Maximizing Return on Educational Investment: Preserving Access, Promoting Completion, Protecting Quality

The 2014 policy summit examined efforts by states to support institutional innovation and maximize the return on investment of taxpayer dollars while preserving access, affordability, and quality of student outcomes. Through informative and provocative presentations, discussions, and an examination of innovative and promising practices, the 2014 MHEC policy summit addressed the following four themes: Outcomes-Based Funding and Other Institution-Focused Strategies; Leveraging Student Aid and other Student-Focused Incentives; Consumer Information and Reporting Systems; and Institutional Innovation to Reduce Cost and Advance Student Success.

View recorded Session: Rethinking College Affordability to Maximize States' ROI on Investment in Student Aid

The Traditional Approach to Developmental Education: Background and Effectiveness

This report seeks to portray some of the difficulties that arise in conceptualizing remedial success rates and determining the effectiveness of developmental programs. Research on the effectiveness of the traditional approach is summarized, focusing on the effects of remedial assignment, enrollment, and completion. Several policy implications are offered.

Occupational Relevance of a College Education

The Occupational Relevance of a College Education: An Examination of Education-Job Match among Bachelor’s Degree Recipients research brief provides a national account of whether recent college alumni attain employment congruent with their academic major, reasons for working outside of one’s major field, and possible consequences for job satisfaction. 

2014 June Executive Committee Meeting

The Executive Committee convenes in St. Paul, MN, June 5-6, 2014.

Campus-Based Practices for Promoting Student Success

  • Determinants of Student Success: An Integrative Perspective to Orient Policy and Practice  elaborates on three social-psychological factors that influence student success during college: goal commitment, academic engagement, and social identification. 
  • Effective Pedagogy examines cooperative or collaborative learning involving small groups of students, problem-based learning, service learning, mastery learning, and computer-based instruction. 
  • Financial Aid summarizes key findings from research to inform institutional policy regarding institutional grant aid and work-study programs.
  • Faculty Policy Issues and Student Success examines key issues that confront institutional leaders in creating faculty policies conducive to student success, including employment status, faculty roles and reward systems, and faculty development.
  • Developmental Education: provides a summary of research on policy and program reforms that may improve developmental education and the outcomes of underprepared students, including establishing appropriate program requirements, refining the student placement process, improving the quality of developmental curricula, and incorporating support services.