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Lumina Describes How Far States Have to Go to Meet College-Completion Goals

Sara Hebel - The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 21, 2010

States must increase the number of college degrees awarded each year in the United States, every year, by a total of nearly 280,000 if the nation is to meet the Lumina Foundation for Education's goal of increasing the proportion of American adults with a college degree to 60 percent by 2025.


In a new report, "A Stronger Nation Through Higher Education: How and Wh...


Reports Highlight Disparities in Graduation Rates Among White and Minority Students

Jennifer Gonzalez - The Chronicle of Higher Education, August 9, 2010

A pair of reports released on Monday by the Education Trust seek to reveal how disparate graduation rates are among white, black, and Hispanic students at hundreds of public and private universities, and call attention to individual institutions where the gaps are particularly large or small...


Signals: Applying Academic Analytics

Kimberly E. Arnold - EDUCAUSE Quarterly, Volume 33, Number 1, 2010

This article by Kimberly Arnold from the EDUCAUSE Quarterly provides a fuller description of the development of the Signals program at Purdue University, which enables faculty and students to receive real-time assessments, throughout the semester, of students’ performance in particular courses, normed against past experiences of successful students.  The article discusses how the program has been received and perceived by students.


NCTAF: Transform Teaching Through Collaboration

New publication says antiquated practice of teaching alone won't solve today's education problems
By Meris Stansbury, Associate Editor - eSchool News, July 1st, 2010

According to a new report, 21st-century teaching and learning can only occur if teachers and school staff work together as a collaborative team; simple adjustments to antiquated school policies and structures that are already in place won’t help.  The research brief, titled “Team Up for 21st Century Teaching and Learning: What Research and Practice Reveal about Professional Learning,” was conducted by the National Commission on Teaching and America ’s Future (NCTAF), with support the Pearson Foundation. The publication gives school policy leaders and educators an extensive review of research and case studies on innovative teaching practices currently implemented by top-performing schools.


The Spaces Between Numbers: Getting International Data on Higher Education Straight

Clifford Adelman - Institute for Higher Education Policy, November 2009

The research report, The Spaces Between Numbers: Getting International Data on Higher Education Straight, reveals that U.S. graduation rates remain comparable to those of other developed countries despite news stories about our nation losing its global competitiveness because of slipping college graduation rates. The only major difference—the data most commonly highlighted, but rarely understood—is the categorization of graduation rate data. The United States measures its attainment rates by “institution” while other developed nations measure their graduation rates by “system.”


The Financial Aid Challenge: Successful Practices that Address the Underutilization of Financial Aid in Community College

College Board Advocacy & Policy Center - May 2010

This report highlights successful practices that help community college students take greater advantage of financial aid. Developed in collaboration with the American Association of Community Colleges.


Charting a Necessary Path: The Baseline Report of Public Higher Education Systems in the Access to Success Initiative

Jennifer Engle and Mary Lynch - National Association of System Heads and The Education Trust, December 3, 2009

In fall 2007, the leaders of two dozen public higher education systems formed the Access to Success Initiative.  With support from The Education Trust, the system heads worked toward the goals of increasing the number of college graduates in their states and ensuring that those graduates are more broadly representative of their states' high school graduates.  This document represents the first report to the public on the progress of that initiative.


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Expanding Access and Opportunity: The Impact of the Gates Millennium Scholars Program

Institute for Higher Education Policy - January 2010

In 1999, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation began an innovative scholarship program that provides full financial support to low-income minority students across the United States. The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) program has already awarded more than 10,000 scholarships to exceptional students, with the ultimate goal of funding at least 20,000 students over the course of the 20-year program. Extensive research conducted on the program examines outcomes for several cohorts of Scholars using comparative data from non-recipients (students who applied but did not receive the scholarship) and national comparison groups of low-income, high-achieving minority students.