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Institute for Higher Education
Leadership & Policy (IHELP)

IHELP conducts research and applies knowledge and evidence to produce actionable recommendations to improve policy, practice, and leadership for postsecondary readiness and success. Our research, evaluation, technical assistance, policy development, and other services inform policy makers, practitioners, and educators. We focus on educational institutions that serve diverse populations whose education is vital for individual success, a healthy society, and a globally competitive economy. IHELP is a non-profit organization funded privately through grants and contracts.

Recent Publications

NEW!! State Policy Leadership in Higher Education - Six Case Studies
July 2014
This report highlights a range of higher education policy reforms enacted in other states and enabled largely by postsecondary state policy leadership. These six case studies recognize the important role that state policy leadership played in developing, promoting, and implementing these policies aimed at improving higher education outcomes. This report follows two reports: an update of California higher education performance, Average Won’t Do, and A New Vision for California Higher Education, an effort to engage stakeholders around a vision more suited to today’s students and economic conditions than the 1960 Master Plan.


A New Vision for California Higher Education: A Model Public Agenda

March 2014
This new IHELP report draws on various reports and other sources of information to construct a model public agenda to address the mounting challenges facing California higher education. It is intended to inspire broad discussion potentially leading to an official public agenda for California higher education. The model public agenda envisions region-based planning and heightened collaboration at the regional level, guided by effective state-level policy leadership. It envisions more effective and cost-effective programming through greater program specialization at individual colleges and universities, with student access to broader offerings ensured through the effective use of technology. The model also calls for strong, informed state policy leadership and high-level staff support to fulfill critical fiscal, advisory, and accountability roles.

Next Gen Tools: E3 Civic High School
April 2014
This publication series, written by IHELP Research Assistant Jodi Lewis and funded and published by EDUCAUSE, looks at the strategies and tools used by Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) grant recipients to support their new "breakthrough model" schools. NGLC is an initiative to improve postsecondary readiness and completion by identifying and scaling technology-enabled approaches to secondary and postsecondary education, especially for low-income students. This third brief highlights e3 Civic High School’s adaptable facility infrastructure that supports the school's personalized learning and collaborative, project-based curriculum. The goal of this model is to encourage independence and flexibility in learning so students learn in any setting and at any time.

Next Gen Tools: CFA Learning Environment
March 2014
This second brief highlights College for America’s comprehensive platform that tracks learning and degree progress and provides data management and analytics.

Next Gen Tools: Activate Instruction
March 2014
This first brief highlights a free online-based learning platform co-developed by Summit Public Schools, Illuminate Education, and the Girard Education Foundation. It integrates curricula with assessments, enabling students to progress at their own pace.


In the Education Policy Community

A New Vision for California Higher Education?
June 13, 2014, University of California Speaker Series

A New Vision for California Higher Education
May 20-21, 2014, College Access Foundation

A New Vision for California Higher Education Implications for Redefining University Missions and Interactions with Stakeholders
May 1, 2014, Travers Conference on Accountability in Higher Education, UC Berkeley

From Community College to University Expectations for California’s New Transfer Degrees
March 21, 2014, Public Policy Institute of California Briefing


IHELP Newsletters

May 2014