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Gilfus Analytics Launched

Leveraging our history in the development of Learning Management Systems, Gilfus Analytics is an elite team of independent industry experts from the Gilfus Education Group focused on developing strategies for the development of Academic Analytics and eLearning Intelligence in education. The Gilfus Analytics team can develop a strategy around learning analytics for your organization.
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With Their Whole Lives Ahead of Them: Myths and Realities About Why So Many Students Fail to Finish College

Jean Johnson, John Rochkind, Amber N. Ott, and Samantha Dupont - Public Agenda with support from the Gates Foundation

This report analyzes the reasons why so many U.S. students fail to complete college, tests assumptions about these reasons, and tries to identify solutions that young people themselves say would help most.

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Background: Addressing Access to Financial Aid

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, November 12, 2009

The Gates Foundation is working to try and change existing financial aid policies to better serve the low-income adults that most need it to remove the greatest barrier to there completion of postsecondary degrees.

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Background: Technology in Postsecondary Success

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, November 12, 2009

This white paper highlights the ways in which emerging technology and the use of online courses and other innovations show promise in reducing the cost and inconvenience of postsecondary education, a first step towads increasing completion rates.

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Background: Postsecondary Success Initiative

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, November 12, 2009

For the past 40 years the United States has increased the college enrollment dramatically, but completion rates have remained stagnant over that period and have fallen below those of other countries.  In this white paper, The Gates Foundation outlines some promising strategies for increasing postsecondary completion rates in the U.S.

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Going for the Goal: 2008 Annual Report

Lumina Foundation for Education

This annual report highlights the progress of the Lumina Foundation for Education in pursuit of their goal to raise the number of Americans with high-quality postsecondary degrees or credentials to 60 percent by 2025.

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College Access for the Working Poor: Overcoming burdens to Succeed in Higher Education

Courtney McSwain and Ryan Davis - Institute for Higher Education Policy, July 2007

This report takes a comprehensive look at the higher education experiences, financial challenges, and attendance and completion rates of the working poor.  The report's findings serve as guidance as our policymakers develop the policies and practices needed to raise the expectiations, enrollment, and completion rates of the working poor.

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A Culture of Evidence: An Evidence-Centered Approach to Accountability for Student Learning Outcomes

Catherine M. Millett, David G. Payne, Carol A. Dwyer, Leslie M. Stickler and Jon J. Alexiou - Education Testing Service, 2008

In this white paper the Education Testing Service presents a framework that higher education institutions can use to improve, revise and introduce comprehensive systems for the collection and dissemination of information on student learning outcomes. 

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The Financial Environment for Higher Education

Dennis Jones, NCHEMS - SCUP Board of Directors, April 16, 2010

This presentation provides fresh information on Dennis Jones’ earlier work on the financial crisis facing higher education and the elusive nature of financial sustainability.

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Through Cycle Mindset for Dealing with the Recession

Paul Jansen, McKinsey & Company - Forum on the Future of Higher Education, June 16, 2009

This presentation explores the likely impacts of the Great Recession on higher education.  It traces reactions to past recessions. It suggests the possibilities for institutional strategies to weather the storm.  These three strategies are 1) bridging, 2) “don’t waste a good crisis” and 3) through cycle.  The through cycle approach involves: 1)  We will not waste the crisis in terms of resetting our internal cost and will use our aggressive approach to shift resources to strategic priorities and 2) We will exploit weaknesses in competitors to acquire new customers, talent and competitors.