A report from the Southern Regional Education Board looks at key issues regarding dual enrollment and how each state addresses student access, eligibility and cost, program quality, funding, and data reporting.
An increase to state higher education appropriations could have a modest impact on graduation rates, states a new report from the Midwest Higher Education Compact. According to the study, a 10-percent boost to state higher education funding over a 12-year period would have resulted in 27,200 more bachelor’s degrees awarded to Black, Latinx, and white…
California’s community colleges began implementing Assembly Bill 705 (AB 705) in fall 2019, making major reforms to assess and place students away from pre-requisite remediation courses for English and math and into transfer-level courses. This report from the Public Policy Institute of California examines the progress colleges and students have made around transfer-level math courses…
Early Indicators of STEM Transfer Success for Community College Students
Nov. 22, 2021
Using findings from a study of postsecondary college transcript and degree records, this report from the Community College Research Center describes metrics that may be useful in assessing efforts to improve STEM transfer outcomes.
This brief from MDRC and the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association offers promising strategies to address the barriers that state-level postsecondary leaders say inhibit evidence-based policy making in higher education.
This report from New America shows that 24 states now allow at least some community colleges to offer bachelor’s degrees. The study also explores how these states and colleges are using such programs to address student demand and community and labor market needs.
State-Based Policies to Improve Postsecondary Outcomes
Oct. 22, 2021
Higher education reformers should align their efforts with the lessons they have learned in the K–12 space, says a report from the American Enterprise Institute. Among the report’s suggestions: promoting meaningful competition and market-based accountability, aligning educational pathways with other parts of the education and training equation, and ensuring students are empowered to make informed…
A developmental evaluation of two partnerships' efforts to improve state-level postsecondary outcomes
Oct. 1, 2021
This report documents efforts in Alabama and Indiana to impact state-level postsecondary education using regional and local models and offers examples of how the context in which a partnership operates and their partnership-building process can influence partnership structure, stakeholder engagement, and partnership activities.
A collection of evidence-based policies to increase educational attainment
Aug. 31, 2021
Lumina’s state policy agenda recommends ways in which states can identify, attract, and spend resources so that many more Americans can earn post-high school credentials with workplace value. The Agenda seeks to build a fairer, more racially just postsecondary system and is Lumina’s response to state leaders who ask how they can reach their state…
The issue of stranded credits has captured the attention of the media, states, and the federal government, leading many colleges and universities to either end their transcript withholding policies or use donations or federal recovery funds to pay down some students’ institutional debt. A new report from Ithaka S+R provides a voice to dozens of…
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