Posts published in November, 2014

Building Grades 9-14 Career Pathways For Students

From Jobs For The Future:
In collaboration with state leads from across the Pathways to Prosperity Network, the JFF team recently published a policy report, State Strategies for Sustaining and Scaling Grades 9-14 Career Pathways: Toward a Policy Set for Pathways to Prosperity. This report provides a comprehensive overview of the state-level policies and actions that support the Pathways to Prosperity work, as well as concrete examples of how the Pathways key implementation levers are put into practice across the network.

In providing exemplars of how different states and regions are building grades 9-14 career pathways in their respective political, educational, and economic contexts, the paper reaffirms Pathways to Prosperity as a highly versatile model that can be championed by a wide range of stakeholders and implemented with funding streams and legislation, both big and small, old and new.

Report Advocates Major Overhaul Of Role And Effectiveness Of College Boards of Trustees

Boards putting higher education at risk
Inattentive college and university governing boards are putting American higher education at risk, according to a new set of guidelines for trustees issued by the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges

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How To Teach Effectively On Line

Tracing Successful Online Teaching in Higher Education: Voices of Exemplary Online Teachers
by Evrim Baran, Ana-Paula Correia & Ann Thompson  for Teachers College Record
This article presents a multiple-case study that investigated six different cases of exemplary online teachers and their teaching contexts within a large research university. The findings reveal common exemplary online teaching practices and suggest recommendations for supporting and nurturing successful online teaching in higher education institutions.

Deep Analysis Of The New Gainful Employment Rule For Colleges To Receive Federal Money

The U.S. Department of Education released the final version of its Gainful Employment rule, freshly rewritten to try and avoid being thrown out by another judge. Ben Miller tells us what’s changed since the draft rule released in March, how the final rule will affect which programs fail the test, and what the debt-to-earnings rate that the rule relies on will mean for college dropouts.

Accreditation Hinders Launch Of New Post secondary Institutions

Launching new institutions: Solving the chicken-or-egg problem in American higher educationOctober 2014

Sylvia Manning

American Enterprise Institute



Key points

  • US higher education reformers have encouraged accreditors to change their standards and speed up their approval processes to accommodate innovative educational models, but this jeopardizes accreditation’s beneficial quality-assurance mechanisms.
  • A major barrier to colleges and universities entering the higher education market is that as unaccredited institutions, they cannot enroll students with financial aid needs, but having students is a prerequisite for accreditation.
  • A new system in which institutions can become provisionally approved for federal student financial aid before they achieve official accreditation could create a streamlined path for new institutions to enter the market.

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Also of interest


Untapped potential: Making the higher education market work for students and taxpayers

Andrew P. Kelly and Kevin James | AEI | October 6, 2014


Big Drop In College Enrollment : What To Do About It

From College Board

If you have been skeptical about American demographic changes and the resulting decline in college enrollment, review the latest United States Census Bureau statistics. Released Sept. 24, 2014, the report shows a historic drop in college enrollments:


A one-year decline of more than 460,000 students

A two-year decline in enrollment of 930,000 students, called “larger than any college enrollment drop before the recent recession”


These decreases follow a period of significant growth between 2006 and 2011 when the number of enrolled students climbed by more than 3.2 million. Many have theorized that the slow economy drove students back to the classroom in an environment where jobs were scarce.

While the headlines are arresting, it’s worth spending time reviewing the details:


Two-year institutions are affected most: Enrollment dropped 10 percent at two-year colleges, while it rose modestly (1 percent) at four-year institutions.

Latino enrollment has stagnated: Enrollment by students from Latino backgrounds was flat last year, after an increase of 1 million students over the previous five years (2007 to 2012).

Declines cut across age levels: The change in enrollment for students 21 and younger fell at about the same rate as for students 25 and older.


These shifts should not come as a surprise. In their 2013 edition of Knocking at the College Door, the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education reiterated their long-standing prediction that a decrease in high school graduates will result in stiffer competition for recent high school graduates.

How to Cope with Changing Demographics

While the trends are sobering, there are glimmers of positive news. The past year saw a continued increase in the percentage of students from recent graduating classes going on to college. This increase in college-going rates will not, on its own, offset declining enrollments, but it does point the way to strategies you can employ on your campus:


Learn from other institutions: The University of California system recently announced that it has admitted more Latino students (29 percent of the admitted class) than whites (27 percent) for the 2014 academic year.

Review your student search strategy: Leverage the solutions available in College Board Search to make sure your search orders are targeted and strategic. Enrollment Planning Service™ can help you better understand today’s shifting market.

Build strategies for increasing student diversity: Information from the Access and Diversity Collaborative can help you build access and next-generation diversity goals in ethical, legally sound ways.

Communicate your strengths: Place your net price calculator prominently on your website, and consider a variety of other tools to help prospective students understand everything your institution has to offer.