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Report to the Board of Higher Education | March 16, 2010. The Vision Project A Public Agenda for Higher Education in the Commonwealth. The Vision Project. Goals. The Vision Project seeks to: Articulate the most important contributions of public higher education to the Commonwealth

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The Vision Project

Goals

  • The Vision Project seeks to:
    • Articulate the most important contributions of public higher education to the Commonwealth
    • Engage all public campuses in achieving these contributions
    • Hold public higher education accountable for a high level of achievement in this work
    • Generate greater appreciation of and support for public higher education

In sum, the goal of the Vision Project is to demonstrate that public higher education can act in a unified and focused way to ensure the future well-being of the Commonwealth and that we are ready to hold ourselves accountable for results to the people of the state.

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The Vision Project

Background: Why the Vision Project?

  • State Context
    • Weak public perceptions of importance/contributions of public higher education
    • History of modest financial support for our public campuses
  • National Context
    • Concern that US is losing ground in competitiveness
    • Calls for more accountability; Opportunities for support
  • Responsibility of BHE to set overall directions for public higher education
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The Vision Project

Background: History of Vision Project

  • Secretary’s Retreat: August 2009
  • BHE Retreat: September 2009
  • Initial BHE Meeting Discussion: October 2009
  • Purpose of Today’s Presentation
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The Vision Project

Structure of Presentation

  • Progress Since OctoberRichard Freeland, Commissioner
  • The MetricsJonathan Keller, Associate Commissioner for Research, Planning, and Information Systems
  • Strategic DirectionsAundrea Kelley, Deputy Commissioner for P-16 Policy and Collaborative InitiativesFrancesca Purcell, Associate Commissioner for Academic and P-16 PolicyDavid McCauley, Deputy Commissioner for Workforce Development Patricia Crosson, Senior Policy Advisor
  • Institutional Perspectives

John Sbrega, on behalf of Community CollegesRichard Gurnon, on behalf of State CollegesMarcellette Williams, on behalf of University of Massachusetts

  • Wrap-up and Next StepsRichard Freeland, Commissioner
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The Vision Project

Activities Since October 2009

  • Work with college presidents to shape/refine project
  • Forging a partnership with UMass
  • Outreach to other stakeholders
    • Campus leaders: Faculty union leaders, institutional research professionals
    • Government leaders: Executive branch, Legislature, U.S. DOE
    • Civic leaders: Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education, Boston Chamber, MassINC
    • Private higher education: AICUM
  • Organizing DHE to support project
  • Fundraising activities
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The Vision Project

The Vision

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We will produce the best-educated citizenry and workforce in the nation.

We will be a national leader in research that drives economic development.

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The Vision Project

Key Outcomes

  • National Leadership in Education
    • College-going rates of high school graduates
    • Graduation and student success rates
    • Alignment of degree production with key areas of workforce need
    • Academic achievements on campus-level and national assessments of learning
    • Comparable learning outcomes among different ethnic/racial, economic and gender groups
  • National Leadership in Research
    • Level of research expenditures
    • Level of licensing income
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The Vision Project

Other Elements of Vision Project

  • Metrics
  • Annual report to the Commonwealth
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Outcome Metrics

Jonathan Keller

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The Vision Project: Outcome #1 Metrics

College-Going Rates of HS Graduates

  • Percent of 18- to 24-year-olds enrolled in college by race, with multi-state comparisons
    • Source: National Center for Higher Education Management Systems
  • Ratio of MA residents attending college out of state to non-residents attending college in MA (“net migration”), with multi-state comparisons
    • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Data System
  • College enrollment of MA public high school graduates by race, gender, income level, in state/out-of-state and public/private college
    • Source: MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
  • College-level assessment scores of recent high school graduates enrolling in public higher education
    • Source: DHE
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The Vision Project: Outcome #2 Metrics

Graduation and Student Success Rates

  • State Colleges/University
    • Six-year state college/university graduation rates from initial institution by race and gender, with multi-state comparisons
      • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Data System
    • Six-year state college/university graduation rates from any institution in the system, state or anywhere in the United States
      • Source: DHE
  • Community Colleges
    • Current national standard measure of 150% time completion rates for degrees/certificates for community colleges by race and gender, with multi-state comparisons
      • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Data System
    • More inclusive “student success” rates using “Maryland Model” and “Achieving the Dream”, both of which include transfer and “still-enrolled” data, with some multi-state comparisons
      • Source: DHE and Jobs for the Future
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The Vision Project: Outcome #3 Metrics

Production of Graduates in Key Areas of Workforce Need

  • Number/share of degrees produced in business, education, health, STEM and other key occupational areas with national comparisons
    • Source: IPEDS, Donahue Institute
  • Number/share of degrees conferred in key occupational areas compared to forecasted growth in Massachusetts
    • Source: IPEDS/ Commonwealth Corporation
  • Student persistence and degree completion in business, education, health and STEM fields, by race and gender
    • Source: DHE
  • Number and percent of graduates employed, and/or continuing their educations in Massachusetts
    • Source: A system-wide measure is not currently available, but the DHE is endeavoring to collaborate with the Department of Revenue to merge relevant data in fulfillment of this important indicator.
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The Vision Project: Outcome #4 Metrics

Academic Achievements on Assessments of Learning

  • Pass rates on a broad range of professional licensure tests, i.e., MTEL, CPA, NCLEX and other allied health licensures, with multi-state comparisons
    • Source: Appropriate licensure and testing agencies
  • Pass rates on a broad range of graduate school entrance examinations, i.e., GRE, MAT, MCAT and LSAT, with multi-state comparisons
    • Source: Appropriate licensure and testing agencies

A working group on student learning outcomes and assessments is examining potential assessments of student learning that allow for comparability with peers in other states. Where possible, assessment results will be presented by race, gender and major.

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Strategic Directions

Aundrea Kelley, Francesca Purcell, David McCauley, Patricia Crosson

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The Vision Project: Strategic Directions

College-Going Rates of HS Graduates

  • Goal: College Participation
    • Increase the proportion of recent high school graduates enrolling in college with comparable rates among different groups
  • Current Status
    • Determination of metrics
  • Future Activity
    • Review data with study group
    • Prioritize issues that emerge from data analysis
    • Recommend strategies to address priorities
    • Share best practices
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The Vision Project: Strategic Directions

College-Going Rates of HS Graduates

  • Goal: College Readiness
    • Increase the proportion of students who begin college coursework without the need for remediation and with comparable rates among different groups
  • Current Status
    • Cross-agency workgroup; priority recommendations
  • Future Activity
    • Revive school-to-college data reporting
    • Refine and communicate college readiness definition and agenda
    • Advance school to college curricular alignment
    • Incentivize rigorous course taking in high school
    • Expand early college opportunities
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The Vision Project: Strategic Directions

Graduation and Student Success Rates

  • Goal
    • More students graduating more efficiently while also closing attainment gaps for traditionally underserved populations, without compromising academic standards.
  • Current Status
    • Campus efforts
    • Statewide policy and practices
  • Future Activity
    • Support effective campus and statewide work
    • Reform existing or identify new state-level policies and practices
    • Review annual graduation and student success goals
    • Leverage participation in national initiatives for direction and support
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The Vision Project: Strategic Directions

Production of Graduates in Key Areas of Workforce Need

Goal

  • Increase production of graduates in high-demand fields such as STEM and allied health

Current Status

  • Expand higher education/employer statewide partnerships in STEM and health that incorporate best practices and national trends
  • Promote higher education and workforce/economic development regional collaborations
  • Engage with state agencies and workforce/employer stakeholders to align policies, resources and data
  • Develop “shared risk” approaches for workforce partnerships
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The Vision Project: Strategic Directions

Production of Graduates in Key Areas of Workforce Need

Future Activity

  • Form a state-level permanent structure of higher education/employer/ government stakeholders to clarify core, stable workforce needs
  • Identify number and fields of degrees needed to meet historical and projected shortages
  • Implement tested, scaled-up strategies to increase the participation of minority and under-represented groups in high-growth professions
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The Vision Project: Strategic Directions

Academic Achievements on Assessments of Learning

Goal: Work with campuses to:

  • Support strong campus-based, faculty-led programs of learning outcomes assessment that result in program improvement
  • Review, modify, or reaffirm DHE policies and practices that ensure the continued excellence of campus programs and effective accreditation relationships with NEASC
  • Examine approaches that result in comparable learning achievements among students of different race/ethnicity, gender, and socio-economic status
  • Identify and implement metrics that allow colleges and the DHE to compare student learning, by segment, with peer institutions and other states
  • Identify and implement metrics that allow for public accountability
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The Vision Project: Strategic Directions

Academic Achievements on Assessments of Learning

Current Status

  • Two metrics identified:
    • Pass rates on a broad range of professional licensure tests
    • Pass rates on a broad range of graduate school entrance examinations
  • The challenges of evidence-based learning assessment in higher education:
    • Lack of agreement about best measures
    • No “one size fits all” solutions
    • Tension between assessment for improvement and assessment for accountability
    • Early stage of national effort to build comparability across campuses, states and nations
    • Different approaches to public accountability
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The Vision Project: Strategic Directions

Academic Achievements on Assessments of Learning

Current Status

  • Working Group on Student Learning Outcomes and Assessment
    • Phase 1: Focus on campus-based programs
      • Review literature and national best practice on learning outcomes, assessment measures, organizational arrangements
      • Survey and review of campus programs
      • Review of CAGUE Report and President’s Comments on CAGUE
      • Report to Commissioner by end of May 2010
    • Phase 2: Focus on state-level policy and practices
      • Review literature and best practice for state system activity
      • Review assessment approaches and metrics that allow for comparability and public accountability
      • Report to Commissioner by end of December 2010
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The Vision Project: Strategic Directions

Academic Achievements on Assessments of Learning

Future Activity

  • Will be planned as result of reports from Working Group on Student Learning Outcomes and Assessment but will probably include:
    • Ongoing mechanisms for DHE/campus/NEASC collaborations
    • Ongoing implementation activities including efforts to find financial support for best practice initiatives
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Institutional Perspectives

John Sbrega, Richard Gurnon, Marcellette Williams

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