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ERIC Number: ED522407
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Measuring Up 2004: The State Report Card on Higher Education. Alabama
National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education
This state report card is derived from "Measuring Up 2004," the national report card for higher education. Its purpose is to provide the public and policymakers with information to assess and improve postsecondary education in each state. "Measuring Up 2004" is the third in a series of biennial report cards. The report card grades states in six overall performance categories: (1) Preparation: How adequately are students in each state being prepared for education and training beyond high school?; (2) Participation: Do state residents have sufficient opportunities to enroll in education and training beyond high school?; (3) Affordability: How affordable is higher education for students and their families?; (4) Completion: Do students make progress toward and complete their certificates and degrees in a timely manner?; (5) Benefits: What benefits does the state receive as a result of having a highly educated population?; and (6) Learning: What is known about student learning as a result of education and training beyond high school? This state report card begins by summarizing the state's performance today compared with ten years ago, and by presenting key policy questions that these results suggest for the state. Next, the state's performance in each category is described in greater detail, followed by additional contextual information. Findings for Alabama include: (1) Despite improvement over the past decade, Alabama continues to struggle in preparing students to succeed in college. This year Alabama earns a D- in preparation; (2) Over the past decade, Alabama has declined in the number of students enrolling in higher education. This year Alabama receives a C in participation; (3) Over the past decade, Alabama has lost ground in making higher education affordable. This year Alabama receives an F in affordability; (4) Alabama has shown no notable progress in the proportion of students receiving certificates or degrees in a timely manner. This year Alabama earns a B- in completion; (5) Over the past decade, Alabama has seen an increase in benefits from having a more highly educated population. This year, however, Alabama receives a C+ in benefits because other states performed better; and (6) Like most states, Alabama received an Incomplete in learning because there are no comparable data that would allow for meaningful state-by-state comparisons in learning. [For "Measuring Up 2004: The National Report Card on Higher Education," see ED508096.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Community; Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education
Identifiers - Location: Alabama