Selected National Higher Education Publications

AASCU is pleased to provide a timely compilation of national reports on a variety of issues central to higher education access and affordability.

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A New Partnership: Reshaping the Federal and State Commitment to Need-Based Aid (Press Release) (Executive Summary) (Report) (Related story)
Committee for Economic Development
This report calls for a number of changes to the federal and state student financial aid framework. Recommendations include calling for an end to tuition tax credits and changing the student loan repayment system. The report's top recommendation calls for replacing federal student grant aid programs into one federal-state matching grant program.   
College is Worth It (Report)
Hart Research Associates/HCM Strategists/The Winston Group
The policy brief provides qualitative and quantitative data related to public perception of higher education, including a focus on minority populations. Respondents stated that higher education is still important and worth the time and money involved, but remain concerned over college affordability and student debt levels. The highest priority for reform among respondents was increasing the number of individuals who earn a college degree or postsecondary credential.

The Likely Impact of Sequestration on Higher Education (Report)
American Council on Education
This policy brief outlines expected consequences of the federal sequester on higher education expected to take place on March 1, 2013. The sequester is projected to affect two major areas for higher education: research funding and student aid. Program funding in these areas are expected to be reduced by 5.1 percent under sequestration. Pell Grant funding will not be affected by the sequester. 

Growing What Works: Lessons Learned in Replicating Promising Practices for Latino Student Success (Report
Excelencia in Education
This report highlights institutional practices from public and private colleges and universities that have been effective at improving student success among Latino student populations. The report includes goals and outcomes of grant programs over the past several years. 

An Open Letter to College and University Leaders: College Completion Must be Our Priority (Press Release) (Report) (Related Story)
National Commission on Higher Education Attainment
This report calls for higher education leaders to make student retention and completion a top campus priority and recommends three main areas for reform: campus culture, cost effectiveness and quality, and data usage. 

The American Dream 2.0: How Financial Aid Can Help Improve College Access, Affordability and Completion (Website) (Report) (Related story)
HCM Strategists
A coalition of higher education leaders argues in this report that college completion remains a national economic imperative. The report includes a number of guiding principles and broad-based series of reforms to improve student retention and completion. 

Post-traditional Learners and the Transformation of Postsecondary Education: A Manifesto for College Leaders (Press Release) (Report) (Related story)
American Council on Education
This policy brief challenges college leaders to reform existing instructional, institutional and revenue models to better serve growing numbers of post-traditional students in higher education. It includes three principles for reform. 

Grapevine State Fiscal Support for Higher Education Summary Tables, (FY) 2012-13 (Website) (Related story)
Center for the Study of Education Policy at Illinois State University
Grapevine's website has been updated to reflect the latest state appropriations data for public higher education 

2012 State Teacher Policy Yearbook (Website) (Executive Summary) (Report)
National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ)
This report explores and evaluates state teacher preparation policies. It includes a national summary as well as individual state reports.

Regulating Online Postsecondary Education: State Issues and Options (View)
National Governors Association
This report outlines the state online postsecondary education regulatory and policy landscape, including information on state authorizing agencies, costs and accrediting requirements. It also includes regional and national efforts to improve the state authorization process. 

How Much Protection Does a College Degree Afford ? (Report) (Related Story)
The Pew Charitable Trusts
This report concludes that job and income loss during the recession was worse for young adults without college degrees.
Knocking at the College Door: Projections of High School Graduates 
(Website(Report(Executive Summary) (Related Story)
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE)
This report offers projections of national and state-level numbers of high school graduates, including breakdowns by race and ethnicity.

The Economic Benefit of Postsecondary Degrees: A State and National Level Analysis (View Report)
State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO)
This report examines national trends in terms of median income and wage premium associated with different college disciplines and degree levels. It also provides state-level data on the wage premiums associated with degree attainment levels across seven broad discipline categories.

College Funding in Context: Understanding the Differences in Higher Education Appropriations Across the States (View Website) (View Report)
This report explores a broad array of circumstances behind budgetary decisions for higher education. It argues that a range of economic, political and cultural factors can influence state support for higher education.