Articles of Interest for Higher Education Professionals: Focus on Enrollment, Retention, and Policy Issues

As the new school year drew near, AIR (Association for Institutional Research) shared a variety of articles for higher education professionals, many with a focus on enrollment and retention trends, programming, social and educational policies, and assessment. Click on the titles below to access PDF versions of each article.

National Postsecondary Enrollment Trends: Before, During, and After the Great Recession: An analysis of higher education enrollment patterns for first-time students during the recession of 2007 to 2009. Community college and four-year institution enrollment figures are compared while, “the report suggests the data underscore the importance of policies for vertical transfer paths and for students who begin college at a two-year institution.”

Affordability and Transfer: Critical to Increasing Baccalaureate Degree Completion: The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education’s Policy Alert addresses the importance of increasing the number of college graduates and the role community colleges must play. The report argues that many college students will not complete their education because of rising tuition and ineffective transfer policies. Strategies designed to maximize students’ opportunities for success are outlined in the report.

The Role of Mentoring in College Access and Success: In this report, the Institute of Higher Education Policy (IHEP) examines the impact of mentoring programs in improving college access and completion. The analysis shows school-based mentoring increases student achievement in high school and persistence in college. Effective practices of mentoring are showcased along with implementation strategies. The report features a successful Philadelphia mentoring program.   

The Educational Experience of Young Men of Color: a College Board report that highlights data and statistics from the Census Bureau and other findings regarding the education status of young  African-American and Latino men. Included is information about Asian and Native American young men, as well.

The Undereducated American: a Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce Reports which explains that the demand for college-educated workers has outpaced supply. To meet the future demand and reverse income inequality, the report suggests that by 2025 the workforce should include an additional 15 million people with a bachelor’s degree, 1 million with associate degrees, and 4 million with some college.

From Information to Action: Revamping Higher Education Accountability Systems: The report is part of the National Governor’s Association Complete to Compete initiative and recommends that states include efficiency and effectiveness measures in their accountability systems to answer four key policy questions, including the extent to which public higher education institutions are meeting the state’s needs for an educated workforce and long-term economic goals, the number of students graduating from public institutions, the return on the investment of completed  for states and students, and the ways in which public institutions demonstrate efficiency gains without sacrificing student learning.

*Articles and some summary information derived from AIR July and August 2011 Newsletters.

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