Back to Basics

July 8, 2021
The abrupt switch to online learning may not have been ideal for colleges and universities—but it ultimately offered some valuable lessons. A new report from New America documents the successes and failures of the past 17 months and makes policy recommendations for how to improve access to high-quality online education in the future.
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Scaling High-Impact Practices to Improve Community College Student Outcomes

March 3, 2021
Public two-year colleges serve as an important access point for two out of every five students enrolled in postsecondary education. However, only 40 percent of community college students earn a postsecondary credential of any kind within six years, limiting their opportunities for advancement.1 Hoping to increase student retention and success, many colleges are developing and…
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High-Impact Practices and Gains in Student Learning

Feb. 9, 2021
This report examines the relationship between students’ participation in high-impact practices (HIP) and their perceived learning gains, with special attention paid to the nature of these relationships among Black and Hispanic students and among students 25 years or older. In 2018, with support from Lumina Foundation, the National Association of System Heads (NASH) launched an…

The Pivot to Remote Teaching in Spring 2020 and Its Impact

July 20, 2020
A report from Quality Matters and Eduventures Research chronicles the evolution of online policies and practices in U.S. higher education from the perspective of chief online officers. The survey specifically captures leadership reflections on the pandemic-induced emergency remote instruction in the spring: what happened, what worked, and implications for fall.

Quality Assurance and Improvement in Higher Education

May 21, 2019
Using a variety of data sources, including two in-person convenings of relevant stakeholders, a survey of state higher education agencies and system offices, and qualitative interviews, the partners explored current quality assurance and improvement practices, challenges and limitations related to quality assurance and improvement at the state and system levels, and ideas for how current…

New Approaches to Judging Quality in Higher Education

June 25, 2018
Spurred by the multiyear economic slowdown of the last decade combined with rapid advances in technology, new and innovative education and career training models have emerged outside of traditional colleges and universities. This report from The Council for Higher Education Accreditation profiles several emerging approaches to defining and measuring quality.