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SHEEO's new Policy Analysis Data Charting Tools
by HCM Strategists, LLC for SHEEO, February 2012
In cooperation with HCM Strategists, SHEEO has provided these new interactive charting data tools in order to assist policy stakeholders.

Webinar providing an overview of the new data tools.

Pell Grants Awards Data Tool for FY 2001-2010

Fall Staffing Data Tool for a Staff to Student Ratio at Public Colleges and Universities, 2003-2009

Academic Research Expenditures Tool for FY 2000-2009

Pell Grant Recipients Data Tool for FY 2001-2010

Fall Student Enrollment by Carnegie Class Data Tool for 2000-2010

Fall Student Enrollment Data Tool for 2000-2010

Completions Data Tool for Degrees Awarded, 2001-2010

Evaluation of SHEEO’s State Policy Resource Connections (SPRC) Initiative
by Ann Daley Ryherd, November 2011
With the assistance of the Lumina Foundation, the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) staff has been working to develop a broad, up-to-date database of policy relevant information for the states and to create analytical studies to help state leaders identify priorities and practices for improving policies and performance across the higher education landscape.

The project is entitled State Policy Resource Connections (SPRC). Its stated objective is to provide SHEEOs with rapid, easy access to policy relevant data, and to create analytical studies to help state leaders identify priorities and develop strategies for improving policies and performance.

The project resulted in a data warehouse built through Microsoft SQL Server, which allowed for streamlined uploading, cleaning and organizing IPEDS data sets from eight institutional surveys (Completions, Enrollment, Employees, Fall Staffing, Finance, Financial Aid, Graduation Rates, and Institutional Characteristics) for the past ten years. Four analytical reports were prepared and distributed based on the direction framed by the SPRC Board of Advisors. Each report included a national overview (publicly released) and state-specific institutional profiles (released to the respective state’s SHEEO).

This report summarizes the findings and recommendations from a formal evaluation of the states’ responses to the project and the analytical reports described in this evaluation.
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Degree Production Trends by Program Area: A National Analysis 2004-2009
SHEEO Staff, August 2011
The national imperative for increased postsecondary level completions has never been clearer. In order to remain competitive in an ever-changing global market, the United States must produce an educated workforce; one that is ready to lead and inspire a 21st century economy.

Recognizing this urgency, the President, several foundations, policy organizations, and states recently set bold college completion goals:

• President Obama called for the U.S. to be first in the world again in college attainment by 2020.

• Lumina Foundation for Education set a national goal for 60 percent of Americans to have a high-quality degree or credential by 2025.

• The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation aims to double the number of low-income adults who earn a postsecondary degree or credential with genuine value in the marketplace by age 26.

• Complete College America, along with their Alliance of 24 states, set a national goal that six out of 10 young adults in the U.S. will have a college degree or credential of value by 2020.

Since last year, the State Higher Education Executive Officers have added to the public dialogue with the release of a series of reports, including trends in national degree production and costs related to postsecondary completions and sub-baccalaureate certificate and degree growth. This report is a follow-up to Degree Production and Cost Trends: A National Analysis, released in August 2010.
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Staffing Trends in Public Colleges and Universities
Katie Zaback and SHEEO Staff, May, 2011
Staffing makes up a large portion of budgets at all institutions of higher education and high quality staff is an essential component of quality education. Given the current context, it is important for systems and institutions to understand current staffing patterns so they can make informed decisions for efficient resource allocation. Current literature in higher education that examines staffing patterns focuses on the distribution of full-time and part-time instructional staff and the composition of staff types (or roles) at colleges and universities. This analysis examines trends in both these areas over time and by Carnegie classification for public colleges and universities.
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Certificate Production and the Race toward Higher Degree Attainment
SHEEO Staff, December 2010
Since the current economic recession began, the national dialogue on degree production and accountability has accelerated. The conversation is fueled by a national imperative for robust postsecondary degree production in order to remain globally competitive. In order to track the progress made by states and their postsecondary institutions, the State Higher Education Executive Officers released the Degree Production and Cost Trends report, in August 2010, as the first part in a series examining degree and completion production and related education expenses.

Complete College America and FutureWorks conducted an analysis of certificate production, the value of the certificate program, and the economic benefit it provides to the region and nation. The conclusion, based on labor market demand and both personal and economic returns, is that certificates count and the policy and trends around certificates deserve closer examination.

The following report is a follow-up that focuses on certificate production across the states and serves to answer some of the important questions raised in the first iteration:
• What trends can we observe in certificate production?
• Are there different state factors driving results?
• What are the policy implications of a state’s certificate production?

To answer these questions, this analysis presents an overview of certificate production in the United States, the types of certificates driving production, and a comparison to overall
completion production in the states. The overall goal of this report is to create a context for state policy discussion and stimulate challenging questions about completion data and certificate production.
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Four-State Cost Study
by Sharmila Basu Conger, Allison C. Bell and Jeff Stanley, September 2010
As part of Lumina Foundation’s state productivity initiative in higher education, the State Higher
Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) hosted a discussion of state level higher education cost studies in
May 2008. After subsequent conversations with Jane Wellman, Executive Director of the Delta Cost
Project, and SHEEO representatives from four states with substantial cost study data over many years
(Florida, Illinois, New York-SUNY, and Ohio), a “meta-analysis” of data from those four states was
launched to explore some fundamental issues:
• By how much do costs vary among disciplines, levels of instruction, and types of institution?  
• Are these differences stable over time, or have they changed?
• Are these differences consistent among the four states?
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Degree Production and Cost Trends Report
August, 2010
The international imperative for postsecondary education is growing, and the push for state and national action is acute. To remain globally competitive, the United States must expedite efforts to further develop a well educated citizenry. In an effort to provide a context for state policymakers and institutional leaders, this report presents an overview and analysis of trends in degree and completion production, cost per degree and completion, and enrollment in public higher education. This report is the first in a series aimed at providing information to states that will help identify pertinent issues, challenges, and opportunities related to degree productivity.
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