Resources

If you are looking for information about metro Atlanta colleges and universities, check out the Atlanta Regional Council for Higher Education (ARCHE).

ARCHE's work is targeted toward strengthening public support for higher education, promoting economic and community development, and advancing the Atlanta region as a smart place to live, learn, work and play.

Here's their latest report: Higher Return: Education yields dramatic returns for both individuals and society and is key to Georgia's growth and prosperity. Make the investment, and there are clear and measurable returns. Fail to invest, and we all pay the costs.

Board of Regents University System of Georgia - Check out the latest news and happenings from across the state.

2014 Georgia Trend Magazine's "Higher Education Directory."

Check this site for current Trends in Higher Education.

Check this U.S. News & World Report on "Paying for College - Where to Find the Highest and Lowest In-State Tuition in Each State."

Online Programs/Information

Online Masters Programs - "Like any advanced degree, an online master's requires a great deal of forethought and drive. Here you'll find everything you need to identify a reputable program, succeed in the program and then land a career that makes the most of your education."

College Affordability Guide - "Our organization has put together a web site focused on explaining some of the lesser-known ways to reduce the cost of a college degree.  Sadly, few students realize that they might be able to help bring their dream school within reach financially by taking advantage of their prior life  experience, as well as select online courses (varies by school, of course)." Here are a few important elements of our site:

- Earning course credit through Prior Learning Assessments (PLAs)

- Guide to selected online programs in a range of subject areas (e.g. Accounting, Engineering, etc.) from reputable schools, with low cost per credit hour

- A listing of MOOCs that offer credit by exam

Learn more about Affordable Degrees Online.

College for Every Student provides help for underserved students getting to and through college, and ready to enter the 21st century workforce.

Here are additional resources:

All Online School Programs

Affordable Colleges Online (Georgia) (Not the same as Affordable Degrees Online)  Added November 2014: The Affordable Colleges Foundation has just published its helpful "Most Affordable Online Colleges Programs" guide.  This unique resource includes the 46 most affordable colleges online for 2014-15; a detailed breakdown of accreditation; not-for-profit vs. for profit schools (what's the difference?); and the importance of reputation with employers.

 

 

Post-Secondary Education

Here you will find reports/research and articles covering a wide range of topics dealing with colleges/universities, technical colleges and other after-high school issues. Posting here does not imply Georgia Partnership endorsement. Entries go back to 2012.  Broken links should be reported here.

2015

Colleges shift to using ‘big data’ — including from social media — in admissions decisions
Hechinger Report

Applicants for this year’s freshman class at Ithaca College didn’t have to send their standardized test scores. If they did, the scores were considered, but so were some surprising other factors — how many friends and photos they had on social media, for instance. (August 2015)

A Benchmark for Making College Affordable
Lumina Foundation

With several many public policy proposals circulating, officials at Lumina Foundation are offering up this simple framework for concretely defining what is reasonable for the typical college student and her/his family to pay for college. Related story. (August 2015)

Improved Adult Education Support Critical to Georgia's Bottom Line
Georgia Budget and Policy Institute

This report describes Georgia’s adult education challenges and successes. It also recommends ways for the state to educate more of its adults. Blog. (August 2015)

Rising to the Challenge: Views on High School Graduates' Preparedness for College and Careers
Achieve

Key findings from a survey of college instructors and employers who teach and hire recent high school graduates. Introduction. (August 2015)

Credit Supply and the Rise in College Tuition: Evidence from the Expansion in Federal Student Aid Programs
Federal Reserve Bank of New York

When students fund their education through loans, changes in student borrowing and tuition are interlinked. Higher tuition costs raise loan demand, but loan supply also affects equilibrium tuition costs—for example, by relaxing students’ funding constraints. Related story. (August 2015)

Race, Class & College Access - Achieving Diversity in a Shifting Legal Landscape
American Council on Education

This groundbreaking report examining how legal challenges to race-conscious admissions are influencing contemporary admissions practices at selective colleges and universities around the country. Introduction. Related story. (July 2015)

Transfer and Mobility:  A National View of Student Movement in Post Secondary Institutions
Project on Academic Success, Indiana University

Some 3.6 million students entered college for the first time in the fall of 2008, at the height of the Great Recession. Over the next six years, they transferred 2.4 million times, ricocheting between two- and four-year public and private colleges, often across state lines.  Related story. (July 2015) 

College Return on Investment Report - 2015
PayScale

PayScale's College ROI report has been keeping track of the monetary value of a college education at hundreds of colleges and universities for years, but what about the future? In this report, PayScale has forecast the college return on investment for both public and private schools through 2025. Related story. (June 2015) 

Out-Of-State Student Arms Race
New America

Public universities are using non-need-based aid to recruit out-of-state students, at the expense of low-income and in-state students. Related story. (May 2015)

Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 (ELS:2002): A First Look at the Postsecondary Transcripts of 2002 High School Sophomores
Institute of Education Sciences

This federal report presents a wealth of data about how 2002's 10th graders fared in higher education (and not) a decade later -- potentially offering researchers and policy makers enormous insight into who attains postsecondary success and why. Related story. (April 2015)

Postsecondary Education Aspirations and Barriers
Gallup-Lumina Foundation

This is the 2014 study of the American public's opinion on higher education.  Related story. (April 2015)

High costs, uncertain benefits: What do Americans without a college degree think about postsecondary education?
American Enterprise Institute

In the eyes of Americans without college degrees, higher education seems necessary but too expensive. Related story. More. (April 2015)

A Stronger Nation - A New Urgency Drives the Vital National Effort to Increase Postsecondary attainment
Lumina Foundation

Despite several years of state and national efforts, the United States is producing nowhere near the number of individual with postsecondary goals it needs to meet goals in the next 10 years.  Related story. (April 2015)

Snapshot Report - Contribution of Two-Year Institutions to 4-Year Completions
National Student Clearinghouse Research Center

In the 2013-14 academic year, 46 percent of students who completed a degree at a four-year institution were enrolled at a two-year institution at some point in the previous 10 years. (March 2015)

On Their Own Terms: Two-Year Minority Serving Institutions
Center for Minority Servings Institutions at the University of Pennsylvania

Although they often operate at the margins, nearly 22 percent of the nation’s community colleges are minority-serving institutions and are responsible for enrolling about 55 percent of college-going minorities. Related story. (March 2015)

Completing College:  A State-Level View of Student Attainment Rates
Project on Academic Success - Indiana University

Almost 41 percent of students who start college won't finish, according to the U.S. Department of Education. The data is grim, but it could also be unnecessarily pessimistic, according to this report.  Related story. (February 2015)

Multiple Measures for College Readiness
Education Commission of the States (ECS)

This report reviews the multiple measures to assess a student's college readiness, provides a deeper look at competency-based assessments and offers policy considerations for state and system leaders. (February 2015)

Addressing postsecondary access for undocumented students
Education Commission of the States

This report focuses on the 18 states that have passed legislation to update residency eligibility for in-state tuition and state financial aid to include additional individuals residing in the state, including undocumented individuals. (February 2015) 

The New Forgotten Half and Research Directions to Support Them
William T. Grant Foundation

Amid expanded college access over the past several decades, as many as 86 percent of on-time high school graduates now continue their education. But the era of “college for all” has yielded a new set of challenges and obstacles for some. (February 2015)

ACT National Curriculum Survey
ACT

The ACT National Curriculum Survey is a nationwide survey of educational practices and expectations. Conducted every three to five years by ACT, the survey collects data about what entering college students should know and be able to do to be ready for college-level coursework in English, math, reading, and science. (January 2015)

2014

Graduating College Later in Life Doesn't Hamper Income
Gallup

Despite delaying their college education, nontraditional college graduates -- defined here as those who earn their degree at age 25 or older -- have personal incomes later in life that are similar to those of traditional graduates, or those who earn their degree before age 25. (December 2014)

Closing the Skills Gap: CEOs Say Skills Gap Threatens U.S. Economic Future
Business Roundtable/Change the Equation

The skills gap is a serious challenge for America’s businesses and our entire economy.  If our businesses and economy are going to compete and succeed, then we must address this crisis. Introduction. More. Related story. (December 2014)

Bridge the Gap: Rebuilding America's Middle Skills
Accenture/burnningglass/Harvard Business School

This report defines middle-skills jobs as those that “require more education and training than a high-school diploma but less than a four-year college degree.” It explores this segment of the labor market, identifying where jobs have been lost and skills sets undeveloped, and pointing to where and how the situation might be improved. Related story. (November 2014) 

Riskier Majors May Become More Attractive if People Know Upside
Chronicle of Higher Education

Students’ choice of academic major can be influenced heavily by how information about their potential earnings is framed, suggests a new study scheduled to be discussed here at this week’s annual conference of the Association for the Study of Higher Education. (November 2014)

Open Doors
Institute of International Education

This is a comprehensive information resource on international students and scholars studying or teaching at higher education institutions in the United States, and U.S. students studying abroad for academic credit at their home colleges or universities. Related story. (November 2014) 

The Project on Student Debt - Student Debt and the Class of 2013
The Institute for College Access & Success

Student debt has hit another record—with the typical 2013 college grad who borrowed commencing post-collegiate life with loan bills totaling $28,400. Related story. Trends in Student Aid. (November 2014)

Blueprint for College Readiness
Education Commission of the States (ECS)

Explore the 50-state analysis by clicking the different policies below! Find out which states are pursuing these policies and check out the accompanying resources, such as the State Profiles. The Blueprint is designed to respond to the unique needs of states. Related story. (October 2014)

A Great Recession, a Great Retreat - A Call for a Public College Quality Compact
Center for American Progress

This details -- on a state-by-state basis -- the extent to which recession-driven reductions in public college financing since 2008 have sent tuitions soaring, and how disproportionately low- and middle-income students and the institutions that serve them have been affected. Related story. (October 2014)

The Changing Profile of Student Borrowers - Biggest Increase in Borrowing Has Been Among More Affluent Students
Pew Research Center

All college graduates are more likely than they were two decades ago to have financed their education with loans. But the likelihood of borrowing increased the most among students from the nation’s wealthiest families. Related story. (October 2014) 

Mid-Career Outcomes of Graduates of Virginia Institutions of Higher Education
State Council of Higher Education for Virginia

This report finds wages increase by level of degree and that there is significant variation within degree levels by discipline. Technical and professional disciplines generally show higher wages than disciplines in the liberal arts and humanities. (September 2014)

The Progress of Education Reform - A Hidden Cause of Rising Tuition
Education Commission of the States

The cost of attending college continues to rise, with tuition increases outpacing national inflation. One often overlooked cause is the practice of tuition discounts. (August 2014)

2014 Condition of College & Career Readiness
ACT, Inc.

Using the ACT College Readiness Benchmarks and ACT® college readiness assessment scores, this report provides national and state snapshots of college readiness of the graduating seniors of the class of 2014 who took the ACT in high school. Introduction. ACT press release. (August 2014)

A Cure for Remedial Chaos:  Why the U.S. Needs a Standard Method for Measuring Preparedness for the First Year of College
Education Commission of the States

To combat the need for remediation in college, experts need a clear picture of the problem. However, this research finds wide variation among states in how remediation is measured and reported. Related story. (July 2014)

College Affordability and Transparency Center
U.S. Department of Education

This updated list on the costs to attend some 4,300 higher education institutions, is an annual effort to make costs more transparent and to give families and students more information to pick a college that's the right cost for them. Related story. (July 2014)

Building Career Pathways to Help More Students Succeed
Jobs for the Future

Eight states, including Georgia, are tackling a growing disconnect between the nation’s education system and its economy by exposing more middle-school and high-school students to jobs, making education relevant to careers, and beefing up alternatives to the four-year college degree. Related story. (July 2014)

Are Recent College Graduates Finding Good Jobs?
New York Federal Reserve

This new report makes it clear that a college degree makes a big difference when it comes to earning power and career opportunity. Related story. (June 2014)

A Case Study in Lifting College Attendance
The Upshot

Sydney Nye was a straight-A student with an SAT score high enough to apply to any college in the country. When her senior year of high school in Wilmington, Del., started about nine months ago, she had dreams of becoming a chemical engineer. But... (June 2014)

Defining Promise: Optional Standardized Testing Policies in American College and University Admissions
National Association for College Admission Counseling

This report concludes there is no significant difference in the success rates of students who submit their standardized test scores to colleges and those who don’t. Related story. Introduction information. (February 2014)

2013

Smart Shoppers: The End of the "College-for-All" Debate?
College Summit

It’s fashionable to question whether it’s really “worth it” for students who are at the margins both academically and financially to go to college. But, while the conversation continues at an abstract level about whether high school students should be focused on “college or career,” students are, one-by-one, all across the country, quietly making their own decisions, and they are choosing college. Related story. (November 2013) 

Education Pays 2013 - The Benefits of Higher Education for Individuals and Society
College Board

Education Pays 2013: The Benefits of Higher Education for Individuals and Society documents the ways in which both individuals and society as a whole benefit from increased levels of education. Introduction. Related story. (October 2013)

What's the Value of an Associates Degree? The Return on Investment for Graduates and Taxpayers
American Research Institute

Given the high cost of earning a degree - and its frequently accompanying debt burden, students, parents, policymakers and the media are questioning the value of higher education. Related story. (October 2013) 

Higher Education Pays:  But a Lot More for Some Graduates Than Others
College Measures

An analysis of the earnings of recent college graduates in five states finds that those who went to elite institutions do not necessarily earn higher salaries than their peers and that some certificate and associate degrees are far more lucrative than four year degrees.  Introduction. Press release. (September 2013)

Study Finds Differential Tuition Impact
Inside Higher Ed

This study finds when public universities impose higher tuition rates on some academic programs, students are discouraged to enroll in some fields. (July 2013)

Race and College Success
National Bureau of Economic Research

Conditional on enrollment, African American students are substantially less likely to graduate from 4-year public universities than white students. Using administrative micro data from Missouri, we decompose the graduation gap between African Americans and whites into four factors. Related article. (July 2013)

Bridging the Higher Education Divide: Strengthening Community Colleges and Restoring the American Dream
The Century Foundation Task Force on Preventing Community Colleges from Becoming Separate and Unequal

(There is a charge for this full report.) Most discussions about diversity in higher education focus on the admissions process at selective colleges. Rarely considered are problems due to the segregation of disadvantaged students at community colleges. Related story includes links to related papers on this subject. (May 2013)
A Case Study of Two Community College Programs Designed to Accelerate Students Through Developmental Math
mdrc

So many community college students end their educations in the veil of tears that is remedial math that the Lumina Foundation launched a national initiative called Achieving the Dream, a network of some 200 colleges dedicated to remediation reform. (May 2013) 

Degrees of Value: Evaluating the Return on the College Investment
EducationSector

As a knowledge-based workforce has trans­formed the American economy over the last several decades, few people have questioned the value of higher education. (May 2013)

Hispanic High School Graduates Pass Whites in Rate of College Enrollment - High School Drop-out Rate at Record Low
PewResearch Center

A record seven-in-ten (69 percent) Hispanic high school graduates in the class of 2012 enrolled in college that fall, two percentage points higher than the rate (67 percent) among their white counterparts.  Introduction. (May 2013)

What Does It Really Mean to Be College And Work Ready?
National Center of Education and the Economy

Community colleges set a low bar for students during their first year of enrollment, with lax academic standards in literacy and mathematics, according to this study.  Related story. (May 2013)

It Takes More Than a Major - Employer Priorities for College Learning and Student Success
The Association of American Colleges and Universities

This report provides a detailed analysis of employers' priorities for the kinds of learning today's college students need to succeed in today's economy.  It also reports on changes in educational and assessment practices that employers recommend.  Introduction.  Related story. (April 2013)

College Scorecard
White House

College Scorecards in the U.S. Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency Center make it easier for you to search for a college that is a good fit for you. Related story. (February 2013)

Aligning the Means and the Ends: How to Improve Federal Student Aid and Increase College Access and Success
Institute for College Access and Success

This white paper calls for major changes to federal student aid, including Pell Grants, student loans, and tax benefits, with the goals of increasing college affordability and completion. Related story. (February 2013)

America’s Call for Higher Education Redesign – The American Public’s Opinion on Higher Education
Lumina Foundation

Americans overwhelmingly view a higher education as essential to landing a good job and achieving financial security, but they have doubts about its quality and affordability. Related story.  Introduction. (February 2013)

Community College Contributions
American Assn. of Community Colleges

Going to a community college is a bargain. For students, tuition is a fraction of what is compared to private or public four-year schools. For the government, the return on investment is substantial. Related story. (February 2013)

Making Sense of the System - Financial Aid Reform for the 21st Century Student
Institute for Higher Education Policy

As higher education becomes more necessary and more expensive, our financial aid system needs to be reassessed. (January 2013)

Why Are Recent College Graduates Underemployed?
Center for College Affordability and Productivity

Millions of college graduates over all—not just recent ones—suffer a mismatch between education and employment, holding jobs that don't require a costly college degree. Related story. Introduction to the report. (January 2013)

A Partnership: The Road to Reshaping Federal & State Financial Aid
Committee for Economic Development

The brief offers another policy perspective among others that experts are making regarding how to increase postsecondary completion rates in the U.S.  Related story. (January 2013)

American Dream 2.0
Coalition - Sponsored by Bil & Melinda Gates Foundation

An influential group of college presidents, civil rights leaders and advocates is highlighting what it calls a growing higher education dropout crisis and seeks to fix it in part by linking financial aid with successful graduation. Related story. (January 2013)

How Much Protection Does a College Degree Afford? - The Impact of the Recession on Recent College Graduates
The Pew Charitable Trusts

This report examines the impact of the Great Recession on the early labor market outcomes of recent college graduates compared to less-educated groups. Related story. (January 2013)

2012

Innovation Imperative: The Future of Higher Education
Northeastern University

According to the survey, nearly half of all Americans have a dim view of the quality of U.S. higher education, and most think it’s not only too expensive but also only a fair or poor return on their investment. Related story. (November 2012)

America's Future: Improving College Readiness
American Association of State Colleges and Universities

This report examines the urgent college readiness challenge: Too many students are coming to college unprepared, and the problem is worsening. Related story. (November 2012) 

Promising and Practical Strategies to Increase Postsecondary Success
U.S. Department of Education

In January, 2012, the Secretary of Education invited submissions about promising and practical strategies, practices, programs, and activities that have improved rates of postsecondary success, transfer, and graduation.  This is the result. Related article. (September 2012)

2012 Condition of College and Career Readiness – 2012 ACT National and State Scores
ACT

Using the ACT College Readiness Benchmarks and ACT® test scores, the Condition of College & Career Readiness reports provide national and state snapshots of college readiness of the graduating seniors of the class of 2012 who took the ACT in high school.  Related story. (August 2012)

For Profit Higher Education: The Failure to Safeguard the Federal Investment and Ensure Student Success
Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions

Senator Tom Harkin’s report after two years is not favorable to for-profit colleges.  Related story. (July 2012)

Evaluating Student Outcomes at For-Profit Colleges
National Bureau of Economic Research

Using the Beginning Postsecondary Student Survey, we examine the effect on earnings of obtaining certificates/degrees from for-profit, not-for-profit, and public institutions. Related story. (July 2012)

Interactive Learning Online at Public Universities: Evidence from Randomized Trials
Ithaka

Students learn just as much in a course that's taught partly online as they would in a traditional classroom, but such courses won't reach their potential until they are both easier for faculty members to customize and more fun for students. Relating story. (May 2012)

The Credential Differential: The Public Return to Increasing Postsecondary Credential Attainment
Cener for Post-Secondary and Economic Success

By 2025, the United States will need to produce about 24 million additional credentialed adults to remain globally competitive with leading Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) member countries. Right now, the nation is losing ground and falling far behind. (March 2012)

Remediation - Higher Education's Bridge to Nowhere
Complete College America

Remediation is broken system. There's better way - start many more students in college courses with just-in-time support. (April 2012)

College Readiness - A Guide to the Field
Annenberg Institute for School Reform

This publication scans the burgeoning field of college readiness and provides models to help districts, schools, and other interested stakeholders prepare their students for college success. (April 2012)

The For-Profit Postsecondary School Sector: Nimble Critters or Agile Predators?
Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Education and Employment

The study finds for-profit colleges do a good job of retaining students in their first year and getting them to finish, but these students also tend to fare worse than similar students at community colleges and public and private nonprofit institutions. Relating story. (February 2012)