Weekly Research Digest, 8-7-13



Measuring Twice: The Impact on Graduation Rates of Serving Pell Grant Recipients

A Policy Bulletin for HEA Reauthorization, Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance, July 2013

This bulletin cautions against enacting policies that would link student financial aid, such as the Pell Grant and Campus-Based Programs, to an institution's performance. Findings show that the graduation rate for institutions with less than 20 percent Pell Grant recipients and an average ACT score of 29 had an average graduation rate of 80 percent, but colleges with 80 percent or more Pell Grant recipients and an average ACT score of 19 had an average graduation rate of 25 percent.

In the News
Inside Higher Ed - "Inputs Trump Outputs"
Chronicle of Higher Ed - "Report Warns Against Tying Student Aid to Measures like Graduation Rate"

A Closer Look at the Trillion
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, August 2013

Half of the trillion dollars in outstanding federal student loans are being actively repaid. According to this analysis, among the reasons the remainder are not being repaid are that the borrower may be still in school, or the loan is in a grace period, deferment, forbearance status, or default. 

2013 Student Retention and College Completion Practices Report for Four-Year and Two-Year Institutions
Noel Levitz, 2013

A spring 2013 web-based survey of campus officials illustrates the most effective strategies and tactics across all institutions to improve student retention and college completion. Strategies include academic support programs, honors programs, and first-year student programs. Officials of four-year institutions reported that tracking students' persistence and progression patterns was ranked at or near the top practices.

12 Tech Trends Higher Education Cannot Afford to Ignore
Education Dive, July 2013
For the purpose of envisioning the future of higher education, these 12 trends will transform the higher education landscape: the death of personal computers, the proliferation of mobile devices, the rise of social networks, the next generation of networks, the privatization of the cloud, the valuation of "X" as a service, the promise of big data, the implementation of the flipped classroom, the future of the learning space, the legitimization of online learning, the evolution of the college campus, and the advent of the urban operating system.


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PSCUs open doors to many of the 9 million unemployed and 90 million undereducated Americans by providing a skills-based education. To remain competitive over the next decade, we must identify between 8 and 23 million new workers with postsecondary skills. PSCUs are a necessary part of that solution, having produced over 800,000 degrees last year alone.