Education

Undocumented Undergraduates on College Campuses: Understanding Their Challenges and Assets and What It Takes to Make an Undocufriendly Campus

Report Author: 
Carola Suárez-Orozco, Dalal Katsiaficas, Olivia Birchall, Cynthia M. Alcantar, Edwin Hernandez, Yuliana Garcia, Minas Michikyan, Janet Cerda, and Robert T. Teranishi University of California, Los Angeles
Original Date of Publication: 
2015 Sep

Undocumented students face a host of challenges in attending and completing college, including lack of social support from their college campuses and fellow students. In this study, surveys were completed by over 900 undocumented college students attending 264 higher education institutions in the US (88.7% of participants were Latinx and 33 different primary languages were represented). The participants offered numerous recommendations for creating 'undocufriendly' campuses, suggesting actions that campus staff and administrators can take.

Source Organization: 
Other

How are Refugees Faring: Integration at U.S. and State Levels

Report Author: 
Michael Fix, Kate Hoper, and Jie Zong
Original Date of Publication: 
2017 Jun

This study looks at the educational and economic outcomes of five refugee communities (Vietnamese, Cuban, Russian, Iraqi and Burmese) in four states (California, Florida, New York and Texas).  The key question is whether the location of refugee resettlement has a significant impact on refugee integration.  This has been described as “the lottery effect” – the idea that refugees’ lives are impacted by being placed in locales with very different labor markets, costs of living and social safety nets.

Source Organization: 
Migration Policy Institute

Missing Out: Refugee Education in Crisis

Report Author: 
The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR)
Original Date of Publication: 
2016 Sep

This report tells the stories of some of the world's six million refugee children and adolescents under UNHCR's mandate who are of primary and secondary school-going age between 5 and 17. In addition, it looks at the educational aspirations of refugee youth eager to continue learning after secondary education. Education data on refugee enrolments and population numbers is drawn from UNHCR's population data base, reporting tools and education surveys. The data refers to the 2015-16 school year.

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Other

Talking Jobs: Lesson's from ENB's 2016 ESOL Student Employment Survey

Report Author: 
English for New Bostonians
Original Date of Publication: 
2016 Oct

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes are a critical investment in immigrants' success in America. The study Talking Jobs: Lessons from ENB's 2016 ESOL Student Employment Survey from English for New Bostonians examines a survey of 1,463 adult students in 39 MA ESOL programs. Survey respondents are primarily involved in four main employment sectors: accommodation and food services, retail trade, healthcare and social assistance and other services such as facilities support.

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Other

Providing Immigrants A Springboard into the Workforce

Report Author: 
Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education
Original Date of Publication: 
2017 Apr

Portland Community College (PCC), in Portland, Oregon, is a state leader in developing and implementing integrated education and training programs. The college’s innovative Adult Basic Skills (ABS) Career Pathways program offers nonnative English speakers, immigrants, GED students, and developmental education students an accelerated path to build their academic, language, and job skills concurrently. Students take a contextualized academic skill-building support course in tandem with their college classes to earn a Career Pathways credential, usually in just 6 to 9 months.

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Other

Collaborations with Libraries Offer New Learning Opportunities for Immigrants

Report Author: 
The Networks for Integrating New Americans Initiative, World Education
Original Date of Publication: 
2017 Jan

This factsheet summarizes the key lessons learned from the "Networks for Integrating New Americans Initiative" of World Education, funded by the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) of the Department of Education.It focuses on projects involving public library systems and adult education programs. The factsheet describes three communities that implemented model projects illustrative of each type of collaboration.

Source Organization: 
Other

Workforce Collaborations Build a System of Supports for Immigrants

Report Author: 
The Networks for Integrating New Americans Initiative, World Education
Original Date of Publication: 
2017 Jan

This factsheet summarizes the key lessons learned from the "Networks for Integrating New Americans Initiative" of World Education, funded by the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) of the Department of Education. It focuses on projects involving workforce development agencies and adult education programs. The factsheet describes three communities that implemented model projects illustrative of each type of collaboration.

Source Organization: 
Other

Changing the Course of Family Literacy

Report Author: 
Carol Clymer, Blaire Willson Toso, Elisabeth Grinder & Ruth Parrish Sauder
Original Date of Publication: 
2017 Jan

Despite the demise of targeted federal funding for family literacy programs in 2011 (known as the Even Start program), states continue to support family literacy programs as a useful strategy for combatting intergenerational poverty.

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Other

Korean Immigrants in the United States

Report Author: 
Jie Zong & Jeanne Batalova
Original Date of Publication: 
2017 Feb

Koreans in the United States are considered to be one of the most successful immigrant groups due to their high socioeconomic standing. This report examines the demographics of the Korean immigrant population using Census, Department of Homeland Security and World Bank data. While Korean migration to the U.S. increased exponentially following the Immigration Act of 1965, which lifted previous restrictions on Asian migration, Korean immigration rates have leveled off recently due to improved economic conditions in South Korea.

Source Organization: 
Migration Policy Institute

Language Diversity and English Proficiency in the United States

Report Author: 
Jeanne Batalova and Jie Zong
Original Date of Publication: 
2016 Nov

A new study reveals that 25.9 million individuals in the United States were Limited English Proficient (LEP) in 2015, including roughly half of the foreign-born population of 43.3 million. In “Language Diversity and English Proficiency in the United States,” the Migration Policy Institute presents a profile of LEP individuals ages five and older using Census data from 1980-2015.

Source Organization: 
Migration Policy Institute
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