September Articles of Interest for Higher Education Professional

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The Association for Institutional Research shared the following publications of interest for higher education professionals. Click on the titles to access the full articles. These article summaries are credited to the Electronic AIR Newsletter (September 2013 edition).

How Americans Pay for College (Katie Zaback)

In How Americans Pay for College, Sally Mae details the findings of its sixth annual survey of students and parents that examines the amount students and their parents pay for college, funding sources, and attitude toward college and funding college. This year’s results show students and parents becoming more cost sensitive in their college selection, often removing colleges from their set of choices due to cost.

VA Education Benefits: Student Characteristics and Outcomes Vary across Schools (Zhao Yang)

The U.S Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, VA Education Benefits: Student Characteristics and Outcomes Vary across Schools, summarizes results from a review of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education programs. The 2008 Post-9/11 GI Bill significantly increased education benefits for veterans providing for tuition and fees, housing expenses, and books such that in FY2012, about $11 billion in education payments were made to almost 1 million veterans. In its review, GAO analyzed the distribution of VA education payments among schools; how student characteristics and outcomes at highly VA-funded schools compare to those at other VA-funded schools; and how student characteristics and outcomes compare at highly VA-funded public, nonprofit, and for-profit schools.

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July Articles of Interest for Higher Education Professionals

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The Association for Institutional Research shared the following publications of interest for higher education professionals. Click on the titles to access the full articles. These article summaries are credited to the Electronic AIR Newsletter (July 2013 edition).

Supporting Latino Community College Students: An Investment in Our Economic Future

Supporting Latino Community College Students: An Investment in Our Economic Future, a report from Exelencia in Education and Single Stop USA, examines obstacles to Latino degree completion and outlines recommendations for moving these students through the education pipeline and into successful careers. According to the report, low degree attainment among Latinos is a result of several challenges including college cost, limited knowledge about college, increased family responsibilities, and the need to work while attending college.

Condition of Education 2013

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Condition of Education 2013 (NCES 2013-037) presents 42 indicators on the status and condition of education covering all levels of education from early childhood through postsecondary education. This year’s report spotlights four issues of current interest: (1) trends in employment rates by educational attainment; (2) kindergarten entry status; (3) rural education; and (4) financing postsecondary education.

Student Retention and Completion Report 2013

Noel-Levitz recently shared the 2013 Student Retention and College Completion Report by Noel-Levitz based on the responses of an electronic survey sent via email to degree-granting institutions in the U.S. Reponses came from 263 public and private, 2-year and 4-year colleges and institutions about 87 items/factors related to retention and college completion.

Highlights (taken directly from the report) include:

  • Academic support programs, first-year student programs, and honor programs emerged as the top-ranked, most effective strategies and tactics across higher education.
  • Mandatory advising by professional staff, one-on-one, was also among the top-ranked practices across institution types.
  • Tracking students’ persistence and progression patterns, term by term, ranked at or near the top for four-year private and public institutions in a new category in this year’s report: “Top 10 internal operations practices.”
  • Programming designed specifically for students of color was rated a top practice in 2013 for two-year public institutions.

To read other articles by Noel-Levitz, visit https://www.noellevitz.com/

June Articles of Interest for Higher Education Professionals

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The Association for Institutional Research shared the following publications of interest for higher education professionals. Click on the titles to access the full articles. These article summaries are credited to the Electronic AIR Newsletter (June 2013 edition).

Preparing Students for College (Melodie Christal)

Using data from the High School Longitudinal Study of 2009 (HSLS:09), the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) provides information on what high schools are doing to help students transition to postsecondary education in Preparing for College: What High Schools are Doing and How Their Actions Influence Ninth Graders’ College Attitudes, Aspirations, and Plans 

What Does It Really Mean to Be College and Work Ready? (Melodie Christal)

In What Does It Really Mean to Be College and Work Ready?, The National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE) investigates the level of mathematics and English literacy required for high school graduates to be successful in the first year of a community college program.

Social Media Survey: Infographic on Demographics of Users

Data Source: Pew Research Center, The Demographics of Social Media Users 2012

Infographic Source: Docstoc Articles, April 2013

April/May Articles of Interest for Higher Education Professionals

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The Association for Institutional Research shared the following publications of interest for higher education professionals. Click on the titles to access the full articles. These article summaries are credited to the Electronic AIR Newsletter (April 2013 edition).

Adaptability to Online Learning: Differences Across Types of Students and Academic Subject Areas (Jim Lynch)

The Community College Research Center (CCRC) study, Adaptability to Online Learning: Differences Across Types of Students and Academic Subject Areas, reports students enrolled in face-to-face courses achieve higher retention rates and better grade-point averages compared to students enrolled in online courses; furthermore, black students, males, younger students, and students with poor academic records were more susceptible to weaker performance in online courses. The study suggests postsecondary institutions need to take a hard look at how to improve the quality of the online course experience, ensuring that “learning outcomes are equal to those of face-to-face courses, regardless of the composition of the students enrolled…” Colleges must prepare students to take online courses, especially during their formative exposure to distance education – for example, a growing number of institutions require students to take a prerequisite online learning tutorial to ensure they are prepared to enroll in online courses.

The College Decision-Making Process: A Survey of Parents of 5th – 12th-Grade Students (Patricia Gregg)

Inside Higher Ed and Gallup have released The College Decision-Making Process: A Survey of Parents of 5th – 12th Grade Students (March 2013). The survey addresses questions about the process parents go through in making or influencing where their children will attend college. Telephone interviews were conducted with a random sample of over 3,000 parents in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Parents responding to the survey indicated the most important reason for their child to get education beyond high school was to get a good job. However, nearly half (47%) of those surveyed believed there might be ways other than college that would lead to a good job. The majority of parents reported they were likely to restrict the colleges to which their children could apply based on tuition and fees. Survey findings also address affirmative action and acceptable levels of student loan debt. The report breaks out responses for parents of younger (5th-8th grade) and older (9th-12th grade) students and by demographics or family income levels where germane to the question.

March Articles of Interest for Higher Education Professionals

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The Association for Institutional Research shared the following publications of interest for higher education professionals. Click on the titles to access the full articles. These article summaries are credited to the Electronic AIR Newsletter (March 2013 edition).

America’s Call for Higher Education Redesign (Susan Gracia)

The Lumina Foundation and Gallup report, America’s Call for Higher Education Redesign, presents results from a telephone survey of 1,009 adults in U.S. households. The objective of the study was to determine perceptions of the general American population about higher education issues including degree attainment, quality and value, costs, and innovative learning models. The findings indicate although Americans believe higher education is important and a college degree provides financial and job security, there are barriers to enrollment and degree completion such as family demands and the high cost of tuition and fees. Interviewees encouraged colleges and universities to rethink outdated ideas about who students are, how to educate them in this technological age, and how to assess what students have learned. The findings suggest Americans are open to new ways for making higher education accessible and affordable.

Completing College: A State-Level View of Student Attainment Rates (Christine Keller)

The National Student Clearinghouse released Completing College: A State-Level View of Student Attainment Rates – a supplement to their national study on college completion. The report offers a state-by-state look at the various pathways students take to complete a college
degree or certificate. The report is based on student-level data made available to the Clearinghouse by more than 3,300 colleges and universities, and includes nearly 97 percent of students attending public and private nonprofit postsecondary institutions. Among the study’s state-level findings: In Minnesota, 27 percent of students who started at a four-year public university in fall 2006 completed their degree at a different
institution. One in five students in Virginia who started at a two-year public institution completed at a four-year institution within six years. In Alaska, 28 percent of students who started at a four-year public institution and later graduated had earned that credential in a different institution and in a different state.