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March 20, 2013

The National League of Cities, through the Municipal Leadership for Postsecondary Success initiative, has released a series of briefs detailing promising strategies city leaders can employ to increase college completion.

November 12, 2012

St. Louis RGA Survey PictureThe St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association has shared the results of a survey of employees in the St. Louis metropolitan area. The survey sought to gather data about employees’ attitudes toward college completion and identify ways that business can effectively facilitate their employees’ efforts to complete postsecondary credentials.  

November 6, 2012

A manufacturing CEO, a community college representative, a state higher ed staffer, and a non-profit leader walk into a room. Beginning of a joke that only higher education folks might get?

July 11, 2012

Inside Higher Ed reports today on a move by the Western Association for Schools and Colleges (WASC) to require institutions to track retention and completion by adult students. WASC is piloting a new data collection template with several institutions in the coming academic year. The full article is available here.

April 11, 2012

Effective outreach and communications strategies play an important role in the successful accomplishment of an organization’s mission. But how do you know your efforts are successfully reaching their target audiences, building collaborative partnerships, and influencing policy? Organizations spend a good amount of their limited resources on outreach and communications, so it is important that communication efforts are effective.

March 23, 2012

The affordability of higher education is an issue that is increasingly catching the attention of lawmakers, policymakers, media, and the public. The Indiana Commission for Higher Education had questions about the rising costs of online courses. They asked Russ Poulin, Deputy Director of Research & Analysis for WCET (the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies) to provide insight on costs and pricing. Below is his account of what he told them. This Is a re-post of an item that originally appeared in WCET’s Frontiers Blog.

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March 7, 2012

Whether it is to gather information to guide new programs or to receive feedback on old ones, collecting data is a necessary part of every organization’s operations. The rise of the online survey has made it easy to gather data for little to no cost. 

November 1, 2011

Cliff Adelman
Senior Associate
Institute for Higher Education Policy

You must be smoking a controlled substance! What Project Win-Win has learned to date about those judged to be “potential” completers of associate’s degrees, with nine or fewer credits to go, is rather sobering.

May 9, 2011

An obvious avenue to meeting national, state, and local goals for increasing the number of collegiate completers is finding adults with prior college credits and steering them toward graduation.  Their path is much shorter than for a new student.  The trick is finding them.

April 5, 2011

Policymakers and institutional leaders in Nevada have devised a solution to better serve adult students with significant postsecondary credits as they face the daunting reenrollment process. Borrowing the idea of a concierge from the state’s tourism industry, each public institution has an individual (or an office at the larger institutions) who is trained to help ready adults navigate the application, enrollment, and registration process in the same way that a hotel concierge assists its guests in finding activities or restaurants that suit their needs or interests.