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1 Data Quality Campaign: Executive summary

Data Quality Campaign | n.d.

Data for Action is a powerful policymaking tool to drive education leaders to use data in decision making. It is a series of analyses that provides transparency about state progress and key priorities they need to take to collect and use longitudinal data to improve student success. DQC’s State Analysis annually measures the progress of all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico toward implementing the 10 Essential Elements of Statewide Longitudinal Data (...) Read More

Topic: College Readiness/pre-K-12 Issues, College Success/Higher Ed Issues, Using Data/Evaluation, (...) More Topics | Keywords: Accreditation/Accountability, Data Systems, High School/HS Reform

2 Providing more cash for college: Interim findings from the performance-based scholarship demonstration in California

Richburg-Hayes, L., Patel, R., Brock, T., de la Campa, E., Rudd, T., & Valenzuela, I. | 2015

Despite federal and state programs designed to ensure more equitable access to postsecondary education, policymakers and education leaders continue to struggle with how to increase postsecondary attendance and completion rates as the number of college graduates continually fail to meet demand. This June 2015 report from MDRC presents early findings from an evaluation of performance-based scholarships targeting college-bound high school seniors in California, a program called Cash for College Performance-Based Scholarship (CFC-PBS) Demonstration. In order (...) Read More

Topic: College Success/Higher Ed Issues, Paying for College, Underserved Students/Special Populations, (...) More Topics | Keywords: Borrowing/Loans/Debt/Default, Community College, Federal Policy, (...) More Keywords

3 Using workforce information for degree program planning in Texas

Goldman, C. A., Butterfield, L., Lavery, D., Miller, T., Daugherty, L., Beleche, T., & Han, B. | 2015

In an effort to better align higher education and workforce needs, the Texas legislature passed HB 1296 in May 2013, which requires the Texas Education Agency to report to students in public schools about needs in institutions of higher education and the state’s workforce. This legislation also stipulates that the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Texas Workforce Commission collaborate to publish information on the state’s future workforce needs to guide decisions regarding postsecondary (...) Read More

Topic: College Readiness/pre-K-12 Issues, College Success/Higher Ed Issues, Using Data/Evaluation, (...) More Topics | Keywords: Community College, Data-Driven Decision Making/Conducting Evaluation, Four-Year College, (...) More Keywords

4 Early college designs: Achieving college- and career-readiness for all

Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy | 2015

Remediation, lack of college guidance, limited academic preparation, and tuition costs are all potential barriers to a college education. With 41% of Massachusetts high school students graduating in 2007 earning a postsecondary degree six years later, school officials, policymakers, and researchers are looking for innovative solutions to increase college enrollment and degree completion. This 2015 study from the Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy and the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center presents findings on (...) Read More

Topic: College Readiness/pre-K-12 Issues, College Success/Higher Ed Issues, Underserved Students/Special Populations | Keywords: Dual Enrollment/Accelerated Learning (e.g. AP, IB, Early College, Tech Prep), Low-income, Minority/Race/Ethnicity

5 Best of both worlds: How Massachusetts vocational schools are preparing students for college and careers

Achieve | 2015

Many vocational schools in Massachusetts are now combining the state’s recommended curriculum with vocational education to give students a wide range of options after graduation. This June 2015 report from Achieve offers a view into innovative vocational programs in Massachusetts that combine academic and technical training through student profiles and data on student and postsecondary outcomes. Essex Technical High School, a vocational school with an expanded focus on college- and career-readiness, offers both Advanced Placement (...) Read More

Topic: College Readiness/pre-K-12 Issues, College Success/Higher Ed Issues | Keywords: Curriculum/Rigor/Course-taking, Dual Enrollment/Accelerated Learning (e.g. AP, IB, Early College, Tech Prep)

6 Leading in an era of change: On the ground: How districts and schools can make the most of Course Access

Foundation for Excellence in Education | 2015

Some states have implemented Course Access policies, which allow public school students to choose from a wider selection of quality courses across learning environments in order to meet the unique needs of students, schools, and districts. This July 2015 report from the Foundation for Excellence in Education builds on their previous report Leading in an Era of Change: Making the Most of Course Access Programs to discuss district implementation of Course Access. This paper includes (...) Read More

Topic: College Readiness/pre-K-12 Issues, College Success/Higher Ed Issues | Keywords: Curriculum/Rigor/Course-taking, Dual Enrollment/Accelerated Learning (e.g. AP, IB, Early College, Tech Prep), High School/HS Reform

7 Closing the expectations gap: 2014 annual report on the alignment of state K-12 policies and practice with the demands of college and careers

Achieve, Inc. | 2015

There is a persistent expectations gap in today’s educational system, a difference in what students must complete to earn a high school diploma and what employers and/or postsecondary institutions require. This January 2015 report from Achieve surveys state policies to ascertain whether or not they have the necessary practices in place to support college and career readiness for all students. Findings include that 23 states and the District of Columbia require college- and career-ready curriculum (...) Read More

Topic: College Readiness/pre-K-12 Issues, College Success/Higher Ed Issues, Using Data/Evaluation, (...) More Topics | Keywords: Accreditation/Accountability, Expectations/College-Going Culture/Peer Support, Preparation/College-readiness, (...) More Keywords

8 The new forgotten half and research directions to support them

Rosembaum, J., Ahearn, C., Becker, K., & Rosenbaum, J. | 2015

In 1988, the William T. Grant Foundation published “The Forgotten Half: Pathways to Success for America’s Youth and Young Families” describing the lack of support for non-college bound youth, calling them “the forgotten half.” This January 2015 report from the William T. Grant Foundation analyzes data from the nationally representative Educational Longitudinal Survey (ELS), which followed the graduating class of 2004 from their sophomore year in 2002 until the year 2012. It describes the circumstances, (...) Read More

Topic: College Success/Higher Ed Issues, Near Completion | Keywords: Community College, Enrollment Patterns (e.g. Part-time, Stopouts, 'Swirling'), Persistence/Retention/Attrition

9 Foundations for young adult success: A developmental framework

Nagoka, J., Farrington, C. A., Ehrlich, S. B., & Heath, R. D. | 2015

While education and workforce development are important pieces of investing in young adults, ensuring that young people achieve their individual goals and are empowered to change the world around them is a larger goal interrelated with college and career readiness. This June 2015 concept paper for research and practice synthesizes research, theory, and knowledge from multiple disciplines to establish a common understanding of young peoples’ developmental needs and propose a developmental framework for their successful (...) Read More

Topic: College Readiness/pre-K-12 Issues, College Success/Higher Ed Issues, College Access Programs | Keywords: Expectations/College-Going Culture/Peer Support, Preparation/College-readiness, Student Engagement

10 Beyond the GED: Promising models for moving high school dropouts to college

Rutschow, E. Z., & Crary-Ross, S. | 2014

Due to globalization and technological advancements, today’s economy demands a more specialized and skilled workforce, in which possessing a GED certificate does not guarantee success in the job market. This January 2014 report from MDRC analyzes current strategies in adult education that lead dropouts toward receiving a GED certificate or another high school credential and transitioning into a postsecondary institution. Innovative approaches include creating rigorous adult education curricula, supporting students through admissions and financial aid, (...) Read More

Topic: College Readiness/pre-K-12 Issues, College Success/Higher Ed Issues, Underserved Students/Special Populations, (...) More Topics | Keywords: Alternative Schools/Pathways for High-Risk Youth (e.g. Dropouts, GED), Transition Issues

11 College counseling in high schools: Advising state policy

Education Commission of the States | 2014

Driven in part by concerns that OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) nations are outpacing the United States in the number of adults with postsecondary credentials, many states have set ambitious postsecondary completion goals. Unfortunately, in many states these goals have not been supported by meaningful state policies to improve college counseling in high schools. If these current trajectories persist, states are unlikely to meet their postsecondary completion goals. This December 2014 issue of (...) Read More

Topic: College Readiness/pre-K-12 Issues, College Access Programs, Policy/P-16 Alignment | Keywords: Guidance Counselors, High School/HS Reform, Mentoring/Personalized Support, (...) More Keywords

12 Rising to the challenge: Are high school graduates prepared for college and work? 2014 Results

Achieve | 2014

This December 2014 presentation from Achieve contains the full set of survey results from a national online survey examining high school graduates preparation for college and the workforce. Too many recent high school graduates reported gaps in their preparedness with 49 percent of college students reporting large gaps in one or more subject area and 83 percent reporting some gaps in one or more area. Additionally, recent high school graduates indicated that the expectations in (...) Read More

Topic: College Readiness/pre-K-12 Issues, College Access Programs | Keywords: Curriculum/Rigor/Course-taking, Early Awareness/College Knowledge/College Planning, Preparation/College-readiness

13 Profiting higher education? What students, alumni, and employers think about for-profit colleges

Hagelskamp, C., Schleifer, D., & DiStasi, C. | 2014

For-profit colleges have attracted attention, both positive and negative, in recent years. This February 2014 report from Public Agenda and The Kresge Foundation examined perspectives of for-profit undergraduates, alumni, and potential students as well as human resource professionals hiring for positions requiring postsecondary credentials. It was found that many for-profit undergraduates (4 in 10) did not seriously consider other schools prior to enrolling at their current institution and that many students did not know their (...) Read More

Topic: College Success/Higher Ed Issues, Underserved Students/Special Populations | Keywords: Adult, For-profit Colleges

14 Tough love: Bottom-line quality standards for colleges

Dannenberg, M., & Barry, M.N. | 2014

Although college enrollment rates continue to increase in all demographic subgroups, U.S. college graduation rates are among the lowest in the developed word. Despite these low rates of completion, the federal government provides approximately $180 billion to colleges and universities in the form of student financial aid and tax benefits annually with little consideration to an institution's past performance on access, completion, and post-enrollment success. This June 2014 report from the Education Trust recommends targeting (...) Read More

Topic: College Readiness/pre-K-12 Issues, College Success/Higher Ed Issues, Using Data/Evaluation, (...) More Topics | Keywords: Accreditation/Accountability, Federal Policy, Four-Year College, (...) More Keywords

15 Evaluating for-profit higher education: Evidence from the Education Longitudinal Study

Liu, Y.T., & Belfield, C. | 2014

The for-profit higher education sector has come under recent scrutiny as research studies have found higher enrollment yet low earnings and high levels of debt among graduates. This September 2014 working paper from the Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Education and Employment (CAPSEE) evaluates the consequences of enrolling at a for-profit institution compared with either a public two-year or public/private four-year institution. For this analysis, the Education Longitudinal Study of 2002, a nationally representative survey (...) Read More

Topic: College Success/Higher Ed Issues, Paying for College, Policy/P-16 Alignment | Keywords: Affordability/College Costs, Community College, For-profit Colleges, (...) More Keywords

16 Closing the social-class achievement gap: A difference-education intervention improves first-generation students’ academic performance and all students’ college transition

Stephens, N.M., Hamedani, M.G., & Destin, M. | 2014

College students who do not have parents with 4-year degrees earn lower grades and encounter more obstacles to success than students who have at least one parent with a 4-year degree. In this 2014 study from the Association for Psychological Science (APS), a novel intervention designed to reduce this social-class achievement gap is tested with a randomized controlled trial. Using senior college students’ real life stories, a difference-education intervention was conducted with incoming students to (...) Read More

Topic: College Readiness/pre-K-12 Issues, College Success/Higher Ed Issues, Using Data/Evaluation, (...) More Topics | Keywords: Data Systems, Data-Driven Decision Making/Conducting Evaluation, Diversity, (...) More Keywords

17 Headed to college: The effects of New York City's small high schools of choice on postsecondary enrollment

Unterman, R. | 2014

This October 2014 research brief from MDRC is the final in a series examining New York City Department of Education's multiyear initiative to create small, public high schools available to any student who wants to attend. To examine effects of attending a small public high school of choice (SSC), college enrollment and degree attainment data were examined. It was found that attending an SSC increased average on-time graduation rates by 9.4 percentage points to 71.6 (...) Read More

Topic: College Readiness/pre-K-12 Issues, Underserved Students/Special Populations | Keywords: Graduation/Dropout Prevention - Secondary, High School/HS Reform, Preparation/College-readiness, (...) More Keywords

18 Beyond high school: Efforts to improve postsecondary transitions through linked learning.

Alliance for Excellent Education | 2014

Employment projections for the United States point to a growing need for a highly skilled and better-educated workforce. However, estimates indicate that the supply of qualified workers will fall short. This October 2014 paper from the Alliance for Excellent Education highlights how Linked Learning supports students’ transition from high school to postsecondary education. The paper does so by describing the efforts and outcomes of one school district, two high schools in different districts, a regional (...) Read More

Topic: College Readiness/pre-K-12 Issues, College Success/Higher Ed Issues, Using Data/Evaluation, (...) More Topics | Keywords: Academic Support - K-12 (e.g. Tutoring, Test Prep), Career Assessment/Exploration, Data Systems, (...) More Keywords

19 Blueprint for college readiness: A 50-state policy analysis

Glancy, E., Fulton, M., Anderson, L., Zinth, J. D., Millard, M., & Delander, B. | 2014

The Blueprint for College Readiness initiative was launched by the Education Commission of the States to provide support to states working to improve the transition from high school to postsecondary education. This October 2014 blueprint is designed to serve as a framework for K-12 and higher education leaders to conceptualize the multitude of education reforms underway in their states. The report is divided into two sections. The first features a menu of ten critical policies (...) Read More

Topic: College Readiness/pre-K-12 Issues, College Success/Higher Ed Issues, Using Data/Evaluation, (...) More Topics | Keywords: Accreditation/Accountability, Admission, Articulation and Transfer, (...) More Keywords

20 Career pathways explained: A strategy to help workers and employers meet today's job skill demands

Center for Law and Social Policy | 2014

An estimated 36 million adults in the United States have limited skills that prevent them from attaining jobs that provide family-sustaining wages. With two-thirds of jobs requiring at least some postsecondary education and training, it is important that these adults be able to access needed degree programs. Unfortunately, navigating the wide array of postsecondary options can be very confusing. The career pathway approach is a promising solution that offers routes to skilled professions with supports (...) Read More

Topic: College Readiness/pre-K-12 Issues, College Success/Higher Ed Issues, Underserved Students/Special Populations, (...) More Topics | Keywords: Adult, Career Assessment/Exploration, Mentoring/Personalized Support, (...) More Keywords

21 Minority-serving institutions: Doing more with less

Cunningham, A., Park, E., & Engle, J. | 2014

Obtaining a college degree is critical to improving the economic and social well-being of our nation’s citizens, especially for those low income and minority populations living in underserved communities. This February 2014 brief from the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) provides new and updated data on minority-serving institutions (MSIs), the students they serve, the fiscal challenges they face, and the efforts of several to improve the educational experiences and outcomes of their students. MSIs (...) Read More

Topic: College Success/Higher Ed Issues, Using Data/Evaluation, Underserved Students/Special Populations, (...) More Topics | Keywords: College Access Program/Resource Center, Data Systems, First Generation College Students, (...) More Keywords

22 Postsecondary institutions and cost of attendance in 2013-14; degrees and other awards conferred, 2012-13; and 12-month enrollment, 2012-13: First look (provisional data)

Ginder, S.A., Kelly-Reid, J.E., & Mann, F.B. | 2014

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary federal entity for collecting, analyzing, and reporting data related to the condition of education in the United States and other nations. This July 2014 First Look report from NCES provides users with an opportunity to access the data of the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) regarding the cost of attendance in U.S. postsecondary institutions, the number of degrees and certificates awarded by degree type, (...) Read More

Topic: College Success/Higher Ed Issues, Paying for College, Policy/P-16 Alignment | Keywords: Affordability/College Costs, Assessment, Federal Policy, (...) More Keywords

23 Blurring boundaries: Transforming place, policies, and partnerships for postsecondary education attainment in metropolitan areas

Miller, A., Smith, E., Park, E., & Engle, J. | 2014

By 2020, more than 6 out of 10 jobs will require postsecondary training. Even with a slight increase in college attainment in recent years, the fastest-growing minority populations are being left behind. This February 2014 study from the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) sought to follow up on previous work examining educational attainment rates by further exploring policies that either inhibit or facilitate degree production and identifying metropolitan-level, cross-section collaborations that help local leaders (...) Read More

Topic: College Readiness/pre-K-12 Issues, College Success/Higher Ed Issues, Using Data/Evaluation, (...) More Topics | Keywords: Accreditation/Accountability, Data Systems, Early Awareness/College Knowledge/College Planning, (...) More Keywords

24 Participation and pass rates for college preparatory transition courses in Kentucky

Mokher, C. | 2014

In response to growing concerns about college readiness, the Kentucky legislature revised the state’s assessment and accountability system in an effort to increase the number of students who are ready for college when they graduate. The Kentucky Department of Education and the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education responded by redefining college and career readiness, articulating objectives and outcomes to measure progress, and establishing pathways to achieve those objectives. This March 2014 study from the U.S. (...) Read More

Topic: College Readiness/pre-K-12 Issues, College Success/Higher Ed Issues, Using Data/Evaluation, (...) More Topics | Keywords: Academic Support - K-12 (e.g. Tutoring, Test Prep), Accreditation/Accountability, Assessment, (...) More Keywords

25 Transferability of postsecondary credit following student transfer or coenrollment: Statistical analysis report

Simone, S.A. | 2014

While a sizeable minority of students transfer or coenroll between institutions, credits earned at one institution may not move with them to the other. This August 2014 report from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) examines how often and under what conditions postsecondary institutions accept the transfer of credits earned by students at other institutions. Using transcript data from the 2004/09 Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study, this report addresses (...) Read More

Topic: College Readiness/pre-K-12 Issues, College Success/Higher Ed Issues, Using Data/Evaluation, (...) More Topics | Keywords: Accreditation/Accountability, Articulation and Transfer, Data Systems, (...) More Keywords

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