Research Update: February 22, 2012

NACAC Research

Reminder: 2011 Admission Trends Survey and Conference Registration Giveaway

NACAC is providing a second opportunity to complete the 2011 Admission Trends Survey. An email invitation was sent to Principal Representatives at member four-year institutions on February 14. All respondents that complete the survey before the Wednesday, March 14 deadline will be entered into a drawing to win one free registration for NACAC’s National Conference in Denver (CO). If you have any questions about the survey or are unsure whether your institution has already participated, please contact Melissa Clinedinst, NACAC’s assistant director of research.

NACAC Technology Survey
NACAC is surveying members to help assess current technology services. An email invitation was sent to all NACAC members. The deadline to complete the survey is Wednesday, February 29. All respondents will be entered into a drawing to win a Nook Color ™ e-reader. Please contact NACAC with any questions regarding the technology survey.
 

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Federal Advisory Committee Examines Nontraditional Student Degree Completion
The Federal Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance released a report to the US Congress and Secretary of Education summarizing their panel discussion about policy options for improving degree completion among nontraditional students. According to the report, nontraditional students face a huge variety of barriers to degree completion that need to be addressed through partnerships between federal government, state government, institutions and the private sector. The Committee convened a panel of leaders in the higher education field who discussed many ways in which policymakers can begin to build quality educational opportunities for nontraditional students. Suggestions from the panel included: improved data collection to better understand the characteristics, educational trends and unique obstacles of nontraditional students; clearly defined outcome goals for nontraditional students; targeted financial aid to reach those students with specific financial need; more robust systems of information and guidance to inform students about nontraditional programs and help them find the best fit; better articulation and transfer policies to encourage degree completion; and multiple education entry and exit points as well as more flexible degree programs. Read the full report for a deeper explanation of current practices and ideas for future policy changes.    
AP Participation Expands, But Minorities Still Underrepresented
According to the College Board’s 8th Annual AP Report to the Nation, the number of 2011 high school graduates who participated in an Advanced Placement (AP) program was larger compared to the class of 2010 in all but four states. Of all public high school graduates in 2011, 18.1 percent earned at least one AP exam score of 3 or higher (typically the requirement to earn college credit). However, 12.1 percent of 2011 graduates participated, but did not earn a 3 or higher on an AP exam. Using PSAT data, the College Board estimated that 478,000 students who demonstrated high academic ability and likelihood of AP success did not take an AP exam. Indian/Alaskan Native, African American and Latino students were much more likely to be in this qualified but non-exam-taking group compared to their white and Asian peers. Although the number of these traditionally underserved minority students taking and succeeding in AP exams increased for the class of 2011, they are still underrepresented compared to the total high school student population. The full report contains more information about AP performance in individual states.

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