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The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education will release "Measuring Up 2004: the National Report Card on Higher Education" on September 15 at an invitational symposium at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

A recent "Policy Alert" issued by the National Center urges states to adopt policies that will make it easier for students to transfer from two-year to four-year colleges and universities. A study by Jane V. Wellman, senior associate with the Institute for Higher Education Policy, found that ineffective state policies often act as a barrier to students from two-year colleges who are seeking a baccalaureate degree. Wellman makes several recommendations that could increase the effectiveness of state transfer policies.

Another recent "Policy Alert" stressed the need for states to adopt policies that would make it easier for students to move through the "educational pipeline," from ninth grade through high school graduation to a four-year degree. "Increasing the number of college graduates is more than an educational issue; it is also a key social issue," the report says. "Residents holding college degrees are the basis of a state's 'educational capital.'" The report includes data for each state showing students graduating from high school; entering college; returning to college for the sophomore year; and graduating with an associate or bachelor's degree.

These summaries of reports on important issues in postsecondary education are available at

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