Policy Issues


Online Initiative Not the Answer to STEM Gaps in California

A proposed budget by California's governor would allocate $10 million to set up a new online "intersegmental" higher education initiative. The project would fund competitive grants for intersegmental teams of faculty to create new and redesign existing STEM courses — both online and hybrid — in a program titled the "California Education Learning Lab." While the Legislative Analyst's Office found Governor Brown's goal of improving student outcomes "laudable," this approach isn't the answer, the office wrote in an analysis of the proposal. First, the analysis noted, the proposal doesn't address "the root causes of STEM disparities among student groups"; and second, it overlaps with other online initiatives already underway.

Report: Feds and States Need to Improve Data Efforts

Invest a penny of every federal dollar in evaluation. Appoint a chief evaluation officer. Fund programs based on post-graduation goals and publish employment outcomes by major. Create accurate graduation rates. Those are some of the recommendations proposed in two new reports from Results for America, a bipartisan nonprofit with a mission of persuading decision-makers in government to use data and evidence to address the biggest challenges. The reports urge government at all levels to improve measures of student success, to build and use evidence of what works and help colleges act on that information, and to put resources behind student success.

Memo Urges Gates Foundation to Avoid Past Blunders in Future Ed Investment

If the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation can avoid the same mistakes it has made in the past, its latest K–12 reform efforts will be more successful than many of its past education projects, according to a policy memo just published by the National Education Policy Center.

House Committee Pushes Higher Ed Act Reforms Against Opposition from Ed Coalition

Today, in a marathon session, a Congressional committee is debating the latest update to the Higher Education Act, initially authorized in 1965 and amended in 2008 during the Obama administration. The most recent set of proposed changes has sparked the ire of more than three dozen higher education organizations, which have accused House Republicans of rushing the bill through committee.

California Schools Tackle Achievement Gaps of Largest Demographic in State: Latino Students

While educational outcomes for Latino students have improved in recent decades, according to a new report from the Education Trust - West, there's still plenty of room for progress.

UC Riverside, Riverside CC Win $800,000 to Support Students Underrepresented in STEM

The University of California at Riverside (UCR) and Riverside City College (RCC) have partnered on an initiative designed to support RCC students from underrepresented backgrounds interested in STEM majors.

Most Public Universities Pursuing Rich Students at Expense of Poor Ones

Nearly two-thirds of selective public institutions are enrolling fewer low-income students than they did in the late 1990s. At more than half of those universities (54 percent) the increase in affluent students came at the direct expense of low-income ones. That's what's revealed in the latest New America project to examine student mobility.

Yes, Financial Investment in College Completion Pays Off

A team of analysts attempted to lay out the costs and benefits of a sustained investment program aimed at boosting program completion rates, especially for disadvantaged students. The bottom line: The investment would hurt in the beginning but pay off in big ways down the road.

Research: Pathways, Prioritization and Tailored Advising Boost Transfer Rates

While 80 percent of students in community colleges expect to go for a bachelor's degree, within six years just a third transfer to a four-year school, and less than 15 percent earn their bachelor's.

Educause, Deloitte Report: Information Security Programs Must Be Formalized

Deloitte and Educause have partnered on a joint report that aims to inform higher education institutions of their responsibilities regarding new federal data protection requirements with deadlines beginning Dec. 31 of this year.

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