Here are some new resources and news about the field of higher education.
HSI Increases Reflect Growing Student Enrollment, Matriculation
New data analysis about Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) from Excelencia in Education and the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) reveals that such institutions are on the rise around the country, including in less-expected states such as Connecticut, Oregon, and Tennessee.
The biggest and perhaps least likely state to try performance funding will tie billions of dollars for community colleges to measures of student success. Faculty groups say this plan will punish students and colleges.
Free College and Adult Student Populations
This postsecondary resource is updated and reflects the action states are taking to support adult students.
One of the most pressing problems in American higher education is the high college dropout rate. Spending time in college without a degree to show for it means students will lose opportunities to work or cultivate skills elsewhere. College dropouts are also far more likely than graduates to default on their student loans. In many ways, dropping out of college is worse than not going to college at all.
Fresh Insights on First-Generation College Students: A Need to Change the Language of Retention
While the language we use in our campus retention efforts will not change overnight to center on the student first, it’s important for us to recognize that some of the predominant operating assumptions about first-generation students, in particular, are not accurate. As student demographics continue to change, we have the opportunity to reorient higher education to focus on what all student populations bring to campus rather than what they lack.
The college-going population is growing more diverse, requiring instructors to teach students with a wide array of educational backgrounds and skills. Tax-funded support of higher education continues to dwindle, and a majority of states now use some type of performance-based funding to reward — or punish — institutions on measures like graduation rates and job placement. Meanwhile, data and analytics have come to higher education, enabling colleges to track with greater precision who is struggling, and when and how.
2018 College Changes Everything® Conference
Register Now! July 19, 2018 (8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) Tinley Park Convention Center, Tinley Park, Illinois. The conference keynote speaker will be Dr. Mandy Savitz-Romer, senior lecturer in education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). Dr. Savitz-Romer is also the director of HGSE’s master’s program in Prevention Science and Practice and Certificate of Advanced Study in Counseling programs, which train future school counselors, school social workers, and youth development staff. Her work examines how school and non-profit organizations structure postsecondary supports that address developmental skills and readiness. She writes and speaks extensively on college and career readiness and school-based counseling, specifically as it relates to students of color and first-generation college students. She is the co-author of “Ready, Willing, and Able: A Developmental Approach to College Access and Success” and “Technology and Engagement: Making Technology Work for First-Generation College Students.”
Completion Reforms That Work: How Leading Colleges Are Improving the Attainment of High-Value Degrees
In this report, Mark Schneider and Kim Clark evaluate institution-level practices aimed at improving college completion rates. Through their research, they identified more than 600 “failure factories”—schools that graduate less than a third of their students within six years, producing alumni who often struggle in the job market. But they also identify notable “success factories”—schools that graduate an unusually high percentage of their students, launching them into promising careers. Impressive completion rates are not limited to any one type of college: Across all sectors, there are prominent examples of innovative colleges that graduate the vast majority of their students. In many cases, they achieve impressive results despite the typical challenges that might commonly be associated with their sector.