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Noël Harmon
Harmon currently leads the National Talent Dividend initiative, one of the signature programs of CEOs for Cities, to foster success among network cities to increase the post-secondary attainment among their residents. In that role she directs the National Talent Dividend Prize competition and the National Talent Dividend Network.

Harmon previously served as a senior research analyst at the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) where she worked with minority-serving institutions on initiatives such as the Walmart Minority Student Success Initiative, Lumina Foundation Models of Success, TG and National College Access Network Supporting Best Practices in Student Success, and the IHEP Summer Academy.

Entries by Noël Harmon

Innovation in the Air and on Land

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 12:48 PM

I boarded my most recent flight with the intention of getting a little extra sleep -- the baby I've mentioned in previous blogs is getting older, but seemingly sleeping less! However, there is something seductive about flipping through a magazine, uninterrupted! So I plucked up my complimentary copy of Delta...

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The Power of the Prize

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 2:01 AM

I've been traveling for a few days and came into the office early to catch up on work; however, before I got to the meat of my day, I received an e-mail from one of my supervisors asking me to send him "the best narrative you've written on why the...

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Apples to Apples: The Complexities of Lowering College Costs

(0) Comments | Posted August 23, 2013 | 11:35 AM

Due to the challenges of being in my third trimester, I've been working from home this week. I find I'm fairly productive at home, however I admit to a little channel surfing here and there. After surfing through literally hundreds of terrible options the other day, I landed on CNN...

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The Equity and Economic Educational Imperative

(3) Comments | Posted November 28, 2012 | 2:08 PM

I've always viewed education as a moral imperative, and devoted my 20s (and early 30s) to promoting equity in education. I approached this work with passion and probably a bit of self-righteousness; and I suspect many folks outside of the education field with whom I've come in contact would categorize...

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Talent-Driven Detroit: How the Motor City Is Getting Her Groove Back

(2) Comments | Posted October 31, 2012 | 1:19 PM

Co-authored with Michelle Elder

It's a new day in Detroit and there is much excitement by many for Detroit's economic recovery, entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship boom, technology revolution, and the surge of creativity charging the city. The jobs are back -- and new kinds of jobs are flourishing, the real...

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A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats

(2) Comments | Posted August 29, 2012 | 9:39 PM

I wrote a post back in May about the value of a post-secondary degree because I was becoming increasingly frustrated with a growing narrative arguing that college is a waste of time and resources. I tend to think and write about educational attainment from a social justice and...

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Encouraging Adult College Completion

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2012 | 11:27 AM

I recently found myself in the emergency waiting room (back spasms) and overheard a conversation between what I can only assume was a RN administrator and a new nursing student. The conversation focused on the administrator relieving the student's anxiety about returning to school. The student was concerned about writing...

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Metro Areas Take on College Affordability

(0) Comments | Posted July 3, 2012 | 4:59 PM

Many of us are pleased that Congress took action last Friday to temporarily freeze interest rates on federal student loans. But none of us should expect it to make more than a tiny dent in the massive problem of college affordability.

After all, we didn't get this deep into...

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Valuing Degree Attainment: A Reminder

(1) Comments | Posted June 25, 2012 | 4:08 PM

There is no silver bullet to growing our economy but research shows there is one economic strategy that comes closest -- college completion. It is ironic that at a time when we must focus on those economic strategies that have the greatest leverage, we are still debating the value of...

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Remedial Education: Focus on Improvement, Not Elimination

(3) Comments | Posted June 25, 2012 | 3:51 PM

Last week Ohio joined 21 other states and higher education systems eliminating funding for remedial education. While issues over alignment, delivery, expense, and the effectiveness of remedial education make it one of the most complex issues in higher education today, we argue that the elimination of funding runs counter to...

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