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2008 National Center Reports

The Iron Triangle: Improving Outcomes and Productivity in Higher Education: College Presidents Talk about Costs, Access, and Quality
October 2008
  This report by Public Agenda explores how college and university presidents view higher education today. Researchers surveyed the presidents on topics including cost, access, and quality, and found a disconnect between the presidents' perspectives on higher education and that of the general public
   
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Policy Alert: Is College Opportunity Slipping Away?
August 2008
  Policy Alert is a publication series that summarizes important policy findings affecting the future of higher education. This issue is based on an earlier study, Squeeze Play: How Parents and the Public Look at Higher Education Today, from the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education and Public Agenda. The Policy Alert summarizes the findings of the study, and is the most recent in a series of reports on public opinion research commissioned by the National Center and conducted by Public Agenda.
   
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Partnerships for Public Purposes: Engaging Higher Education in Societal Challenges of the 21st Century
April 2008
  This report summarizes the discussion from an invitational roundtable that engaged fifteen leaders in higher education. The essay finds that colleges and universities have become preoccupied with advancing their prestige instead of achieving publicly-defined purposes, and calls for the restoration of a greater sense of public purpose to learning in ways that directly meet the country's educational needs for the 21st century.
   
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Policy Alert: Mixed Signals in California; A Mismatch Between High Schools and Community Colleges.
March 2008
  Policy Alert is a publication series that summarizes important policy findings affecting the future of higher education. This issue is based on an earlier study, Investigating the Alignment of High School and Community College Assessments in California. The Policy Alert summarizes the findings of the study, and includes recommendations on how education and policy leaders in California can ensure all high school students receive clear signals about what it takes to succeed at a community college.
   
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