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2010 National Center Reports

Good Policy, Good Practice II
Improving Outcomes and Reducing Costs in Higher Education:
A Guide for Policymakers
November 2010
  This report revises and updates the 2007 report, Good Policy, Good Practice. It is a resource for policy makers and educators seeking examples of programs and policies to improve college access, completion rates, and cost effectiveness.

Beyond the Rhetoric
Improving College Readiness Through Coherent State Policy
June 2010
  This brief addresses the state policy dimensions of college readiness. It identifies the key issues and problems associated with the college readiness gap, which is a major impediment to increasing the numbers of college students who complete certificates or degrees. This policy brief also provides governors, legislators, and state education leaders with specific steps they need to take to close the readiness gap in their state. These findings and recommendations were prepared by the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, and the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB).

Policy Alert: Open-Access Colleges Responsible for Greatest Gains in Graduation Rates
February 2010
  This Policy Alert, which summarizes research at Vanderbilt University, finds that the largest gains in graduation rates over the past decade have been accomplished at open-access or nearly open-access colleges and universities. In addition, states could see even bigger increases if they directed their policies and supports toward improving graduation rates at these nonselective institutions.

Squeeze Play 2010:
Continued Public Anxiety on Cost, Harsher Judgments on How Colleges Are Run
February 2010
  Are college and universities doing all they can to keep costs under control? According to Squeeze Play 2010, a new report from Public Agenda and the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, six out of ten Americans believe that colleges mainly care about their own bottom lines instead of making sure that students have a good educational experience. Squeeze Play 2010 is part of a series of surveys, dating back to 1993, tracking public attitudes about college affordability and accessibility. More than half of Americans now say college is essential for success in the work world. Even more, 69 percent, say there are many qualified people who do not have access to higher education, up seven percentage points from two years ago and 22 percentage points compared to a decade ago.


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