The Effectiveness and Efficiency of Postsecondary Institutions

Graduation rates are frequently employed in rating the effectiveness and efficiency of colleges and universities. However, variation in raw graduation rates may better reflect differences in such factors as admissions selectivity or institutional mission rather than whether institutional practices and programs are conducive to student success. This report thus estimates institutional effectiveness as the difference between an institution’s actual graduation rate and the rate that would be expected given the institution’s structural attributes, the types of students served, and the geographical context. Institutional efficiency is then estimated as the ratio of effectiveness to educational expenditures per full-time equivalent student. The results demonstrate that seemingly low graduation rates may in fact reflect institutional practices that are satisfactory or better.

State Constitutional Provisions and Higher Education Governance

The Selection of Peer States for Performance Benchmarking in Higher Education

What Fathom Met MOOC: Love and Learning in the OER Marketplace

Chris Rasmussen, MHEC vice president for research & policy analysis, participated in the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association on April 30. Panelists presented on the topic: Defining a Meaningful Research Agenda Around Technological Innovation in Postsecondary Course Delivery. In addition to Rasmussen, the participants were Mario Martinez, University of Nevada - Las Vegas; Mitchell L. Stevens, Stanford University; Katharine Kendall Guthrie, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; and Cynthia D. Wilson, The League for Innovation in the Community College. Rasmussen’s presentation was titled: When Fathom Met MOOC: Love and Learning in the OER Marketplace. Inside Higher Ed covered the session in an article on May 1: Quick and Dirty Research.