February 13, 2018

Indicators of Educational Quality for Postsecondary Accountability Systems

by David Tandberg and Aaron Horn

The United States is widely revered for its presumed excellence in higher education, and it now seems commonplace to characterize our postsecondary system as “the envy of the world” (e.g., Khator 2011). In fact, according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities—which heavily weights research productivity—fifty of the top 100 universities globally reside in the United States (Shanghai Ranking Consultancy 2016). Few informed observers, however, would equate research prowess with…

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February 6, 2018

Rob Anderson Witness at Senate HELP Committee Hearing on Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act: Improving College Affordability

by Rob Anderson

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January 22, 2018

Annual Grapevine Compilation of State Fiscal Support for Higher Education Released

by Jim Palmer, Editor, Grapevine Center for the Study of Education Policy, Illinois State University

Data reported by the states in the latest Grapevine survey (Tables 1 and 2, attached) indicate that initially-approved state fiscal support for higher education nationwide increased by a modest 1.6% from fiscal year 2016-2017 (FY17) to fiscal year 2017-2018 (FY18). This is the lowest annual percent increase in the past five years (see chart to the right). Almost all of the increase between FY17 and FY18 was accounted for by appropriations in only three relatively large states: California,…

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