Jamie Merisotis Biography

September 24, 2015

Download a printer-friendly version of Jamie Merisotis' biography  | .pdf | 2 pgs.

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Reverse Transfer

Paving the pathway

September 17, 2015

States must consider multiple factors to successfully implement reverse transfer policies, says this brief from the Education Commission of the States. Among the factors cited in the analysis: policy oversight, technology, funding, and student identification.

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Proposing a Federal Risk-Sharing Policy

September 9, 2015

New paper by Robert Kelchen proposes a new federal risk-sharing policy to ameliorate federal aid expenditure policies that are currently structured to limit college accountability and encourage colleges to stop offering federal loans in order to preserve Pell Grant eligibility.

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Brain Gain in America's Shrinking Cities

Civic Report

September 8, 2015

The conventional wisdom on brain drain - the flight of highly educated residents to other, more hospitable locales - and declining human capital in shrinking U.S. metropolitan areas is largely a myth, says this report from the Manhattan Institute. Brain gain, not drain, is the reality, the report argues.

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Weighing the Options for Improving the National Postsecondary Data Infrastructure

September 4, 2015

The purpose of this report is to identify the most viable options for improving our national postsecondary data infrastructure and to determine what actions are necessary to bring about the best possible solution.

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Who is Today's Student?

A two-page summary

September 1, 2015

When thinking of typical college students, most of us envision 18- to-21- year-olds fresh out of high school taking classes full-time on a sprawling campus. That is no longer true: full-time, 18- to 21-year-old students now make up just a third of the college population. Today’s students represent a new reality.

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Today's Student


September 1, 2015

Think You Know the Facts? Today's College Students Are:

  • Balancing Multiple Responsibilities
  • Older and More Racially Diverse
  • Financially Support Themselves... And Often Struggle to Make Ends Meet
  • Less Likely to Graduate

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Advancing the Economy Through Attainment

What Arizona Can Learn From States With Higher Education Attainment Goals

August 27, 2015

A policy brief from College Success Arizona highlights the critical need to increase the percentage of Arizonans who hold postsecondary certificates and degrees and the benefits associated with increased educational attainment. The report includes examples of five other states that have put strategies in place to improve college attainment for their students.

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How Did Revenue and Spending per Student Change at Four-Year Colleges and Universities Between 2006-07 and 2012-13?

Prepared for the Association of Public & Land-grant Universities

August 25, 2015

Public four-year universities and colleges are investing more resources to educate students despite absorbing overall funding losses due to state budget cuts not fully offset by tuition and fee revenue, says this report from the Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities.

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California Community Colleges Task Force on Workforce, Job Creation and a Strong Economy

Report and Recommendations

August 24, 2015

California must fill the need for an estimated 1 million more credentialed workers within the next decade, according to a report from the California Task Force on Workforce, Job Creation, and a Strong Economy. Among the report’s recommendations to address this challenge: Creating a set of metrics for evaluating the success of career and technical education programs and revising the curriculum-development process to ensure closer alignment with employers.

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