New book examines how higher ed can fulfill President Obama's challenge

"We have entered an era where continuing to conduct [higher education] 'business as usual' will be increasingly difficult, if not impossible." -- Andrew P. Kelly and Mark Schneider in Getting to Graduation: The Completion Agenda in Higher Education

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 30, 2012

In their new book, American Enterprise Institute (AEI) higher education experts Andrew P. Kelly and Mark Schneider examine the dramatic and unprecedented increase in expectations for American higher education since 2010, when President Obama boldly challenged the nation to once again have "the highest proportion of college graduates in the world."

Getting to Graduation (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012) evaluates the new higher education agenda. The contributors explore where we stand in the effort to improve graduation rates and identify which sectors in higher education could be improved to accomplish the President's challenge.

The contributors in Getting to Graduation write that it is essential for policymakers to:

  • Consider a broader range of learning opportunities--beyond the research university and traditional bachelor degree programs--to include community colleges, occupational certificate programs, and apprenticeships.
  • Rethink policies governing financial aid, remediation, and institutional funding to promote degree completion.
  • Look to the states, both for examples of scalable policies that have proven successful at the state level, and to do much of the "real work" in implementing higher education reforms.

"A solid body of work on an important topic that is not getting the kind of analytical attention it deserves."
--Jane Wellman, Delta Project on Postsecondary Costs, Productivity, and Accountability

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Andrew P. Kelly (andrew.kelly@aei.org) is a research fellow at AEI, where Mark Schneider  (mschneider@air.org) is a visiting scholar. Both can also be reached through Lauren Aronson at lauren.aronson@aei.org or 202.862.5904.

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Mark
Schneider

  • Mark Schneider is a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute  and Vice President at the American Institutes for Research, based in Washington DC. Prior to joining AIR, he served as the U.S. Commissioner of Education Statistics from 2005-2008. He is also a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the State University of New York, Stony Brook. He is the author and editor of numerous article and books on education policy, including Getting to Graduation: The Completion Agenda in Higher Education (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012),  Higher Education Accountability (Palgrave, 2010),  Charter Schools: Hope or Hype? (Princeton University Press, 2007), and  Choosing Schools (Princeton University Press, 2000), which won the Policy Study Organization’s Aaron Wildavsky Best Book Award. Schneider has been working to increase accountability by making data on college productivity more publicly available. To that end, he is one of the creators of www.collegemeasures.org and serves as the president of College Measures LLC, a joint venture of AIR and Matrix Knowledge Group.


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