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The Delta Cost Project Report and True Reform

Richard Vedder - The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 9, 2010

Today’s issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education contains a provocative article by Richard Vedder in which he cites the compelling findings of the latest report from the Delta Cost Project.  In Vedder’s view, the conclusion must be that access, affordability and accountability – the new mantra of institutions – will not succeed unless they are accompanied by information, incentives and innovation.  This is precisely the formulation presented in our Wiki “Reimagining Higher Education, Post Recession.”  Check out both the article and our Wiki.

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The Delta Cost Project Report and True Reform

Richard Vedder - The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 9, 2010

Today’s issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education contains a provocative article by Richard Vedder in which he cites the compelling findings of the latest report from the Delta Cost Project.  In Vedder’s view, the conclusion must be that access, affordability and accountability – the new mantra of institutions – will not succeed unless they are accompanied by information, incentives and innovation.  This is precisely the formulation presented in our Wiki “Reimagining Higher Education, Post Recession.”  Check out both the article and our Wiki.

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First Newspapers, Now Universities: It's Transformation Time

Philip E. Auerswald, George Mason University - The Washington Post, June 8, 2010

According to Philip Auerswald, “The commencement season that has just drawn to a close has been, once again, a wonderful time to celebrate our enduring rituals of collegiate education.  Now prepare to say goodbye to them.”

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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.

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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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The Need for Open Source, Online Courses

Joan Leonard, co-author of the EDUCAUSE Review article “Action Analytics: Measuring and Improving Performance that Matters in Higher Education, ” showcases these three articles that underscore the need for open source, online courses.
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What exactly do we want?

List specifics problems you face and what information would resolve the problem.


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Using Data to Drive Performance

Doug Lederman - Inside Higher Ed, May 12, 2010

Inside Higher Ed reviews the Second National Symposium on Action Analytcs and discusses the innovative ideas presented there.

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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.

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Opportunity Adrift: Our Flagship Universities Are Straying from Their Public Mission

Kati Haycock, Mary Lynch, and Jennifer Engle - The Education Trust, January 2010

This paper discusses how despite efforts to provide greater access to higher education for low-income and minority students, many public universities still spend millions in funding for wealthy students and have not reached those who need help the most.