Reports: Post-secondary education

The Condition of Education 2017
National Center for Education Statistics, May 2017, 386 pp.
Annual report that summarizes trends in education. Indicators include educational attainment, earnings and unemployment rates by educational attainment, families living in poverty, early childhood education participation, English language learners, children and youth with disabilities, and postsecondary enrollment.   more info >

Minnesota Measures: Report on Higher Education Performance
Minnesota Office of Higher Education, February 2017, 68 pp.
Annual report that provides facts about higher education in Minnesota. Includes data on preparing for and entering college, during college, and outcomes of college.   more info >

Boosting College Success Among Men of Color: Promising Approaches and Next Steps
MDRC, December 2016, 12 pp.
This brief catalogues strategies commonly used in interventions at post-secondary educational institutions aimed at improving outcomes for male students of color and charts the way forward for future evaluative work.   more info >

Getting Prepared 2016
Minnesota State Colleges & Universities; University of Minnesota, October 2016, 45 pp.
Reports data on recent public high school graduates who take developmental (or remedial) courses in Minnesota's two public university systems, as one measure of the state’s performance in preparing K-12 students for college.   more info >

Racial Disparities in Wage and Employment After Graduation
Minnesota Economic Trends, December 2015, 12 pp.
This article explores a variety of educational outcomes, such as earnings and ability to find a good job after college, in the context of racial disparity research. It also considers policies that can reduce racial disparities in post-secondary education outcomes.   more info >

Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children
The Annie E. Casey Foundation, October 2014, 52 pp.
Presents the Race for Results Index, a collection of data presented by racial and ethnic groups and by state. Indicators address early childhood, academic achievement, teen parenting, higher education, and family characteristics.   more info >

The Geography of Foreign Students in U.S. Higher Education: Origins and Destinations
Brookings Institute, August 2014
Data on foreign students in the United States and their impact on the local economy.   more info >

America's Young Adults: Special Issue, 2014
Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, July 2014, 100 pp.
Detailed report that provides data on young adults, ages 18-24. Includes demographic characteristics, living situation, and overall well-being.   more info >

State of Black America
National Urban League, April 2014
Annual report presenting the National Urban League's Equality Index. Focuses on unemployment and income equality, but also includes measures of education, health, civic engagement, housing, transportation, and public safety for Hispanic, Black, and White populations. Includes metropolitan area rankings of unemployment and income equality. Requires a free registration to download full reports.   more info >

The Rising Cost of Not Going to College
Pew Research Center, February 2014, 65 pp.
Presents results from a survey and study comparing college graduates to those with less education. The study found that young college graduates are outperforming their peers with less education on a number of economic and career attainment measures.   more info >

STEM in Minnesota: Education and Workforce Disparities by Race/Ethnicity, Income, and Gender
Wilder Research, January 2014
Research papers that augment STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) information on the Minnesota Compass website. They present data and strategies for addressing racial, income, and gender gaps in STEM achievement, college readiness, interest, degree completion, and workforce participation.   more info >

Unemployment Disparity in Minnesota
State Advisory Committees to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, December 2013, 105 pp.
In-depth look at unemployment disparities in Minnesota.   more info >

Predictors of Postsecondary Success
College and Career Readiness and Success Center, November 2013, 16 pp.
Identifies student skills, behaviors, and other characteristics that predict future academic and workplace success.   more info >

Beyond Completion: Enabling Governors to Evaluate the Outcomes of Postsecondary Education
National Governors Association, September 2013, 8 pp.
Suggestions for more advanced measures to use when evaluating a state's postsecondary education system.   more info >

What Does It Really Mean to Be College and Work Ready? The Mathematics and English Literacy Required of First Year Community College Students
National Center on Education and the Economy, May 2013, 24 pp.
A study of the English and math required for success in the first year of community college.   more info >

Eduployment: Creating Opportunity Policies for America's Youth
Youth Transition Funders Group, April 2013, 16 pp.
This paper introduces the concept of "eduployment," a term recognizing learning and work are inextricably linked and opportunity policies for youth must prepare young people for postsecondary success, rather than the outmoded college or career.   more info >

Generation Next
Wilder Research, April 2013, 26 pp.
Generation Next is an initiative committed to closing the achievement gap among Twin Cities’ low-income students and students of color. It is a partnership of education, community, government, and business organizations dedicated to accelerating educational achievement for all our children – from early childhood to early college and career. Reports provide baseline data for Generation Next goals, strategies for improving student college and career readiness, an analysis of the local landscape of college and career readiness programming, views by local leaders on the strengths and gaps in local college and career readiness efforts, and effective strategies for early literacy intervention.   more info >

Midwestern Higher Education Compact: Annual Report to the Member States, 2015-2016
Midwest Higher Education Compact, January 2013, 52 pp.
Annual report including performance indicators for postsecondary education in Minnesota, North Dakota, and other midwestern states. Includes data on rates of enrollment, degree completion, and state investments in postsecondary education.   more info >

Higher education partnerships for prosperity
Itasca Project, July 2012, 32 pp.
The Itasca Higher Education Task Force brought together leaders from Minnesota’s higher education institutions and business community to identify strategies to build upon the strengths of our educational system and meet the challenges ahead, forming a four-part strategic vision for higher education in collaboration with businesses outlined in this report.   more info >

Improving College Readiness: Perspectives for Research, Policy, and Practice
Midwestern Higher Education Compact, June 2012, 60 pp.
Presents information on the core dimensions of college readiness: academic preparation, financial literacy, and non-cognitive variables. Information was compiled from the proceedings of a policy summit and a scan of research.   more info >

Advancing Student Success in the California Community Colleges
California Community Colleges Student Success Task Force, January 2012, 77 pp.
An example of a plan to advance student success in community colleges. Recommendations address college and career readiness, support for entering students, incentivizing successful student behaviors, course offerings, basic skills students, professional development, and leadership and coordination among colleges.   more info >

Women in America: Indicators of Social and Economic Well-being
U.S. Department of Commerce Economics and Statistics Administration, March 2011, 97 pp.
This report provides a statistical picture of women in America in five critical areas: demographic and family changes, education, employment, health, and crime and violence.   more info >

College Access Challenge Grant Program
Western Interstate Commisssion for Higher Education, February 2011, 8 pp.
The College Access Challenge Grant Program is a federal program aimed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. This issue of Western Policy Exchanges highlights a few state projects and presents lessons learned.   more info >

Turning the tide: Five years of achieving the dream in community colleges
MDRC, Community College Reseach Center, January 2011, 210 pp.
“Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count,” is a national initiative aimed at improving success among community college students, particularly low-income students and students of color. This report examines the first 26 colleges to join Achieving the Dream in 2004 and tracks their progress through spring 2009.   more info >

Change in income by education level, by race in Minnesota
The Minnesota Private College Council, Fund and Research Foundation, July 2010, 11 pp.
This brief examines income in Minnesota by race/ethnicity for each level of education attained, and illustrates income premiums for each level of education over a high school credential. It also compares income by age for each level of education, to show earning power over time.   more info >

Help wanted: Projections of jobs and education requirements through 2018
Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, June 2010, 122 pp.
Provides detailed national forecasts of educational demand from 2008 through 2018, including educational demand by education level, occupation, and industry. Minnesota is ranked among the top five states that will lead the nation in job openings requiring postsecondary education.   more info >

The ACCESS system: Achieving college and career-readiness for every student's success: A proposal for a new high school assessment and accountability system for Minnesota
College and Career-Ready Policy Institute Assessment Working Group, March 2010, 33 pp.
Report from a task force charged with developing a recommendation for a new high school assessment and accountability system for Minnesota. Looks at research on the consequences of high-stakes graduation policies and presents a detailed look at the proposed system.   more info >

What Works for Older Youth During the Transition to Adulthood: Lessons from Experimental Evaluations of Programs and Interventions
Child Trends, March 2010, 15 pp.
Identifies intervention strategies that promote the positive development of older youth.   more info >

U.S. Economic and Social Trends Since 2000
Population Reference Bureau, February 2010, 20 pp.
Presents social and economic data from the American Community Survey.   more info >

Revving the education engine: Effectively aligning education, workforce and economic development policy
Education commission of the States, December 2009, 24 pp.
Alignment is intended to make sure that investments in education support state and regional economic and workforce goals. This report explains the need for alignment, outlines key strategies for achieving it, and discusses implementation. Includes promising practices and model policies that help students finish postsecondary training  and enter the workforce.   more info >

Strengthening Community Colleges' Influence on Economic Mobility
Economic Mobility Project, October 2009, 43 pp.
This paper examines the role community colleges play in enhancing the upward mobility of their students. The study looks at the various pathways through which students can increase their earnings, including transferring to a four-year college and completing an associate degree or certificate in a range of high-return fields.   more info >

Educating Minnesota's immigrant students
Citizens League, February 2009, 44 pp.
This report represents the work of the Study Committee on Immigration and Higher Education. It includes findings and recommendations on how Minnesota can increase immigrant student readiness and success in higher education.   more info >

The lost decade: Taking a closer look at Minnesota's public investments in the 2000s
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, December 2008, 36 pp.
This report looks at the status of Minnesota's investments in four areas of the budget that significantly impact the well-being of Minnesota families and are important for ensuring that all Minnesotans have the opportunity to succeed: early childhood through grade 12 education, higher education, child care assistance, and affordable housing and homelessness prevention.   more info >

Smart investments in Minnesota's students: A research-based investment proposal
Growth & Justice, October 2008, 32 pp.
Shows how to apply what is known about cost-effective investments in education to address a looming shortage of educated workers that could undermine the state’s economic well being.   more info >

Enrollment patterns of students from low-income families
Minnesota Office of Higher Education, October 2008, 50 pp.
Provides information about recent trends and practices for meeting the needs of postsecondary students in Minnesota who are from low-income families. The report includes data on enrollment, persistence, and degree attainment, tuition and financial aid, programs available from public and private institutions, and identifies areas for further study.   more info >

Reach higher, America: Overcoming crisis in the U.S. workforce
National Commission on Adult Literacy, June 2008, 76 pp.
Although the American economy increasingly requires that most workers have some postsecondary education or occupational training to be ready for employment, the country is moving further away from that goal.  A significant number of adults face educational barriers that mean they will fall behind in their struggle to get higher wage jobs or qualify for college or job training.  This report offers an analysis and recommendations on ways to increase the competitiveness of the American workforce.   more info >

Overcoming Obstacles, Optimizing Opportunities: State Policies to Increase Postsecondary Attainment for Low-Skilled Adults
Cetner for Law and Social Policy, March 2008, 24 pp.
This paper provides an overview of state policies that are successful in helping lower-skilled adults enter and succeed in college and careers. It introduces a series of state policy reports developed as part of Breaking Through, a national project that helps community colleges identify and develop institutional strategies that enable low-skilled adult students to enter into and succeed in occupational and technical degree programs.   more info >

College access for the working poor: overcoming burdens to succeed in higher education
Institute for Higher Education Policy, July 2007
Individuals from working poor families enroll in college at lower rates and are less likely to complete college.  This report provides a comprehensive overview of the higher education experiences, financial challenges, and attendance and completion rates of the working poor.   more info >

Web sites

Prosperity Now Scorecard
Ranks the 50 states and the District of Columbia on performance measures in the areas of Financial Security, Business Development, Homeownership, Health Care and Education.   more info >

Education Commission of the States
Educational information covering early learning, K-12, and postsecondary. The issue sites include summaries of the facts, what states are doing, programs and practice, and sources of additional information on topics such as school readiness, assessment, at-risk students, charter schools, child abuse, educational attainment, mentoring, teaching, and many more.   more info >

ERIC database (Education Resources Information Center)
Database of education research.   more info >

Minnesota Office of Higher Education
Data on post-secondary education.   more info >

Jobs for the Future
Research on the educational and economic advancement of youth and adults.   more info >

A social policy research organization that works to improve the well-being of low-income people. Many reports are available on-line.   more info >

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