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Research and Evaluation
Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis, Part II

A New Survey of College and University Presidents

April 27, 2020
A new survey from Inside Higher Ed highlights the top concerns of college leaders in the face of the coronavirus: Among their worries: the impact of the pandemic on vulnerable students, uncertainty about the future, flexibility on regulatory limitations regarding remote learning, and potential budgetary challenges.   
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The Math Problem

Removing the Math Barrier to College Completion

April 20, 2020
Mathematics education in the United States is at a crisis level. In California and across the nation, students are entering college with individual math proficiency deficits that must be more effectively addressed, states a new report from The Precision Institute of National University. The study offers several recommendations, including the use of data to identify…
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An Army of Temps

AFT 2020 Adjunct Faculty Quality of Work/Life Report

April 15, 2020
Up to 40 percent of adjunct and contingent faculty at two- and four-year colleges and universities have trouble affording basic household expenses, states this report from the American Federation of Teachers. The report also says that more than one-third of the 3,000 survey respondents earn less than $25,000 annually.
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High School GPAs and ACT Scores as Predictors of College Completion

Examining Assumptions About Consistency Across High Schools

April 13, 2020
Across all high schools in the study, each incremental increase in GPA is associated with an increase in the odds of graduating college. The chance of graduating from college ranges from 20 percent for students with high school GPAs under 1.5 to about 80 percent for those with GPAs of 3.75 or higher, after controlling…
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Driving Awareness, Inclusion, and Integration for Racial Equity in Postsecondary Education

Talent, Innovation, and Equity Evaluation

March 30, 2020
Racial equity is achieved when race can no longer be used to predict life outcomes. Read Research for Action's evaluation of Lumina's TIE (Talent, Innovation, and Equity) grant program.
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Inflection Point

Educational Resources in U.S. Higher Education

March 9, 2020
More faculty at colleges and universities are choosing to make the shift from print to digital textbooks, according to new research from Bay View Analytics. The report also cites a greater understanding on the part of faculty that many of their students are going without required textbooks because of cost factors.
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The Data That Matter and the Plans That Work

New Districtwide Approaches to Student Success Beyond High School

Feb. 20, 2020
The real data on students’ postsecondary outcomes are affordable, accessible, and unfortunately underutilized. If harnessed for advising high school students before graduation, these data could significantly change the approach to preparing students for college and career success across the country.
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Character and the College Admission Process

Research Brief from the National Association for College Admission Counseling

Feb. 11, 2020
A report from the National Association for College Admission Counseling and the Character Collaborative surveyed college admissions officers on the various factors they consider important in admissions decisions. Grades, college preparatory courses, and strength of the curriculum all rated highly. But positive character attributes also were given considerable importance in their decisions, the report says.
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21st-Century Research

Crossing the Disciplinary Lines

Feb. 3, 2020
Many universities have started to align research efforts within departments to solve real-world problems. In order to do this, faculty members must be willing to work across academic specialties—something that higher education has often struggled with. This report from The Chronicle of Higher Education offers positive and negative viewpoints of interdisciplinary work through stories and…
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A Leg Up on College

The Scale and Distribution of Community College Participation Among California High School Students

Jan. 23, 2020
In California, the historical lack of an integrated state data system that connects information from K-12 to higher education has hampered efforts to understand the extent of dual enrollment here. The prevailing narrative has been that California lags other states and the nation in dual enrollment, which is offered in 89% of U.S. high schools,…
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