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Higher Education Performance

The Institute continues to focus on assessing the performance of California ís higher education system. Every two years, after the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education produces its Measuring Up report that grades state higher education performance, we issue a report showing similar measures of performance across regions and racial/ethnic populations in the state.

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Consequences of Neglect: Performance Trends in California Higher Education
July 2011
IHELP’s newest report uses national data to take an in-depth look at California higher education performance in relation to other states and by region and by race/ethnicity. Researchers analyzed California’s postsecondary performance in the categories of preparation, participation, affordability, completion, benefits and finance, and found that the state’s performance is average, at best, and trending downward. This report is the fourth in a series of reports previously titled The Grades are In, which followed the publication of the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education’s bi-annual Measuring Up reports that graded the 50 states on their higher education performance.

The Grades are In - 2008: Is California Higher Education Measuring Up? February, 2009
This report is the third in a series of reports analyzing the performance of California higher education in the areas of preparation, participation, completion, affordability, and benefits. It presents data related to these categories of performance by region and by race/ethnicity, and discusses key issues and policy recommendations for each category. It also describes California's performance relative to other states as presented in the National Center's Measuring Up 2008 report card. See the regional performance profiles.

The Grades are In - 2006: Is California Higher Education Measuring Up? October 2006
This report is the second in a series of reports analyzing the performance of California higher education in the areas of preparation, participation, completion, affordability and benefits. It presents data related to these categories of performance by region and by race/ethnicity.

The Grades are In - 2004: Is California Higher Education Measuring Up? June 2005
This report analyzes California's performance on the 50-state report card called Measuring Up. It includes discussion of the state's score in each of the five categories of performance, and presents a breakdown of related data by region and by race/ethnicity.

Facing Reality: California Needs a Statewide Agenda to Improve Higher Education Outcomes, October 2004
This report examines seven states that share California's high rates of growth and demographic change to see what California can learn about how to improve access to and success in postsecondary education.

California Higher Education:
Performance, Policy, and
Prognostications

Presented to the University of California Office of the President, October 22, 2009

The Grades are In - 2008: Is California Higher Education Measuring Up?
Presentation to the Assembly Higher Education Committee, March 3, 2009

The Grades are In - 2008: Is California Higher Education Measuring Up?
Presentation to a briefing sponsored by the Campaign for College Opportunity, February 26, 2009

Higher Education Performance in California: The Gaps Must be Closed
Presentation to conference on Policy Challenges Facing California Higher Education, October 17, 2006

Highlights of Institute's Reports, (1) The Grades are In - 2004 and (2) Shared Solutions
Testimony to the Assembly Higher Education Committee, June 22, 2005

Suggestions for Addressing California's Higher Education Challenges
Testimony to the Assembly Higher Education Committee, March 1, 2005

Problems and Challenges Facing California Higher Education
Testimony to the Assembly Higher Education Committee, February 22, 2005

Testimony to the California Performance Review Commission, September 9, 2004