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Higher education resources

Here are some new resources and news for the field of higher education.

New College Promise Database  The College Promise Campaign released its first report Monday examining more than 150 Promise programs across 37 states that are offering some form of free community college. (Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 25)

New America Paper on Predictive Analytics  New America today released a paper that analyzes the use of data to predict student success, so-called predictive analytics. The practice, which is spreading rapidly, allows colleges to better intervene when students struggle, helping them chart a more direct line to graduation and better enabling the use of customized digital learning tools. (Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 24)

Report Underscores Racial, Class Disparities in College Degree Attainment  Despite the increased emphasis placed in recent years on the importance of obtaining a college degree, deep disparities between rich and poor, minority and White students still persist when it comes to who goes to college as well as who finishes, new college completion figures released Thursday show. (Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, Oct. 27)

U of Illinois President Seeks Plan to Bolster State Funding  The University of Illinois president is pursuing an agreement with state leaders that would guarantee the school multi-year funding in exchange for controls on tuition increases and other benchmarks. University officials have talked with the other state universities, legislative leaders and Gov. Bruce Rauner’s staff about the plan, said university spokesman Tom Hardy.

Policy Insights: Translating Research into Policy to Increase Equity in Higher Education: Lessons Learned from the ASHE-WICHE Collaborative  Brian A. Sponsler, vice president of policy and director of the Postsecondary and Workforce Development Institute at Education Commmission of the States, worked with a group of ASHE members and policy experts assembled by WICHE to create a forthcoming white paper. This report discusses highlights from that white paper.

Which IN Colleges Have Well-Paid Grads? A New Tool for Applicants Has Answers  The Indiana Commission for Higher Education recently rolled out a new college information system called the Indiana College Value Index that gives students and their parents a host of information about Indiana colleges and universities, including important feedback from alumni and details such as the percent of majors that earn salaries higher than the state median. (Chalkbeat, Nov. 2)

Employment and Enrollment Status of Baccalaureate Degree Recipients One Year After Graduation: 1994, 2001, and 2009  These tables present information on the employment and enrollment status of first-time bachelor’s degree recipients one year after graduation. The analysis uses data collected in the first follow-up surveys of three administrations of the Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study (B&B). The first follow-up studies, conducted in 1994, 2001, and 2009, respectively, collected data on graduates’ undergraduate education experiences and their early post-baccalaureate employment and enrollment. Total employment rates for bachelor degree recipient decreased from 87.2% in 1994 to 84.1% in 2009. Whereas, graduates going on to earn a Master’s degrees increased from 11.6% in 1994 to 18.5% in 2009 and Doctoral degrees increased from (1.4% to 1.7%) respectively. (National Center for Education Statistics)

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