippi

In an effort to improve family economic security in rural communities, Southern Bancorp Community Partners (SBCP) sought a sustainable funding source in 2013 for Arkansas's Aspiring Scholars Matching Grant (ASMG) Program, a savings incentive for low-to-moderate income families that matches funds saved for a child's college education in the 529 GIFT Plan, and investigated the possible creation of a matched 529 savings program in Mississippi. SBCP authored this paper to illustrate and examine the current options of college savings accounts offered in both states and analyze the causes behind low participation in each state's 529 plans.

April 2014

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Southern)-Mississippi;North America-United States (Southern)-Arkansas

Charting a Path: An Exploration of the Statewide Career Pathway Efforts in Arkansas, Kentucky, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin

Education and Literacy;Employment and Labor;Human Services

Charting a Path: An Exploration of the Statewide Career Pathway Efforts in Arkansas, Kentucky, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin

Examines successful state strategies in instituting a community college-centered career pathway framework, a series of education and training programs and support services focused on specific occupational sectors. Explores challenges and lessons learned.

May 2009

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Midwestern)-Wisconsin;North America-United States (Northwestern)-Oregon;North America-United States (Western)-Washington;North America-United States (Southern)-Arkansas;North America-United States (Southern)-Kentucky

Widget Effect: Our National Failure to Acknowledge and Act on Differences in Teacher Effectiveness, The

Education and Literacy

Widget Effect: Our National Failure to Acknowledge and Act on Differences in Teacher Effectiveness, The

Examines flaws in evaluations of teacher effectiveness that lead districts to allow poor performance to go unaddressed. Recommends a comprehensive system, to be used accountably and integrated with human capital policies, and efficient dismissal policies.

June 2009

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Southern)-Arkansas, North America-United States (Western)-Colorado, North America-United States (Midwestern)-Illinois, North America-United States (Midwestern)-Ohio

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