Merisotis addresses higher education productivity at White House meeting and Congressional hearing
To meet the nation’s economic and social needs, we must increase the number of high-quality degrees and certificates produced, at lower costs per degree awarded, while improving access and equity for the least well-served populations, according to Lumina President Jamie Merisotis. Merisotis delivered this message about higher education productivity during a private meeting between President Obama, university leaders and higher education experts earlier this month. Read and listen to Merisotis’ Nov. 30th testimony on college costs and productivity at a hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training.
Adult students key to college completion goals
Thisvideo compares Texas to the nation in college access, degree-attainment, affordability, postsecondary credentials needed for future workforce requirements and projected degree gaps. The video is part of Lumina’sproductivity work to help states deliver higher education in new ways and at lower costs to students and taxpayers.
Policy | Back on track
Policy barriers can hinder efforts to prepare off-track and out-of-school youth for college and career success, contendsDropout Recovery Is National Recovery, fromJobs for the Future. The policy brief explains how state and federal policy changes can enhance the work of youth-serving networks, community colleges, and others to get disengaged youth back on a college track.
Readiness | Common Core aligns with existing standards
Nearly four in 10 community college students were unable to enroll in a college course this semester because of full classes, according to thePearson Foundation Community College Student Survey. Study findings also show that more than half of community college students who recently graduated from high school say they were unprepared for college.
Attainment | Californians’ perceptions of higher ed
What value do Californians place on getting a college degree? Fifty-percent say it’s necessary for success in today’s workforce, according toCalifornians and Higher Education, from thePublic Policy Institute of California. The survey finds that 49 percent of Californians believe their state will face a shortage of college-educated residents needed for future jobs.
Data | Education tax credits, deduction benefit undergrads
Nearly half of American undergraduates reduced their college expenses by an average of $700 by taking advantage of an education tax credit or tuition and fees deduction, according to ananalysis by theNational Center for Education Statistics.
College enrollment is rising for more racial and ethnic minorities in the 16-member states of the Southern Regional Education Board, but degree completion remains a challenge, according to theSREB Fact Book on Higher Education, 2011.
Effective practices | Study examines education crisis of Latino males
The Internet offers opportunities to reduce higher education costs and help more students–especially working adults–achieve a college degree or credential. According to a 2011 survey of online learning, from the
Babson Survey Research Group and the College Board
, the number of students taking at least one online course in 2010 exceeded 6 million, a 280-percent increase from 1.6 million students in 2002. Some 65 percent of higher education institutions now consider online learning integral to their long-term institutional strategies, the study says.
Policy | Targeting incentives for degrees
The latestedition ofCollege Productivity’s
Tracking Momentum newsletter reports on the progress of states to implement higher education funding models that reward institutions based on performance outcomes such as student learning and degree completion.
Affordability | WICHE reports tuition, fees increase by 13%