Introduction
 
The National Center
 
The Value of a Report Card
 
Goals of the Report Card
 
Description of the Report Card
 
State Higher Education Policy
 
Endnotes
 
Appendix
 
About the National Center

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The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education

The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education works to strengthen America's future by increasing opportunity and achievement for all who aspire to higher education. As an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, the National Center stimulates the creation of public policies that enhance Americans' opportunities to pursue and achieve high-quality education and training beyond high school. Formed in 1998, the National Center is not affiliated with any institution of higher education, with any political party, or with any government agency, and it is supported by a consortium of national foundations that includes The Pew Charitable Trusts and The Ford Foundation.

In working to improve higher education through effective public policy, the National Center serves both as a resource and catalyst:

  • A Resource for Policy Development. The National Center conducts independent research and analysis of the most pressing policy issues facing the states and the nation regarding opportunity and achievement in higher education.

  • A Catalyst for Improving Results. The National Center communicates performance results and key findings to the public, to civic, business, and higher education leaders, and to public officials who are poised to improve public policies regarding higher education.

The National Center's Board of Directors, chaired by Governor James B. Hunt Jr. of North Carolina, is composed of Democrats and Republicans, and national business, civic, and higher education leaders. The National Center defines higher education to include education and training beyond high school, including two- and four-year, public and private, for-profit and nonprofit institutions.

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