main
community
contact staff ecs twitter facebook
PostsecondaryPostsecondary SuccessCompletionWhat States Are Doing (Additional Resources)
 
  POSTSECONDARY SUCCESS
 COMPLETION
 
 What States Are Doing
 Selected Research & Readings
 


Postsecondary Students--Adults


State Data Exchange: 43 Years and Still Counting - This report contains the latest statistics on postsecondary education in the 16-state SREB region, including information by institutional category. The report shows where each SREB state’s universities, colleges and technical institutes stand, and identifies year to year changes in indicators in the following areas: enrollment; student persistence/graduation/progression and time/credits to degree; student price and financial aid; college funding, and; faculty compensation. (SREB, 2013)...

Open-Access Colleges Responsible for Greatest Gains in Graduation Rates - The largest gains in graduation rates over the past decade have been accomplished at open-access or nearly open-access colleges and universities. In addition, states could see even bigger increases if they directed their policies and supports toward improving graduation rates at these non-selective institutions. (William Doyle, National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, February 2010)...

Measuring Up: A Midwestern Perspective on the National Report Card--2002 to 2008 - This report enables Midwestern states to make comparisons regionally and nationally in the following areas: preparation for college, participation, affordability, completion and benefits. The report is created to provide policymakers and the public with non-partisan information about state progress in higher education. (Educational Policy Institute, October 2009)...

Several Universities Have Improved Systems to Track Student Progress - Have the Board of Governors and universities addressed the findings and recommendations included in the 2006 report on student tracking systems used by state universities. (Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability, Report 09-22, March 2009)...

Final Report from the Task Force on Retention and Completion Rates at the Community Colleges - According to the national data (IPEDS), the average community college graduation rate for first-time, full-time, degree-seeking students in Massachusetts was 17.4% in 2005, as compared to the national average of 21.5%. A Massachusetts task force developed goals and recommendations to increase the success and educational goal attainment for all community college students. The three goals include: increase the graduation rate for first-time, full-time, degree seeking students who complete their program within seven years; develop comprehensive student success measures for all community college students; and leverage financial resources to implement task force recommendations. (Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, February 2007)...

Rules of the Game: How State Policy Creates Barriers to Degree Completion and Impedes Student Success in the California Community Colleges - California’s community colleges are providing broad access to college, but that access is not translating into degree completion. In fact, only 60% of first-time community college students are seeking a degree or certificate, and only about one-fourth of these transfer to a university and/or earn an associate’s degree or a certificate within six years. Without big gains in educational attainment, especially among the Latino population, the state’s per capita income will soon fall below the national average and the education level of the workforce will decline, conclude the authors. This policy brief describes the role that current policies play in impeding completion, and offers recommendations for policy change to better the prospects for students and the state. (Nancy Shulock and Colleen Moore, California State University – Sacramento, February 2007) ...

Adding It Up: A State and National Imperative - This report - comprised of key indicators and projections related to postsecondary attainment - is designed to help institutional, system and state leaders advance a conversation about the urgent need to increase college access and success for all students. The profiles show that while states vary considerably in their current and expected performance in producing a college-educated population, all states must strengthen their postsecondary pipelines to be internationally competitive, meet emerging workforce needs and promote social mobility and equity of opportunity. (The National Center for Higher Education Management Systems and Jobs for the Future for Making Opportunity Affordable, 2007)...

Measuring Up 2006 - The fourth in a series of biennial report cards, this report is designed to provide the public and policymakers with information to assess and improve postsecondary education in each state. This Web site provides state leaders, policymakers, researchers and others with access to the national report card as well as access to all fifty state report cards. In addition, the site can compare any state with the best-performing states in each performance category, compare indicator scores and state grades for any performance category, obtain source and technical information for indicators and weights, and allow visitors to download the reports. Further, the Web site has the capacity to view previous report cards from 2000, 2002 and 2004....

Florida’s Postsecondary Institutions Employ a Variety of Support Services for Students - This report provides information on the strategies Florida’s institutions of higher education use to facilitate timely degree completion and increase graduation and retention rates. The report answers two questions: (1) What percentage of university students do not graduate within six years and what percentage of community college students do not graduate within four years? and (2) what support services do institutions of higher learning use to encourage students to stay in school and graduate? In addition, an appendix to the report shows the student support services provided by Florida’s public and private universities and community colleges. (Office of Program Policy Analysis & Government Accountability, June 2006) ...

Student Tracking Systems Can Be Used to Enhance Graduation and Retention Rates - This report provides information on how Florida universities inform students of graduation requirements, track their progress and schedule the classes they need to graduate in a timely manner. The report includes an appendix that identifies each state university's efforts in these areas. (Office of Program Policy Analysis & Government Accountability, May 2006) ...

By the Numbers: State Goals for Increasing Postsecondary Attainment - This report is based on a 2005 50-state survey of state higher education plans to determine which states have set numerical targets for enrollment and completion and how they set, measure and publicize these goals to institutions, the public and policymakers. The report addresses an important state-level approach to assessing – and increasing – the value of public higher education: setting and publicizing clear, numerical goals for expanding student access and success. [Free registration required to access report.] (Michael Collins, Jobs for the Future, January 2006)...


What States Are Doing Current

Print Friendly and PDF

4

Thank you, Issue Site Sponsors
pearson

 
Home  |  About ECS  |  Education Issues A-Z  | Research Studies  |  Reports & Databases  |  State Legislation  |  State Profiles  |  Projects & Institutes  |  Newsroom  |  Website User's Guide


Information provided by ECS combines the best of the most recent and useful research available. Should you have questions, please contact our Information Clearinghouse at 303.299.3675.

700 Broadway, #810 Denver, CO 80203-3442
Phone: 303.299.3600 | Fax: 303.296.8332
 
©2014 Education Commission of the States
www.ecs.org | ecs@ecs.org
Read our privacy policy