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This issue brief from the Center for American Progress highlights best practices in performance-based funding in six states: Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Tennessee, Washington and Louisiana. The report summarizes the history of performance-based funding, reviews current state policies on performance-based funding, and offers recommendations for improvement. More »
This report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center shows the increasing role of community colleges as a stepping stone to a four-year degree. According to the report, 45 percent of students who received a four-year degree in 2010-11 were previously enrolled in a two-year institution. More »
A collection of 12 essays by business leaders and education innovators compiled by the Institute for a Competitive Workforce and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Arne Duncan, Margaret Spellings and Jamie Merisotis are among the contributors.
A Schott Foundation report suggests that without a policy framework that creates opportunity for all students, strengthens supports for the teaching profession and strikes the right balance between support-based reforms and standards-driven reforms, the U.S. will become increasingly unequal and less competitive in the global economy. More »
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The credit hour—the standard unit of measurement for higher education—tells us very little about what students actually learn. A new report funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Lumina Foundation advocates a shift in federal policy away from the old standard to better prepare college graduates for success beyond college. More »
This report, from Jobs for the Future, examines the use of placement exams as a way to determine whether incoming students are college ready. The report suggests that students who are placed in remedial courses as a result of the exam may ultimately be deterred from completing a degree or credential. More »
Update on the Federal Maintenance of Effort Provision: Reinforcing the State Role in Public Higher Education Financing
This brief from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities looks at recent trends concerning federal maintenance of effort (MOE) provisions and their impact on state support for higher education. The report concludes that MOE provisions can be an effective incentive for getting states to strengthen their financial commitment to higher education and help keep tuition costs down. More »
High school students from underrepresented populations who take college courses for credit are more likely to graduate, enroll in four-year colleges and persist toward a degree, according to this study from the James Irvine Foundation. More »
Helping adults with some college credits complete their degree or certificate is essential to state and national goals to boost education attainment. This report, from the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, highlights several promising ideas and innovative practices designed to improve adult college completion. More »
More students attend multiple institutions while working toward their educational goals, concludes this report by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. The report examines reverse-transfer behaviors of first-time-in-college students who entered four-year colleges and universities in fall 2005 and follows their college enrollments for six years through the summer of 2011. More »