New Funding, Aligned Incentives

How Private Financing Options Can Foster Higher Education Innovation

July 26, 2016

This paper from the American Enterprise Institute explores the ways in which private financing options may foster innovation in higher education.

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Next-Generation CBE

Designing Competency-Based Education for Underprepared College Learners

July 25, 2016

Competency-based education could be an important piece of the national movement to increase educational access, equity, and credential attainment, suggests this report from Jobs for the Future. The study is the first in a series that examines the question of how to adapt CBE for adults who need to boost basic skills in order to succeed in college coursework.

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Opening the Textbook

Educational Resources in U.S. Higher Education, 2015-16

July 25, 2016

More than half of the faculty members who participated in a survey from the Babson Survey Research Group on open educational resources said they were not aware of OER or how instructors can use free or inexpensive alternatives to traditional textbooks in their classes.

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Public Safety, Public Savings and a Better Economy for All

Michigan’s Community Colleges Strengthen the Public and Private Sectors While Generating Revenue and Savings for Taxpayers

July 22, 2016

A report from ReadyNation calls on state and federal lawmakers to support strategies that expand access to and encourage completion at Michigan’s community colleges. Among the strategies suggested: Make advising more readily available and continuous to students; improve community college performance metrics; and provide summer Pell Grants to students.

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Student Loan Borrower Relief Hiding in Plain Sight

July 21, 2016

A report from The Century Foundation examines two major repayment programs run by the U.S. Department of Education to help student borrowers manage their debt—the Income-Based Repayment plan and the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program—and provides recommendations to help more eligible borrowers take advantage of these options.

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How High Schools and Colleges Can Team Up to Use Data and Increase Student Success

Ready or Not: It’s Time to Rethink the 12th Grade

July 19, 2016

A report from Jobs for the Future provides insight on how colleges and high schools can use data to inform the closer collaboration needed to promote college readiness and completion.

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Outcomes-Based Funding and Responsibility Center Management

Combining the Best of State and Institutional Budget Models to Achieve Shared Goals

July 13, 2016

State governments serve as a key-funding source for public higher education. Outcomes-based funding is an alternative to other methods of state allocations to institutions, such as base-plus funding, enrollment-based funding, and early performance-centered funding. Outcomes-based funding allows states to convey and promote alignment with goals and objectives for higher education by allocating state tax dollars to institutions based on measures of outcomes.

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Using Real-Time Labor Market Information to Achieve Better Labor Market Outcomes

July 13, 2016

Understanding complex labor markets including the demand for skills is key to guiding our investments in education and training. This is especially true for community colleges responsible for preparing a significant portion of the nation’s workers. These institutions are being increasingly challenged to better align their programs of study with entire economies undergoing restructuring and with most workplaces escalating their skill requirements. Policy questions surrounding higher education funding formulas, measures of performance and institutional rating systems are all seeking more focus on labor market outcomes.

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Serving the Equity Imperative

Intentional Action Toward Greater Student Success

July 13, 2016

A policy brief from the State Higher Education Executive Officers and Complete College America reviews data from 30 states to look at student success across race and ethnicity categories through the postsecondary education pipeline. The report includes strategies for boosting success and closing achievement gaps.

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State Financial Aid

Applying redesign principles through state engagement

July 13, 2016

A report from the Education Commission of the States offers lessons learned from states’ efforts to redesign state financial aid.

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