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Access and Excellence Initiative:
Strengthening PolicyMaking 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 to achieve the collaboration and “buy-in” essential for improving policy development, decision-making, and implementation.

  • Both the expansion of our collective higher education knowledge and increased policy collaboration require new skills and forms of professional development for those engaged in policy making and implementation.

With support from the Lumina Foundation for Education and working in close collaboration with other organizations, SHEEO’s Access and Excellence Initiative will:

  1. Organize working groups (to be formed beginning early in 2006) to develop a set of policy indicators and measures (and a broader on-line catalog of policy resources and tools) across the following core components of higher education policy:
    • student preparation, participation, progress, and outcomes; workforce needs, economic development, research, and community needs; and
    • resources, costs, affordability, and returns on public and private investment
  2. Develop a useful and adaptable “framework” to integrate core policy indicators and relevant contextual information into a state postsecondary education “policy profile,” to be field tested and disseminated widely through state visits and supported through website resources.
  3. Promote the adoption, capacity building, and professional development necessary to foster effective and collaborative use of these resources by SHEEO agencies and others involved in state higher education policy.

VIEW THE 2-PAGE INTRODUCTION TO THIS INITIATIVE
VIEW THE STRATEGIC PLANNING OVERVIEW ON THIS INITIATIVE
VIEW THE MARCH 2006 UPDATE OF THE PROJECT PLANS