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Reports and Publications
Evaluating State Performance

  a. Measuring Up

Setting a Public Agenda for Higher Education in the States: Lessons Learned from the National Collaborative for Higher Education Policy by Gordon K. Davies. December 2006. This report summarizes the lessons learned from the National Collaborative for Higher Education Policy. It offers guidance to states interested in gaining broad agreement around a new agenda for higher education that is grounded in performance in the state and directed toward meeting the needs of state residents.

Measuring Up Internationally: Developing Skills and Knowledge for the Global Knowledge Economy By Alan Wagner. September 2006 (#06-7). In comparing the performance of the United States in higher education with that of advanced, market-economy countries across the globe, this report finds that the United States' leadership position has eroded.

Measuring Up 2006: The National Report Card on Higher Education (September 2006). Measuring Up 2006 consists of a national report card for higher education (report #06-5) and 50 state report cards (#06-4). The purpose of Measuring Up 2006 is to provide the public and policymakers with information to assess and improve postsecondary education in each state. For the first time, this edition offers international comparisons with states and the nation as a whole. Visit www.highereducation.org to download Measuring Up 2006 or to make your own comparisons of state performance in higher education.

American Higher Education: How Does It Measure Up for the 21st Century By James B. Hunt Jr. and Thomas J. Tierney with a Foreword by Garrey Carruthers. (May 2006 (#06-2). These essays by former Governor James B. Hunt Jr. and business leader Thomas J. Tierney lay out in succinct fashion the requirements of both our nation and our states for new and higher levels of performance from America's colleges and universities.

Measuring Up 2004: The National Report Card on Higher Education (September 2004). Measuring Up 2004 consists of a national report card for higher education (Report #04-5) and 50 state report cards (#04-4) The purpose of Measuring Up 2004 is to provide the public and policymakers with information to assess and improve postsecondary education in each state. For the first time, this edition of Measuring Up provides information about each state's improvement over the past decade.

Measuring Up 2002: The State-by-State Report Card for Higher Education (October 2002, #02-7). This report card, which updates the inaugural edition released in 2000, grades each state on its performance in five key areas of higher education. Measuring Up 2002 also evaluates each state's progress in relation to its own results from 2000.

Measuring Up 2000: The State-by-State Report Card for Higher Education (November 2000, #00-3). This first-of-its-kind report card grades each state on its performance in higher education. The report card also provides comprehensive profiles of each state and brief states-at-a-glance comparisons.
    Policy Alert: College Opportunity Varies Greatly By State (February 2001). Policy Alert is a publication series that summarizes important policy findings affecting the future of higher education. This issue represents a shorter version of the National Center report Measuring Up 2000.
Also see:

The National Education Center for Policymaking and Higher Education Analysis, www.higheredinfo.org

The National Forum on College-Level Learning, http://collegelevellearning.org

b. Other Resources

Technical Guide Documenting Methodology, Indicators, and Data Sources for Measuring Up 2006 (September 2006, #06-6).

Purposes, Policies, Performance: Higher Education and the Fulfillment of a State's Public Agenda (January 2003, #03-1). This essay is drawn from discussions of higher education leaders and policy officials at a roundtable convened in June 2002 at New Jersey City University on the relationship between public purposes, policies, and performance of American higher education.

The National Picture: More Students Are Now Prepared for College But Gains in Other Areas Are Slight (October 2002). The National Picture is part of the Policy Alert publication series that summarizes important policy findings affecting the future of higher education. This issue represents a shorter version of the National Center report Measuring Up 2002.

Technical Guide Documenting Methodology, Indicators, and Data Sources for Measuring Up 2002 (October 2002, #02-8).

Beneath the Surface: A Statistical Analysis of the Major Variables Associated with State Grades in Measuring Up 2000, by Alisa F. Cunningham and Jane V. Wellman (November 2001, #01-4). Using statistical analysis, this report explores the "drivers" that predict overall performance in Measuring Up 2000.

Supplementary Analysis for Measuring Up 2000: An Exploratory Report, by Mario Martinez (November 2001, #01-3). Explores the relationships within and between the performance categories in Measuring Up 2000.

Some Next Steps for States: A Follow-up to Measuring Up 2000, by Dennis Jones and Karen Paulson (June 2001, #01-2). Suggests a range of actions that states can take to bridge the gap between state performance identified in Measuring Up 2000 and the formulation of effective policy to improve performance in higher education.

Policy Alert: College Opportunity Varies Greatly By State (February 2001). Policy Alert is a publication series that summarizes important policy findings affecting the future of higher education. This issue represents a shorter version of the National Center report Measuring Up 2000.

A Review of Tests Performed on the Data in Measuring Up 2000, by Peter Ewell (June 2001, #01-1). Describes the statistical testing performed on the data in Measuring Up 2000 by the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems.

Recent State Policy Initiatives in Education: A Supplement to Measuring Up 2000, by Aims McGuinness, Jr. (December 2000, #00-6). Highlights education initiatives that states have adopted since 1997-98.

Assessing Student Learning Outcomes: A Supplement to Measuring Up 2000, by Peter Ewell and Paula Ries (December 2000, #00-5). National survey of state efforts to assess student learning outcomes in higher education.

Technical Guide Documenting Methodology, Indicators and Data Sources for Measuring Up 2000 (November 2000, #00-4).

A State-by-State Report Card on Higher Education: Prospectus (March 2000, #00-1). Summarizes the goals of the National Center's report card project.

Also see:

The Business Leader's Guide to Measuring Up 2002, http://www.highereducation.org/reports/blg/index.shtml

Preparation, Underprepared Students by Robert McCabe, http://measuringup.highereducation.org/2000/articles/UnderpreparedStudents.cfm




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