Serving statewide coordinating and governing boards in developing and sustaining excellent systems of higher education.
Access, Diversity & Participation

Achieving full access to educational opportunity is a national priority and one of higher education's toughest challenges. Previously SHEEO has focused initiatives to support state efforts to encourage programs involving early outreach, preparation for college, and student recruitment.

Current Projects:

The SHEEO Access and Excellence Initiative: Strengthening Policy-Making Capacity
The SHEEO Access and Excellence Initiative reflects three core observations that emerged from a close, collaborative examination of the demands and challenges facing higher education at the state level.
      • Policies need to be better informed by rapidly growing information and knowledge about higher education.
      • Available knowledge resources must be shared more broadly and productively.
      • Both the expansion of our collective higher education knowledge and increased policy collaboration require new         skills and forms of professional development.

Pathways to College Project
The Pathways to College Network is an alliance of private and corporate foundations, nonprofits, educational institutions, and the U.S. Dept. of Education. Launched in December 2000 and with funding commitments expected to total over $2 million over the first three years of the project, the mission of the Pathways Network is to focus research-based knowledge and resources on improving college preparation, access, and success for under-served population, including low-income, underrepresented minority, and first-generation students.

Recommended Readings:

Graduation Rates For Selected Bachelor-Degree-Granting Colleges
Using IPEDS Graduation Rate Survey (GRS) data for four-year institutions, this tool, developed by Nate Johnson of the Florida Division of Colleges and Universities, allows one to search for four, five, and six-year bachelor’s degree graduation rates by state, sector, Carnegie Classification, and urbanicity. Results are shown by race/ethnicity and can be further refined by gender and specific institution.
This tool can be found at

Accountability and Graduation Rates: Seeing the Forest and the Trees
AASCU, October 2002
This brief was prepared by AASCU drawing on national graduation rate data and information gathered by SHEEO from state agencies about the extent and use of graduation rate data at the state agency level. The purpose of the brief and data is to give congressional staff information about how state higher education agencies monitor graduation rates at the state level and information about the range and complexity of issues involved in the use of graduation rates as an accountability measure. This information was distributed and discussed at a recent meeting with Senate staff, and it will continue to be more broadly distributed in preparation for reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.

Predicting Bachelor's Degree Completion
Developed by the Council for Education Policy, Research and Improvement, this statistical tool estimates the percent chance of bachelor's degree completion for a variety of student profiles and attendance scenarios. Results are based on the performance of 1993-94 Florida public high school graduates in Florida public community colleges and universities over a seven-year period.
This tool can be found at

Innovations in Online Learning: Moving Beyond No Significant Difference
By Carol A. Twigg, 2001
On December 8-9, 2000, in Phoenix, Arizona, a group of faculty and administrators gathered to consider the question of how to move online learning beyond being "as good as" traditional education. Before the meeting in Phoenix, participants were asked to think about how information technology can be used specifically to address the major challenges of higher education: improving quality, increasing access, and reducing costs. This paper, like the symposium discussion, is organized as a response to those objectives.
This report can be found at