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January 2014
What's Happening

US Senate Education Committee Testimony – IHELP Associate Director Andrea Venezia presented invited written testimony to the United States Senate Committee on Education on January 15 regarding the Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. Andrea’s testimony focused on the need to continue the federal government’s support of pre-college outreach programs. Click here to view her testimony.

The College Puzzle Blog – IHELP Faculty Associate Su Jin Jez recently published a blog in Stanford University’s The College Puzzle. Her blog post, titled Black Females Far Exceed Males In College Entrance And Selectivity, draws on the findings in her 2012 report “Analyzing the Female Advantage in College Access among African Americans” and her most recent research titled “An Exploration of Identity Capital as a Predictor of College Attendance Gender Differentials among African Americans.”

College Board Colloquium – Andrea Venezia gave a presentation at the College Board’s Higher Education Colloquium on January 13 in Coronado, CA. Her talk was on “Milestones, Indicators, and Student Supports for Postsecondary Success.” Click here to view her presentation.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Completion by Design Institute IHELP Director Nancy Shulock was an invited speaker at a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Completion by Design Institute in North Carolina at which teams of college presidents, board members, faculty, and others from Florida, North Carolina, and Ohio discussed means of engaging stakeholders around funding models aimed to improve academic achievement for target populations.  

New Directions for Community Colleges Journal Chapter – Andrea Venezia co-authored a journal chapter in New Directions for Community Colleges with Katherine Hughes of the College Board entitled, “Acceleration Strategies in the New Developmental Education Landscape.” The article discusses the evidence on developmental, or remedial, education and offers research-based information about new approaches to help students move into college-level courses more quickly.

Feature This Month

Average Won’t Do: Performance Trends in California Higher Education as a Foundation for Action

This new IHELP report is the fifth in a series analyzing California’s postsecondary performance in the areas of preparation, affordability, participation, completion, benefits and finance.  The report provides a summary of trends in each performance area over the past decade and offers a breakdown of performance by region and race/ethnicity. This report, sponsored by the Campaign for College Opportunity, is the first phase of a three-part project to address postsecondary performance in California, with the later installments to include a model public agenda for stakeholder discussion and case studies of state-level leadership in public postsecondary education.

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In Case You Missed It - Workforce Investments: State Strategies to Preserve Higher-Cost Career Education Programs in Community and Technical Colleges

A policy brief by IHELP researchers addresses the challenge of financing community college career and technical education programs. This brief examines finance policies and practices in 20 states and identifies five strategies that may help preserve valuable higher-cost CTE/workforce programs: (1) separate technical colleges or system; (2) differential funding formula that takes program costs into account; (3) performance funding that rewards completions and various workforce-related outcomes; (4) differential tuition whereby students pay more for high-cost programs; and (5) differential course fees by which students pay for costs of lab operation and maintenance, specialized equipment, and supplies. The brief has garnered the attention of the growing numbers of California legislators interested in enhancing community college CTE offerings for students.

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Spotlight On

WICHE Interstate Passport Initiative

The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) and the Carnegie Corporation of New York recently launched the Interstate Passport, a block transfer framework designed to help students transfer from one participating institution to another more seamlessly. The framework is based on learning outcomes in oral communication, written communication and quantitative literacy—not on courses or credits—for lower division courses in the general education core or liberal arts core. Sixteen public institutions in Hawaii, North Dakota, Oregon and Utah have agreed to the transfer agreement. Plans for expansion to other institutions, other states, and additional elements of general education are underway. For more information on the Interstate Passport, please click on the links below.

WICHE Interstate Passport

Inside Higher Ed – New Approaches to Transfer

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