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 Tim Shaughnessy Kirsten E. Sundell May 201717 pages(17V12)
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Beginning the Bachelor of Science in Nursing in High School
How Kentucky Created a 120-Credit Hour Nursing Career Pathway

Beginning the Bachelor of Science in Nursing in High School: How Kentucky Created a 120-Credit Hour Nursing Career Pathway describes how SREB spent a year working with a coalition of Kentucky educators and health-care employers to develop a seamless sequence of courses and credentials that help students transition from high school to community and technical college programs, the BSN and employment as nursing assistants, licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and registered nurses (RNs).

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Publication October 2016 | 32 pages | (16E10)
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Shared Responsibility for College Affordability
The Report of the SREB Commission on College Affordability in the South

The Commission offers eight policy recommendations for affordability, grounded in a shared responsibility model where states, families, colleges and the federal government each play a role. The report charts trends and data on educational attainment, workforce needs, student diversity, family income, student debt, higher ed funding, tuition, net price, financial aid and more. An appendix offers questions to help states begin reviews of their policies and practices. 

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Publication October 2016 | 16 pages | 16E09

The Right Direction: Elements of Effective Mentoring

Effective mentorship requires many talents. In profiles of Mentor of the Year winners at the Institute on Teaching and Mentoring, this publication highlights eight qualities mentors and and their mentees identified as important components of their relationships.

Publication July 2016 | 3 pages

A Statewide Framework
College Affordability Policy and Practice Review

The SREB Commission on College Affordability in the South recommended that states review affordability policies for capacity to make postsecondary education more affordable for students and families. This framework outlines, in checklist form, questions to guide the review. Questions cover governance, aligning policies toward affordability, tuition policy, need-based student financial aid, student debt, investing in innovation, and shared responsibility among states, agencies, institutions and families.

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Publication June 201612 pages(16E06)

Challenge to Lead Goals for Education: Refreshed 2020

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, placement, math standards and structurally guided pathways to help students clearly see entry, exit and re-entry points to continue their education. Recommendations ask states to commit increased funding and hold 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

More public high school students are turning to dual enrollment programs for a head start in college and careers. This paper — one in SREB’s series on the essential elements of state policy to increase college completion — highlights 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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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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