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Topic: Student learning and outcomes

Blog Post
October 3, 2018

Assessing the Impact of State Policies on Higher Education Attainment

Ithaka S+R Launches New Research Project in Partnership with the Joyce Foundation

While aspirations to attend college are now more common among high school students, the opportunity to pursue higher education and complete a degree in order to enjoy the lifelong benefits of a college education varies widely by students’ race and socioeconomic background. Through financial support of public institutions, tax benefits for private institutions, student financial aid, and regulation of the higher education marketplace, state governments have the potential to mitigate these inequities for their residents. Yet with wide…
Past Event
October 9, 2018

Supporting Student Success at Community Colleges

An Educause Webinar with Christine Wolff-Eisenberg and Dr. Braddlee

On Tuesday, October 9, Christine Wolff-Eisenberg and NOVA’s Dr. Braddlee are presenting at an EDUCAUSE ELI webinar. The webinar will run from 1:00 – 2:00 pm (ET). To register, please visit the EDUCAUSE website. About the webinar: What goals are community college students trying to achieve through their education? What challenges are they facing? What library and other academic support services might help them succeed? These questions are at the center of a multiyear research project that Ithaka S+R…
Blog Post
September 26, 2018

The Landscape of First-Year Programming in Two-Year Institutions

A student’s first year at a new college is a critically important period—academically, socio-emotionally, personally, and professionally. To help incoming college students succeed, many institutions offer First-Year Experience (FYE) programs. But most of the research on the scope and effectiveness of these programs centers on four-year colleges and universities, overlooking an important sector of the postsecondary student population–namely students in two-year programs. To begin to fill this research gap, Ithaka S+R and Two Year First Year (TYFY), with support from the…
Research Report
September 26, 2018

The First-Year Experience in Two-Year Public Postsecondary Programs

Results of a National Survey

A student’s first year at a new college is a critically important period—academically, socio-emotionally, personally, and professionally. Whether transitioning from high school, other postsecondary education, or the labor market, students often need to adjust to a myriad of changes beyond just the new academic environment. They may be relocating, starting a new job in order to pay for tuition and living expenses, or facing new demands as they balance family responsibilities, work, and school deadlines. Students learn to navigate new…
Blog Post
September 19, 2018

Evaluating Online Instruction and Cross-Institutional Course Sharing

The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), in collaboration with Ithaka S+R, recently concluded its four-year initiative with the Consortium for Online Humanities Instruction (2014-18), which provided opportunities for two distinct cohorts of private liberal arts colleges to first design and teach online humanities courses in their own institutions and later to revise and offer the same courses to all students in the Consortium.[1] The second Consortium just completed its final year of work and participants shared valuable insights…
Research Report
September 19, 2018

CIC Consortium for Online Humanities Instruction II

Evaluation Report for the Second Course Iteration

Introduction The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) Consortium for Online Humanities Instruction began in 2014 with the support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to determine if small, independent colleges could collaborate in developing online, upper-level humanities courses that would give students at these institutions a broader range of courses from which to choose. The success of the first Consortium (2014–2016) motivated the Mellon Foundation to support a second Consortium that was formed in the summer of 2016 with…
Upcoming Event
November 16, 2018

The Role of Proactive Advising Systems in Promoting Student Success

Rayane Alamuddin at the Midwestern Higher Education Compact Annual Commission Meeting and Policy Forum

On Friday, November 16, Rayane Alamuddin is speaking on the “Innovative Approaches to Access and Success” panel at the 2018 Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) Annual Commission Meeting and Policy Forum. Her talk, “The Role of Proactive Advising Systems in Promoting Student Success,” draws on Ithaka S+R’s ongoing MAAPS project. For more information about the meeting and to see the full schedule, please visit the MHEC website.    …
Past Event
September 26, 2018

Rayane Alamuddin Presents Findings from the First-Year Programming at Two-Year Institutions Study

TyFy Conference in Orlando

On Wednesday, September 26, Rayane Alamuddin will present findings from the First-Year Programming at Two-Year Institutions study at the TYFY Conference in Orlando, Florida. Ithaka S+R will also release the publication of the study that day. For more information and to register, please see the conference website.
Upcoming Event
December 5, 2018

Ithaka S+R at the Library Assessment Conference

Danielle Cooper and Christine Wolff-Eisenberg Present on Ongoing Research Projects

Danielle Cooper and Christine Wolff-Eisenberg will present on two research projects at the Library Assessment Conference in Houston, Texas. On Wednesday, December 5, Christine will be joined by Dr. Braddlee of Northern Virginia Community College to talk about the Community College Libraries & Academic Support for Student Success project as part of a panel on Methods & Tools. The session runs from 2-3:30 pm. On Thursday, December 6, Danielle is speaking on “Perspectives on the Limits of Assessment: Ithaka…
Blog Post
September 4, 2018

“The Degree Is Cool, But I’m More About the Knowledge”

How Community College Students Define Student Success

“Student success” has moved to the forefront of the higher education agenda. Success at community colleges — and four-year colleges — has often been defined by the achievement of institutional outcomes, predominantly comprised of various measures of student persistence, achievement, and attainment, including rates of transfer, enrollment in postsecondary education, GPA, retention, time to graduation, graduation, and post-graduation job attainment and compensation. However, these traditional measures of student success have often been derived from higher education institutions, state…
Blog Post
August 30, 2018

Community College Academic Support Ecosystems

Ithaka S+R Launches New Research Project

Thirty-nine percent of all US undergraduate students attend community colleges, with roughly nine million enrolled in public two-year colleges annually. These institutions serve a wide range of students, including underrepresented minorities, veterans, low-income, adult, and first-generation students, as well as underprepared and non-traditional learners. But with only 37.5 percent earning a degree from either a two- or four-year institution within six years of starting…
Research Report
August 13, 2018

Amplifying Student Voices

The Community College Libraries and Academic Support for Student Success Project

The Community College Libraries & Academic Support for Student Success (CCLASSS) project examines student goals, challenges, and needs from the student perspective. Through this project, we aim to provide community colleges and their libraries with strategic intelligence on how to adapt their services to most effectively meet student needs. In spring 2018, we conducted semi-structured interviews with students at seven partner community colleges on student objectives and goals, definitions of success, challenges faced, and coursework practices. Key findings Across…
Blog Post
August 12, 2018

New Report: Supporting Student Success at Community Colleges

What goals are community college students trying to achieve through their education? What challenges are they facing? What services might help them succeed? These questions are at the center of a multi-year research project that Ithaka S+R and Northern Virginia Community College, along with six other community college partners and with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), are currently undertaking. Today, we’re issuing our first report from the project,…
Blog Post
July 5, 2018

Strengthening Library Education

New Report from IMLS

Last November, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) convened experts to explore how to strengthen the formal education component of the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian grant program to best support library and information science programs to meet the needs of students and libraries while increasing diversity within the library and archives professions. I’m excited to share that this report which I coauthored, “Positioning Library and Information Science Graduate Programs for 21st Century…
Blog Post
June 27, 2018

New Research from the American Talent Initiative on Community College Transfer to Top Colleges and Universities

The American Talent Initiative (ATI) just released new research suggesting that, each year, 50,000 high-achieving, low- and moderate-income community college students do not transfer to any four-year institution. Approximately 15,000 of these lower-income students have the academic credentials to be successful at even the most selective colleges and universities, having earned a 3.7 GPA or higher at their community college. ATI’s research demonstrates that enrolling more lower-income freshman is not the only viable strategy for increasing socioeconomic diversity…
Research Report
June 27, 2018

The Talent Blind Spot

The Case for Increasing Community College Transfer to High Graduation Rate Institutions

In addition to expanding access and enhancing educational quality, there is a compelling economic case to be made for increasing transfer students. Specifically, supporting community college transfer pathways may offer four-year colleges a financially sustainable strategy to provide an affordable education to substantially more low- and moderate-income students.
Blog Post
May 8, 2018

Setting the Table: Responsible Use of Student Data in Higher Education

Martin Kurzweil and Mitchell Stevens in EDUCAUSE Review

Martin Kurzweil and Mitchell Stevens published “Setting the Table: Responsible Use of Student Data in Higher Education” in the May/June 2018 issue of EDUCAUSE Review.  As they note, “Rapid movement at the cutting edge of edtech has far outpaced changes in the laws, institutional policies, and ethical frameworks that were crafted to inform responsible use of educational information in the twentieth century. This makes for a jarring recognition, but also an opportunity to revisit and rearticulate guiding ideals of…
Blog Post
May 8, 2018

Check out Catharine Bond Hill’s Opinion Piece in Inside Higher Ed

Can Higher Ed Change America’s Negative View?

In today’s Inside Higher Ed, Ithaka S+R’s managing director Catharine Bond Hill asks “Can Higher Ed Change America’s Negative View?” In the piece she explores why higher education institutions have lost the public’s trust and sketches out how colleges and universities can regain it.    …
Blog Post
May 2, 2018

Amplifying the Student Voice

The Community College Libraries & Academic Support for Student Success Project

Borough of Manhattan Community College I have had the opportunity this spring to speak with students about their educational objectives, their academic and information usage practices, and the barriers they face as a part of the first phase of the Community College Libraries & Academic Support for Student Success (CCLASSS) project. Through this project, we and seven other partner colleges, aim to explore (1) how student success can be defined in a way that is inclusive of both…
Past Event
May 31, 2018

Martin Kurzweil at The New York Times Higher Ed Leaders Forum

Big Data: Managing Risks and Seizing Opportunities

On Thursday, May 31, 2018, Martin Kurzweil will serve as a discussion leader on “Big Data: Managing Risks and Seizing Opportunities” at The New York Times Higher Ed Leaders Forum. The session will run from 12:30 – 2:00 pm. The event is being held in TheTimesCenter in New York City. For more information, please see the event website. About the forum: For the presidents, chancellors and provosts of our nation’s colleges and universities, issues on campus grow more urgent…