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Higher Education

Higher education spending has escalated at astonishing rates but this spending remains virtually unanalyzed.

Although there is broad acceptance that states benefit from strong higher education institutions, we need to understand what states are getting for their investments.

Using the same methods of fiscal analysis that we have applied to K-12 districts and school, tracing real dollar expenditures to their final use‚ CRPE researchers are exposing new options for improving the productivity of higher education.

2012 Year in Review

2012 was a very productive year at CRPE. Below is a recap of some of our more notable publications, and our webinars can be found here. New Book Strife and Progress: Portfolio Strategies For Managing...

How Public Universities Close Budget Gaps Matters For States

Cuts to state support for higher education have prompted some universities to raise tuition, admit more out-of-state students, and increase enrollment to close budget gaps. This analysis compares these three strategies in terms of the...

Are Residents Losing Their Edge in Public University Admissions? The Case at the University of Washington

Public universities across the country are shifting more spots to nonresidents (who pay higher tuitions) in order to plug budget gaps. This case study examines admissions data at the University of Washington in order to...

Separation of Degrees: State-By-State Analysis of Teacher Compensation for Master’s Degrees

This analysis argues that in the current fiscal climate, districts should rethink automatically paying teachers for master’s degrees, and consider how money could instead be channeled into compensation in ways that lead to improved student...

Can Transfer and Articulation Policies Propel Community College Students to a Bachelor’s Degree—and Is This the Only Goal?

This brief considers the role of transfer and articulation policies in higher education policy and administration.

Community College Transfer and Articulation Policies: Looking Beneath the Surface

This paper explores the relative importance of specific policy components on post-secondary outcomes, and how such policies impact students with different aspirations or economic and ethnic backgrounds.

Community Colleges and Higher Education: How Do State Transfer and Articulation Policies Impact Student Pathways?

This paper reviews state cross-institutional policies designed to better integrate community colleges with four-year college and university system schools, and examines how patterns of college attendance, transfer, and degree earning vary across states with different...

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