Education Level: Postsecondary

Overview

Postsecondary

A credential of value after high school is an imperative in today’s workforce. States and postsecondary institutions must enroll more students, make college affordable, and focus policy and practice on helping more students complete degrees.

Challenge 2020 Goal

Sixty percent of working-age adults will have a postsecondary credential: an associate or bachelor’s degree or a career certificate.

Publication June 201612 pages(16E06)

Challenge to Lead Goals for Education: Refreshed 2020

The Challenge to Lead 2020 Goals for Education: Refreshed 2020 offers six critical goals. They were designed to help SREB state leaders connect measures of student achievement to essential state policies. Each goal includes background information and the steps states need to take to meet each goal in the years ahead.

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Publication February 20158 pages(15C03)

Community Colleges in the South: Strengthening Readiness and Pathways
Executive Summary of the SREB Commission on Community Colleges

The executive summary of the report of SREB’s Community College Commission summarizes findings and outlines 21 recommendations for states and community colleges to increase college access and success so more students earn postsecondary credentials and enter careers in demand in their communities.

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Blog post September 2015 Commission meeting

Part-Time Students = 38% of Undergrads
Affordability Commission focuses on needs of adult and part-time students

Part-time college students made up 38 percent of undergraduates in SREB states by 2013. Many part-time students work to pay their living expenses as well as tuition, and the more hours they work, the longer it takes them to finish, on average. Part-timers are eligible for less financial aid, and they tend to file later, missing early deadlines.

Publication February 201545 pages(15C02)

Community Colleges in the South: Strengthening Readiness and Pathways
Report of the SREB Commission on Community Colleges

The full report of SREB’s Community College Commission offers 21 recommendations for states and community colleges. It presents findings on readiness — including placement and math standards — and on structurally guided pathways to help students clearly see entry, exit and re-entry points to continue their education. The recommendations also
ask states to commit increased funding and hold community colleges accountable for improving student services and completion. The goal: increase college access and success so more students earn postsecondary credentials and enter careers in demand in their communities.

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Publication Dave Spence, Cheryl D. Blanco, Megan Root201022 pages(10E10)

No Time to Waste
Policy Recommendations for Increasing College Completion

States need to place a major focus on increasing the numbers of students who complete college degrees and career certificates toward the goal of having 60 percent of working-age adults earning some type of high-quality credential by the year 2025, a major new report and set of recommendations from the Southern Regional Education Board urges.

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Publication May 20137 pages

Dual Enrollment Courses and Credits
Essential Elements of State Policy for College Completion

Greater numbers — and a more diverse mix — of public high school students are turning to dual enrollment programs to get a head start in college and move more quickly toward a career. This paper — one in SREB’s series on the essential elements of state policy to increase college completion — highlights recent state actions on dual enrollment in SREB states and explores its link to college completion. Recommendations and six issues for policy-makers to consider are included.

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Publication Dave SpenceNovember 20138 pages

State Policies to Support a Statewide College- and Career-Readiness Agenda
Essential Elements of State Policy for College Completion

A statewide college- and career-readiness agenda signals clearly and universally what knowledge and learning skills or readiness standards are essential for students to succeed in a substantial majority of postsecondary education programs. The standards need to be reinforced by a series of additional steps that include assessment, supplemental course work, and school accountability. SREB’s College- and Career-Readiness Action Agenda includes five essential components across the educational pipeline: 1. Adopt statewide readiness standards. 2. Assess high school juniors for readiness. 3. Offer transitional readiness courses for juniors assessed as underprepared. 4. Apply the standards in college placement. 5. Hold schools accountable.

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Publication Megan RootJanuary 20138 pages

Transitional Courses for College and Career Readiness
Essential Elements of State Policy for College Completion

Offering high school courses to prepare underprepared students for success in college or career training after graduation is a key strategy to reduce remediation, increase postsecondary completion and provide greater access to making a living wage. This Essential Elements policy brief details efforts in states across the nation, outlines questions policymakers need to address, and recommends 12 essential elements for an effective statewide policy to implement transitional courses.

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Blog post

Promising Affordability Practices in Oklahoma, Tennessee
What the research tells us

SREB’s Commission on College Affordability in the South convened in New Orleans in December 2014 for its second meeting to focus state policies on increasing the students’ ability to pay for and complete college. Members learned what the research tells us about affordability’s effects on enrollment and completion and heard about promising practices in two states, Oklahoma and Tennessee. 

Publication 201226 pages(12E05)

SREB Goals for Education
Challenge to Lead 2020

Organized to address every major point in the education pipeline, the six goals are designed to help state leaders link outcomes to state policies that can make them happen. Each goal is outlined in detail, including  steps states need to take to meet that goal in the years ahead.

Publication November 201116 pages(11E08)

New Measures, New Perspectives: Graduates’ Time- and Credits-to-Degree in SREB States

The SREB-State Data Exchange has designed new measures on college completion in recent years — and collected and reported data based on these measures. This Research Brief introduces the latest new measures, distinguishes them from graduation rate measures, and reports the first results on time-to-degree and credits-to-degree in the SREB region. It also provides information on the characteristics of graduates, focusing primarily on their beginning status at the institutions from which they graduated.

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