ERIC Number: ED486344
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct
Measuring Up on College-Level Learning. National Center Report #05-8
Miller, Margaret A.; Ewell, Peter T.
National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education
To address the issue of student learning at the state level, an invitational forum of public policy, business, and education leaders was convened by James B. Hunt Jr., governor of North Carolina. The forum recommended that the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education initiate a "demonstration project" to determine whether or not it was feasible to collect information on learning at the state level that would be useful to state policy leaders. This report provides a comprehensive account of the project, its findings, and conclusions, as well as information that will be useful to states that may wish to replicate the model. The model described in this report enables states to gather information that addresses two critical questions: (1) What is the "educational capital," or the knowledge and skills of the population, that states have available to them for developing or sustaining a competitive economy and vital civic life? and (2) How do all the colleges and universities in the state (that is, public, private, not-for-profit, and for-profit) contribute to the development of the state's educational capital? The report concludes that providing comparative state-by-state information about learning outcomes is not only feasible, but also important and useful for policy. A section on how to implement the model for college-level learning is appended. (Contains 3 tables and 14 figures.)
Descriptors: Public Policy, Demonstration Programs, Educational Policy, Knowledge Level, Comparative Analysis, Outcomes of Education, Human Capital, Economic Development, State Programs, Higher Education
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, CA.