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Guest Blog on Thoughts on Public Educaton (TOP-Ed) – IHELP Director Nancy Shulock is featured as a guest blogger on Top-Ed, a forum on California education policies funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and sponsored by the Silicon Valley Education Foundation. Nancy will continue her discussion of prerequisite policies in the California Community Colleges previously featured in a two-page brief linked in this month’s newsletter. Click here to view the blog.


Guest Blog on The College Puzzle – IHELP Director Nancy Shulock is featured as a guest blogger on The College Puzzle, a college success blog by Dr. Michael Kirst, author and Professor Emeritus of Stanford University. Nancy's discussion of prerequisite policies in the California Community Colleges is featured in three parts. Click here to view the blog.



New Community College Success Report – IHELP is currently working on a report for the Campaign for College Opportunity that analyzes the outcomes of degree-seeking students in the California Community College system. The study uses the milestone framework to track student progress and outcomes by race and ethnicity, and points out the risks to the entire state posed by racial/ethnic disparities. Look for the report release next month.





Features This Month

Taking the Next Step: The Promise of Intermediate Measures for Meeting Postsecondary Completion Goals

This new report, sponsored by Jobs for the Future and written by IHELP Research Specialist Jeremy Offenstein and IHELP Director Nancy Shulock , examines system, state and multi-state efforts and multi-institution initiatives to develop and use intermediate measures of student success as a tool to improve accountability and guide institutional efforts to improve student success. The report distinguishes between milestones that must be attained in order to get to completion and success indicators that increase a student’s chances of completion. The report analyzes the differences in approach, definitions and uses of the data on intermediate measures and offers recommendations on the collection, reporting and effective use of the data and the need for common practices and definitions.

View the report


In case you missed it - Prerequisite Policy in the California Community Colleges

This two-page brief written by IHELP Director Nancy Shulock examines current and proposed changes to prerequisite policies in the California Community Colleges. The brief discusses the challenges faced by the CCC regarding remediation and under-prepared students and the current trends in other states to increase student success. Information from this brief was presented in a statement to the CCC Board of Governors.

View the brief


Spotlight On

Grantmakers for Education brief - From Access to Success:  A Funders Guide to Ensuring More Americans Earn Postsecondary Degrees
In May 2010, Grantmakers for Education held a briefing of higher education leaders and researchers to discuss ways to improve student success and increase postsecondary degree attainment in the United States. The linked brief below summarizes the key themes from that meeting including examining current barriers to college completion and changes to policy and practice that can drive increases in graduation rates, and identifies the role grantmakers can play in promoting college success.

Grantmakers for Education brief


 

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