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2005 National Center Reports

Policy Alert: Income of U.S. Workforce Projected to Decline IF Education Doesn't Improve
November 2005
 

Policy Alert is a publication series that summarizes important policy findings affecting the future of higher education. This issue concludes that if current trends continue, the proportion of the U.S. workers with high school diplomas and college degrees will decrease and the personal income of Americans will decline over the next 15 years.

   
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Measuring Up on College-Level Learning
October 2005 (#05-8)
  Margaret A. Miller and Peter T. Ewell

In this report, the National Forum on College-Level Learning proposes a model for evaluating and comparing college-level learning on a state-by-state basis, including assessing educational capital. As well as releasing the results for five participating states, the National Forum also explores the implications of its project findings in terms of performance gaps by race/ethnicity and educating future teachers.

   
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The Governance Divide: A Report on a Four-State Study on Improving College Readiness and Success
September 2005 (#05-3)
  Andrea Venezia, Patrick M. Callan, Joni E. Finney, Michael W. Kirst, Michael D. Usdan

This report identifies and examines four policy levers available to states that are interested in creating sustained K-16 reform: finance, assessments and curricula, accountability, and data systems. In addition, the report examines the importance of other factors--such as leadership and state history and culture--in initiating and sustaining K–16 reform.
The Case Study for Georgia The Case Study for Oregon
The Case Study for New York The Case Study for Florida

   
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Policy Alert: Course Redesign Improves Learning and Reduces Cost
June 2005
  Carol A. Twigg

Policy Alert is a publication series that summarizes important policy findings affecting the future of higher education. This issue offers persuasive data that show how course redesign using information technology can reduce cost and increase student learning.

   
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Borrowers Who Drop Out: A Neglected Aspect of the College Student Loan Trend
May 2005 (#05-2)
  Lawrence Gladieux and Laura Perna

This report examines the experiences of students who borrow to finance their education, but do not complete their postsecondary programs. Using the latest comprehensive data, this report compares borrowers who drop out with other groups of students, and provides recommendations on policies and programs that would better prepare, support, and guide students-especially low-income students-in completing their degrees.

   
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Case Study of Utah Higher Education
April 2005 (05-1)
  Kathy Reeves Bracco and Mario Martinez

This report examines state policies and performance in the areas of enrollment and affordability. Compared with other states, Utah has been able to maintain a system of higher education that is more affordable for students, while enrollments have almost doubled over the past 20 years.

   
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