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Foreword
 
Introduction
 
The Challenges Presented by Measuring Up 2000
 
Crunching the Numbers: Looking Behind the Grades
 
Presentation of the "Best" Models for Each Performance Measure
 
Discussion of Model Results
 
Policy Conclusions and Suggestions for Future Research
 
Appendix I: Preliminary Measures Organized into Clusters of Influence
 
Appendix II: Final Variables Used in Analysisthor
 
About the Authors
 
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Foreword

Since the release of Measuring Up 2000: The State-by-State Report Card for Higher Education, in November 2000, the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education has commissioned a number of studies designed to test relationships among and between the performance categories in the report card. The first of these tests was conducted by Peter Ewell of the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS), resulting in a Center publication, A Review of Tests Performed on the Data in Measuring Up 2000, published in June 2001.

This publication, Beneath the Surface: A Statistical Analysis of the Major Variables Associated with State Grades in Measuring Up 2000, builds upon that work. Jane Wellman, senior associate at The Institute for Higher Education Policy, and Alisa Cunningham, director of research at the Institute, completed tests to better understand the "drivers" of performance used in Measuring Up 2000. A related study, Supplementary Analysis for Measuring Up 2000, prepared by Mario Martinez and commissioned by the National Center, explores the relationships within and between performance categories.

The National Center is grateful for the contributions made in this paper and welcomes the responses of readers.

Joni Finney
Vice President
The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education

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