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ERIC Number: ED540262
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 27
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Degree Production and Cost Trends: A National Analysis
State Higher Education Executive Officers
The international imperative for postsecondary education is growing, and the push for state and national action is acute. To remain globally competitive, the United States must expedite efforts to further develop a well educated citizenry. Each state faces its own set of demographic and economic challenges. States and institutions operate in unique contexts of student populations, fiscal realities, and higher education governance structures, and undoubtedly will take different approaches to achieve their completion goals. Many states are experiencing dramatic demographic shifts requiring significant improvement in educational attainment among traditionally underrepresented populations. Others were especially hard hit by the recession and, in many cases, full recovery will require a more educated human capital in order to advance a more diverse economy. Despite these differences, however, the national focus must be the same--dramatically increasing the educational attainment of each state's citizens. Given the current and foreseeable fiscal constraints, the states and their public colleges and universities will need to work creatively and efficiently in order to meet this demand. In an effort to provide a context for state policymakers and institutional leaders, this report presents an overview and analysis of trends in degree and completion production, costs per degree and completion, and enrollment in public higher education. This report is the first in a series aimed at providing information to states that will help identify pertinent issues, challenges, and opportunities related to degree productivity. The database constructed by the Delta Cost Project is the principal source of data for this study, employing many of its metrics and calculations to build on previous reports. Appended are: (1) Definitions; (2) Carnegie Classification Groupings; and (3) Limitations in Data. (Contains 5 figures, 8 tables, and 4 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: Lumina Foundation for Education
Authoring Institution: State Higher Education Executive Officers
Identifiers - Location: United States