• Promising Evaluation Practices

    Carrying Out an External Evaluation (Part 1 of 3)

    December 3, 2013

    By Patricia Steele
    HigherEd Insight

  • November 13, 2013

    A new report from Public Agenda examines the attitudes and expectations of adults who are considering entering postsecondary education.

    The report, titled “Is College Worth It for Me?”, finds that the costs of earning a credential are at the forefront of adults minds as they consider their decision. Adults also worry about struggling to balance the demands of work and family with school.

  • November 5, 2013

    The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) has released new projections as part of its Knocking at the College Door series. The new supplement projects the number of high school graduates through 2027-28 for the 25 most heavily populated metropolitan areas in the country. These projections can help those trying to bring adults back to complete postsecondary credentials by helping policymakers and education leaders understand the state of the "traditional" education pipeline in years to come.

  • October 28, 2013
    October 28, 2013
    Project Win-Win, a large-scale effort to identify former students of associate’s degree granting that earned enough credits for a degree but never received one, has completed its work, resulting in 4,550 individuals receiving degrees. The Institute for Higher Education Policy has released a final report on the project that details the results at 61 institutions in 9 states and offers numerous recommendations for policy and practice for those seeking to duplicate the strategy elsewhere. 
  • October 2, 2013

    A new brief from HigherEd Insight examines some of the promising strategies that states and metropolitan areas are employing to increase credential completion by adults with prior college credit but no degree.

    The brief is available here.

  • Competency-based Degree Programs

    Wisconsin Competency-Based Program Featured on NPR

    September 12, 2013

    The University of Wisconsin System is preparing to launch it's competency-based degree program, known as the "Flex Option." The program will provide new degree pathways to adults who have significant prior college credit based. The full interview is available on the NPR website.

  • July 24, 2013
    By Patricia Steele
    HigherEd Insight
    You can use data to tell stakeholders a numerical and visual story that makes the case for your program and adult college completion. Presenting your data through clear and appropriate graphics that pack a punch can get your point across succinctly and meaningfully.
  • June 20, 2013

    The Adult College Completion Network hosted a webinar on June 20, examining the FERPA implications of data mining efforts. Baron Rodriguez and Michael Hawes represented the Department of Education and provided guidance to participants about how the law does, and does not, limit this activity.

    The webinar detailed the specific exemptions that may be available for institutions seeking to identify and contact these students.

    To view the recording of the webinar, please click here

    To view the PowerPoint slides, please click here.

  • June 13, 2013
    by Peace Bransberger
    Senior Research Analyst
    Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education
    WICHE’s recently-released projections of high school graduates indicate that the “traditional” pipeline of college students is on the wane and underscore the need to transform higher education for adults and other less traditional students, if we are to accomplish any of the recent postsecondary attainment goals articulated by state and national policy makers.
  • June 7, 2013

    By Patricia Steele
    HigherEd Insights
    Research, data, and experience make it clear that helping adults complete degrees, certificates, and credentials of value is in the best interests of students, employers, the community, and the economy. As professionals seeking to help adults complete degrees, you already know how important it is to make a case for your work to key stakeholders. For some, those stakeholders are state or local policymakers and government agencies. For others, it may be funders, institutional leaders, campus faculty and staff, community-based organizations, or business and industry partners. And while for all of us, getting the message out to potential students is also important, the tips here are focused on securing buy-in and support from key stakeholders critical to the success of your work. 
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