NEW PUBLICATION RELEASE
The Educational Policy Institute is pleased to release a new Policy Perspectives publication, “Data Collection Efforts at Postsecondary Institutions.” This paper is the end result of a study conducted by EPI in association with the AAAS Center for Advancing Science & Engineering Capacity between 2008 and 2012 to identify and describe current and recent efforts at the institutional, state, regional, and national levels to collect individual student data for tracking progress in postsecondary education in order to provide comprehensive information on promising and usable efforts to collect data. The study was supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The final report was never publicly released until now.
The genesis of this project stemmed from a January 2008 meeting hosted by The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (ALPU), and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), where the discussion focused on tracking student progress at engineering schools across the United States. Little was known about the outcomes of engineering students and the conclusions of the meeting resulted in this study. EPI, with proficiency in student retention and success, was one of the players in the original conversation and became the lead research agency on this project. Thus, the focus of the report is on the ability to track college students, with special focus on engineering students.
EPI conducted a literature review, interviewed experts from around the country, and collected data from over 800 higher education professionals. The report concludes that the predominant view is that a national student unit record system would be a useful, if not critical, tool for public policy. To be realistic, such as system would likely have to be voluntary in nature without a federal mandate.
To learn more about this study and read the associated report, please click here.