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“What’s New in Analytics?” - Analytics on Work and Employability

Donald M. Norris

 

To complete the interview series begun at EDUCAUSE, we are progressively conducting a series of conversations with vendors and practitioners to describe the leading edge of analytics products and practice that affect higher education.  This will result in a white paper later this fall.

 

One of the important elements of Action Analytics is that the focus has expanded beyond traditional higher education in two important directions: 1) the scope of comparative analytics has expanded to consider the full pre-K-20 continuum and 2) analytics that illustrate the linkage between learning and work and employability are increasingly sought after...

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Calculating How Much “Education Pays”

Allie Grasgreen – Inside Higher Ed, September 21, 2010

 

The third installment of the College Board’s “Education Pays” series of reports, to be released today, concludes that earning a postsecondary degree still holds great benefits to individuals and society as a whole, but critics still question whether the reports take into account the true costs and burdens taken on by those who choose to earn degrees.

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Top Gap Closers: Some Public Four-Year Colleges and Universities Have Made Good Progress in Closing Graduation-Rate Gaps

Jennifer Engle and Christina Theokas - The Education Trust, College Results Online, January 2010

Even as college college-going rates have increased there still exists in this country a large gap in degree attainment between white students and their minority counterparts.  This paper explores the efforts of universities that have had success in closing this gap in student success.

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Community College Faculty and Developmental Education: An Opportunity for Growth and Investment

Amy Gerstein, John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities - The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Problem Solution Exploration Papers, August 2009

This paper explores the ways in which faculty professional development can help to address the increasing numbers of under-prepared students in our nation's community colleges in order to increase student success.

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Accountability and Innovation in Higher Education

Ben Wildavsky, Senior Fellow, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation - Excerpt form the Kauffman Thoughtbook 2007

Wildavsky describes the need for real measurement of higher education outcomes, such as the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) and other means.

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Training Tomorrow's Workforce: Community College and Apprenticeship as Collaborative Routes to Rewarding Careers

Robert I. Lerman - Center for American Progress, December 2009

This paper explores the potential for increasing valued and marketeable skills in our nation's workforce by scaling up apprenticeship programs, especially in combination with community colleges and other postsecondary education programs.

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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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Strong Students, Strong Workers: Models for Student Success through Workforce Development and Community College Partnerships

Harry J. Holzer and Demetra S. Nightingale - Center for American Progress, December 2009

This paper discusses the promise of community colleges as a source of skill development for low-income students, as well as the problems that currently limit their success with
this population. It explores a wide range of efforts by community colleges and states,with funding from private foundations as well as the federal government, to improve enrollments
and completion rates among disadvantaged youth and adults.

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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.