Here are some new resources and news for the field of higher education.
Outcomes-Based Funding: Lessons for Colleges and Universities. This collection of five papers is the third and final set of Lumina Foundation papers exploring how public colleges and universities are responding to moves by state policymakers toward the use of outcomes-based funding. The papers include:
- Leveraging Outcomes-Based Funding Policies at the Institutional Level
- Aligning Student and Institution Incentives in Higher Education Finance
- Connecting State and Institutional Finance Policies for Improved Outcomes
- Outcomes-Based Funding and Responsibility-Centered Management: Combining the Best of State and Institutional Budget Models to Achieve Shared Goals
- Using Real-Time Labor Market Information to Achieve Better Labor Market Outcomes
Career and Technical Education Coursetaking and Postsecondary Enrollment and Attainment: High School Classes of 1992 and 2004. This brief examines public high school graduates’ postsecondary enrollment and attainment for the class of 1992 as of 2000, and for the class of 2004 as of 2012. Changes in postsecondary enrollment and attainment are examined for all public school graduates and for those who earned different numbers of career and technical education (CTE) credits in high school. The postsecondary enrollment rate within eight years of high school graduation was higher for the class of 2004 than for the class of 1992 (89% versus 83%, respectively). This increase in enrollment rate was found for graduates who earned 2.00 – 3.99 CTE credits and 4.00 or more CTE credits. (Source: National Center for Education Statistics).
New Guidelines on Loan Servicing. U.S. Education Secretary John King Jr. announced new guidelines that aim to provide more transparent information for borrowers and more accountability for the companies that manage repayment of federal student loans. (Inside Higher Ed, July 21).
Serving the Equity Imperative: Intentional Action Toward Greater Student Success. A new report, Serving the Equity Imperative: Intentional Action Toward Greater Student Success, published by the State Higher Education Executive Officers and Complete College America, examines student success data across race and ethnicity categories from 30 states and offers strategies to increase success and close achievement gaps in postsecondary education.
Faculty Qualification Policies and Strategies Relevant to Dual Enrollment Programs: An Analysis of States and Regional Accreditation Agencies. As dual enrollment courses are designed to provide high school students with a college-level curriculum, states have developed policies to ensure that instructors meet the qualifications to lead college-level courses. These policies help ensure programs expose students to true postsecondary expectations. A new report released by the Midwestern Higher Education Compact and co-authored by Education Commission of the States, Faculty Qualification Policies and Strategies Relevant to Dual Enrollment Programs: An Analysis of States and Regional Accreditation Agencies, reviews the different policy approaches that individual states, as well as regional accreditors, have taken to determine faculty qualifications for dual-enrollment course instruction.