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National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NJ1), 2011
Performance funding--the linking of allocation of resources to accomplishment of certain desired outcomes--is an idea that is once again finding favor with policymakers. It has intuitive appeal; what's not to like about paying for results? While it is a notion that makes common sense to most decisionmakers, it is an idea with a very checkered…
Descriptors: Program Implementation, Program Design, Administrative Principles, Financial Support
Kelly, Patrick; Strawn, Julie – National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NJ1), 2011
From 2000 to 2008, enrollments by recent high school graduates grew faster than enrollments by adults age 25 and older (25.3 percent v. 23.6 percent). Between 2009 and 2019, this trend is expected to reverse, with adult enrollments increasing by twice as much as enrollments by traditional age students (22.6 percent vs. 9.7 percent). This paper…
Descriptors: Enrollment Rate, Enrollment Trends, Enrollment Influences, Statistical Analysis
National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NJ1), 2011
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and assessments aligned to them represent a significant milestone in public education reform in the U.S. Developed with consultation from higher education, the rigorous new standards and the assessments now being drafted by two consortia promise to help students reach higher levels of academic achievement and…
Descriptors: Core Curriculum, State Standards, Alignment (Education), Public Education
Kelly, Patrick J. – National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NJ1), 2011
In 1997, policymakers in Kentucky enacted perhaps the most sweeping higher education reform legislation of any state in the past two decades. Kentucky's Postsecondary Education Improvement Act (House Bill 1) has been heralded by many higher education leaders across the U.S. as one of the great success stories--a rare instance when a state's…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Attainment, Educational Change, Educational Legislation
Kelly, Patrick J. – National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NJ1), 2010
In February 2009, President Barack Obama told a joint session of Congress: "By 2020, America will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world". Higher education policymakers across the country were immediately encouraged by this statement, and a variety of policy organizations quickly set out to calculate the…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Attainment, College Graduates, Politics of Education
Jones, Dennis P.; Wellman, Jane – National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NJ3), 2009
Clearly, changing postsecondary finance without a lot of new money to grease the skids will be difficult. The status quo is always easier than change, particularly change that will be objectionable to those who benefited most in the previous system. But political objections aren't the only barrier to changing funding in higher education; a…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Finance, Productivity, Undergraduate Study
Kelly, Patrick J.; Ewell, Peter T. – National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NJ1), 2009
NCHEMS (National Center for Higher Education Management Systems) has worked with the National Association of Systems heads (NASH)--with support from the Lumina Foundation for Education--to develop (1) empirically-based access regions for postsecondary institutions based on student enrollment patterns and (2) access, transition, and completion…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Access to Education, Higher Education, Partnerships in Education
Ewell, Peter; Boeke, Marianne; Zis, Stacey – National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NJ1), 2008
A central objective of state policy is to move larger numbers of citizens through the "educational pipeline" to attain a college degree. In part this objective recognizes that the U.S. is losing its historic dominance in the proportion of young adults with a postsecondary credential (OECD, 2007). Equally important in stimulating change…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Policy, Public Policy, Educational Attainment