Policy Issues

Effective educational policy and practice requires sound data on attainment, the progression of students through the educational system, the cost and price of education, degrees by field, and more. Read more about the components of effective data systems, Common Education Data Standards (CEDS), and the improving state of the art.

Education pays, but it also costs. Widespread attainment takes both adequate funding and the productive use of money. Read more about state funding, tuition and fees, student financial aid, degree productivity, and staffing trends.

The bottom line for higher education is the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge. Educators increasingly recognize they must hold both students and themselves accountable for learning. Read more about improving college and career readiness in K-12 education, degree qualifications, accreditation and quality assurance, and assessing and improving student learning in post-secondary education.