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Author(s):State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO)
Title:Second to none in attainment, discovery, and innovation: The national agenda for higher education
Organization:State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO)
Short Description:This open letter to the 2008 presidential candidates outlines the importance of higher education, examines the status of the U.S. higher education system compared to the rest of the world, and proposes a goal of producing at least one million more degree or certficate holders each year.
Annotation:This open letter to the 2008 presidential candidates outlines the importance of higher education, examines the status of the U.S. higher education system compared to the rest of the world, and proposes a goal of producing at least one million more degree or certficate holders each year. The paper asserts that the fastest, most effective way to generate one million more degrees per year is to focus policies and resources on the students who are not now succeeding in our colleges and universities. These students generally are low-income, first-generation, and/or working adults of all ethnic groups. Because of their low rates of participation and success, low-income college students are much less likely to earn a college degree than similarly qualified higher-income students.
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Affordability, Tuition and College Costs
College Access
Educational Attainment/College Degree Completion
Employment and Workforce Development
Financial Aid
First Generation College Students
International Perspectives
Low-Income Students
National Perspectives
Social and Economic Benefits/Economic Development

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2008-09 EFC (Expected Family Contribution) Formula Guide
Low-income students and college success: More than money
Baltimore city's high school reform initiative: Schools, students, and outcomes
Black college dollars: 2007-2008 Directory of scholarships for African-American students
Community college fast facts
Enhancing student services at Lorain County Community College: Early results from the Opening the Doors demonstration in Ohio
Frequently asked questions about college access and success
Gates Millennium Scholars Scholarships
Research brief: Practices that support data use in urban high schools
The learning communities demonstration: Rationale, sites, and research design
Strengthening state policies to increase the education and skills of low-wage workers
Survey of Entering Student Engagement (SENSE)
What is Known About the Impact of Financial Aid? Implications for Policy
Trends in student aid 2008
NASFAA's cash for college
Rising Tuition and Enrollment in Public Higher Education
How much are college students borrowing?
How America pays for college 2009: A national study by Gallup and Sallie Mae
Stronger department of education oversight needed to help ensure only eligible students receive federal student aid
2007-08 National postsecondary student aid study (NPSAS:08): Student financial aid estimates for 2007-08
2010 Tuition Fees and Financial Aid Report
Dollars for degrees: Financial aid and its impact on post-secondary degree completion in Texas
Promoting Full-Time Attendance Among Adults in Community College
Unauthorized Alien Students, Higher Education, and In-State Tuition Rates: A Legal Analysis
Economic Returns to Education: What We Know, What We Don’t Know, and Where We Are Going – Some Brief Pointers
What We Must Do To Create a System That Prepares Students for College Success
Access and persistence: Fall 2009
Trends in college pricing 2009
Financial aid in theory and practice
Providing effective financial aid assistance to students from foster care and unaccompanied homeless youth
Estimating the Social Value of Higher Education: Willingness to Pay for Community and Technical Colleges
Flexible learning options for adult students
Rewriting the Rules of the Game: State Funding, Accountability, and Autonomy in Public Higher Education
Race matters: Unequal opportunities in education
Gap or gaps? Challenging the singular definition of the achievement gap
Leveraging postsecondary partners to build a college-going culture: Tools for high school-postsecondary partnerships
Cherokee Nation Higher Education Scholarship Programs
Scholarships for Minority Accounting Students
Hispanic College Fund
Head Start participants, programs, families, and staff in 2005
Child care assistance in 2004: States have fewer funds for child care
Enhancing student services at Owens Community College: Early results from the Opening Doors demonstration in Ohio
Cashing in or cashing out: Tools for measuring the effectiveness and outcomes of financial aid events
Starfish Initiative: Mentoring application
Project stepping stone: A college preparation program for Hispanic youth
Overlooked gems: A national perspective on low-income promising learners
Financial aid pledges to reduce student debt (list of colleges and universities reducing or eliminating student loans for low-income families)
2007 Survey of parents of college-bound freshman
Ronald E. McNair Postbaccaluareate Achievement Program: 2002-05 facts and figures at a glance
Association of American Indian Affairs (AAIA)
Counselors and Mentors Handbook on Federal Student Aid: A Guide for Those Helping Students Prepare for Postsecondary Education
A profile of the Talent Search program: 1998-99
Examining gaps in mathematics achievement among racial-ethnic groups, 1972-1992
Raising graduation rates in an era of high standards: Five commitments for state action
Consortium on Chicago school research at the University of Chicago
Delta project on postsecondary education costs, productivity, and accountability
The role of student loans in college access
Fifty years after Brown v. Board of Education: A two-tiered education system
Capturing the college potential of students from underserved populations: An analysis of efforts to overcome social and financial barriers to college
How do educators’ cultural belief systems affect underserved students’ pursuit of postsecondary education
Persistence and attainment of beginning students with Pell Grants
Double the numbers: Postsecondary attainment and underrepresented youth
Lumina Foundation focus: Restricted access: The doors to higher education remain closed to many deserving students
Private loans and choice in financing higher education
Foster youth educational attainment: An annotated bibliography of online resources
No merit in these scholarships
35th Annual survey report on state-sponsored student financial aid: 2003-04 Academic year
Student aid and tax benefits: Better research and guidance will facilitate comparison of effectiveness and student use
Student financing of graduate and first professional education: 1999-2000
At what cost? The price that working students pay for a college education
Latino achievement in America
First in the family: Advice about college from first generation students
1992-93 Bachelor's degree recipients and their opinions about education in 2003
Student aid and postsecondary tax preferences: Limited research exists on the effectiveness of tools to assist students and families through Title IV student aid and tax preferences
American student achievement institute
The challenge of scaling up educational reform: Findings and lesson from First Things First
Best practice: Indiana University Bloomington groups program
Workbook of state affordability rates 2004
Net price to family for dependent and independent undergraduate students by institutional type/control and parental income quartiles, 2004
Persistence among first-generation college students in Indiana: The impact of precollege preparation, college experiences, and financial aid
Creating college opportunity for all: Prepared students and affordable colleges
Eliminating complexity and inconsistency in federal financial aid programs for higher education students: Towards a more strategic approach
Beating the odds: A city-by-city analysis of student performance and achievement gaps on state assessments
CPS: A leader in AP growth
The seventh generation: Native students speak about finding the good path
Position paper on the reauthorization of higher education act
Indiana project on academic success: Retention Bibliography
The federal government and the student aid partnership
Yes we can: Telling truths and dispelling myths about race and education in America
Contending with financial inequality
Impact of student aid program design, operations, and marketing on the formation of family college-going plans and resulting college-going behaviors of potential students
Institutional grants and baccalaureate degree attainment
Midwest PERL: Postsecondary education resource library
Twenty-first Century Scholars Program
Education watch Indiana: Key education facts and figures
From cradle to career: Connecting American education from birth through adulthood; California state report
Knocking at the college door: California state report
Gates Millenium Scholars Program
Immigration debate resources
Setting students' sights on college: Chicago public schools
Using EPAS™ to evaluate school-based intervention programs: GEAR UP
Fact book bulletin: Latest data confirms a college affordability gap for students from middle- and lower-income families
Tuition and fees in public higher education in the West
Demography is not destiny: Increasing the graduation rates of low-income college students at large public universities
Rescuing Brown v. Board of Education: Profiles of twelve school districts pursuing socioeconomic school integration
Education a Tu Alcance (Spanish Version)
Forging new partnerships: Adult and developmental education in community colleges
Breaking barriers: A case study of two high performing high schools
Going to the source: A practical way to simplify the FAFSA
Student loan forgiveness programs
Federal student aid need analysis: Background and selected simplification issues
Orange juice or orange drink? Ensuring that "advanced courses" live up to their labels
The UW-Madison sixth annual plan 2008 campus forum
Improving educational opportunties for students who work
Charter high schools: Closing the achievement gap
Graduating with debt: The biggest threat to young American's financial well-being?
Undergraduate students and credit cards 2004: An analysis of usage rates and trends
Opening doors: Support success: Services that may help low-income students succeed in community college
The effects of merit-based financial aid on course enrollment, withdrawal, and completion in college
The feasibility of delivering aid for college through the tax system
How well are states educating our neediest children?: The Fordham report 2006
Richard Stockton College Community of Scholars
National College Access Program Directory
Failing grades? American families and their college savings efforts
Unintended admission consequences of federal aid for homeschoolers
National HIRE network: Resources and assistance: Indiana
Indiana's 2006 graduation rate
Study of the effect of the Talent Search program on secondary and postsecondary outcomes in Florida, Indiana and Texas
Paving the way to postsecondary education: K-12 intervention programs for underrepresented youth
Latinos in graduate education
Latinos in undergraduate education
Money on the table: State initiatives to improve financial aid participation
Serving adult learners in higher education: Principles of effectiveness
Frequently asked questions about college costs
What every student should know about financial aid
Generation broke: The growth of debt among young Americans
Tracking achievement gaps and assessing the impact of NCLB on the gaps
Lumina Foundation for Education: Adult learners
Back to school: Federal student aid policy and adult college enrollment
Funding education beyond high school: The guide to federal student aid 2007-2008
Guia de programas federales de ayuda estudiantil 2007-2008 (The guide to federal student aid)
Reaching Higher: Strategic Directions for Higher Education in Indiana
College Access: Indiana
Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans Website and Secondary School Toolkit - Spanish Version
Using EXPLORE® and PLAN® Data to Evaluate GEAR UP Programs
Low income student scholarships
Ethnic Minority and Women's Enhancement Postgraduate Scholarship for careers in athletics
Project on student debt: State by state data
Trends in student aid 2007
Fighting poverty through incentives and work mandates for young men
How far behind in math and reading are English Language Learners?
Learning in a new key
Financing asset building and financial education programs for youth transitioning out of foster care
The learning season: The untapped power of summer to advance student achievement
Postsecondary success begins with high school preparation
Making college affordable: A work-book on financial aid, loans, and scholarships for college-bound students and their families
Vital voices: Building constituencies for public school reform
Why segregation matters: Poverty and educational inequality
Characteristics of undergraduate borrowers: 1999-2000
NIH loan repayment programs
Reclaiming the American dream
The advanced placement expansion of the '90's: How did traditionally underserved students fare
On the road to college: Developing mobile and regional outreach services
Parent power and urban school reform: The story of Mothers on the Move
Paying for persistence: Early results of a Louisiana scholarship program for low-income parents attending community college
NDSFA: Fundamental assumptions and aims underlying the principles of federal financial aid to students
The growing gap between reality and policy in opportunity in for higher education
The student debt dilemma: Debt aversion as a barrier to college access
Federal student loan debt:1993-2004
College is possible
Financial aid: A shared agenda to achieve access and success for under-served students
Primary progress, secondary challenge
School context, student attitudes and behavior, and student achievement: An exploratory analysis
Increasing the college preparedness of at-risk students
Funding education beyond high school
Trends in postsecondary access and interventions needed
Career advancement for low-income workers through community college and community-based organization partnerships
National association of street schools
Puente Project
Indiana dollars for scholars
Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education
Achievement in America
Foster youth: Funding for college
Postsecondary education opportunity: Indiana state reports
Rural education at a glance
U.S. Department of Education: The Hope Scholarship and Lifetime Learning Credit
Student financing of undergraduate education: 1999-2000
2003 Status report on the federal education loan programs
TRIO Programs
State financial aid: Policies to enhance articulation and transfer
What we know about access and success in postsecondary education: Informing Lumina Foundation's strategic direction
A guide to establishing community-based college access centers
What role can dual enrollment programs play in easing the transition between high school and postsecondary education
All students reaching the top: Strategies for closing academic achievement gaps
Crisis at the core: Preparing all students for college and work
Raising the graduation rates of low-income college students
Knocking at the college door: Projections of high school graduates by state, income, and race/ethnicity
Facts about college access and affordability
White students are racially isolated
Parent expectations and planning for college: Statistical analysis report
Turning around chronically low-performing schools
Grants for Individuals: Minorities
2007-08 Directory of colleges cooperating with the SAT program fee-waiver service
Best Business Schools
Starfish Initiative
Center for native education
Community colleges and rural America: Progress and prospects
Reaching all children? Understanding early care and education participation among immigrant families
Child care and development block grant participation in 2005
Federal education budget project
AMS Scholarships and Fellowships
Development Fund for Black Students in Science and Technology Scholarships
The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
Peace Corps: Programs for graduate students
Wising up: How government can partner with business to increase skills and advance low-wage workers
What are they and how do I use them? Strategies and tools to increase and improve filing of the federal Hope and Lifetime Learning education tax credits by low-income filers
Counting on graduation: An agenda for state leadership
Apply to Succeed: Ensuring community college students benefit from need-based financial aid
From assets to school outcomes: How finances shape children's perceived possibilities and intentions
Paying for college: Distinguishing between cost and price
Student loan forgiveness programs: An evolving workforce development tool
Student Debt and the Class of 2010, November 2011
Unauthorized Alien Students: Issues and “DREAM Act” Legislation
Student debt and the class of 2008
Characteristics of private student loan borrowers who do not use federal education loans
Federal student aid formula: Cost-of-living adjustment could increase aid to a small percentage of students in high-cost areas but could also further complicate aid process
The feasibility of streamlining aid for college through the tax system
Achieving college access goals: The relevance of new media in reaching first-generation and low-income teens
Closing the gap in science achievement: Using NAEP science assessment scores to analyze state trends
Fixing No Child Left Behind
Learning better together: The impact of learning communities on the persistence of low-income students
Setting the record straight: How trendy approaches to college access might or might not be helping low-income students
Girls Going Places Entrepreneurship Award Program
Lloyd M. Johnson, Jr. Scholarship Program
National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) Scholarships
United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Scholarships
Engaged for success: Service-learning as a tool for high school dropout prevention
Top 50 Colleges for African Americans
College Board scholarship search
Their fair share: How Texas-sized gaps in teacher quality shortchange low-income and minority students
The Kalamazoo Promise
Lumina Foundation Lessons: Students aren't just data points, but numbers do count
School strategies and the "college linking" process: Reconsidering the effects of high schools on college enrollment
Engaging faculty and staff: An imperative for fostering retention, advising, and smart borrowing
Actuarial Scholarships for Minority Students
American Indian Scholarships
Scholarships for American Indians
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Programs at higher education institutions for disadvantaged precollege students
What every college access practitioner should know: About sources of funding and other support
Best practices: Resource for TRIO directors
Best practices: TRIO student support programs & Upward Bound
How the borrowing process works
Indiana's guide to paying for college
Education Finance Council (EFC)'s financial literacy homepage
Trends in college pricing 2003
Just and efficient college finance
Annotated list of Pathways research, papers, reports, and other publications by focus area
Indiana’s postsecondary indicators: 2004 performance and descriptive indicators
How is school reform tied to increasing college access and success for low income and minority youth
College students working: The choice nexus
Disconnected youth: Educational pathways to reconnection
Improving lives: State and federal programs for low-income adults
Low-income adults in profile: Improving lives through higher education
The ABC's of early awareness: A resource guide and toolkit for helping students achieve a higher education
A new core curriculum for all: Aiming high for other peoples' children
Add and subtract: Dual enrollment as a state strategy to increase postsecondary success for underrepresented students
Indiana higher education opportunity data book
Add it up: Using research to improve education for low-income and minority students
The mentoring of disadvantaged youth
TRIO Mid-America Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (MAEOPP)
Bridges to success
Knowledge is power program
Beyond the 49th parallel II: The affordability of university education
Academic pathways to access and student success
Access and persistence: Summer 2005
Lumina Foundation focus
The Navigator
Access and persistence: Fall 2005
Trends in college pricing 2005
Trends in student aid 2005
Course corrections: Experts offer solutions to the college cost crisis
Early commitment financial aid programs
Understanding and working with students and adults from poverty
The power to change: High schools that help all students achieve
Unintended consequences of tuition discounting
NDSFA: Recommendations for improving federal aid delivery
Diversity, school, family, and community connections
National Center for College Costs
Enhancing high school reform: Lessons from site visits to four cities
Educational equity center at AED
Segal AmeriCorps Education Award
College access, financial aid, and college success for undergraduates from foster care
National association of state approving agencies
Expanding access and opportunity: The impact of the Gates Millennium Scholars Program
Helping children move from bad schools to good ones
Student financing of undergraduate education 2003-04, with a special analysis of the net price of attendance and federal education tax benefits
Helping families finance college: Improved student loan disclosures and counseling
Improving math performance
Postsecondary education tuition and required fees in Indiana: 2007-09
Afterschool programs as an oasis of hope for black parents in four cities
Evaluation of new century high schools: Profile of an initiative to create and sustain small, successful high schools
Teacher credentials and student achivement in high school: A cross-subject analysis with student fixed effects
Making pre-kindergarten work for low-income working families
Using socioeconomic diversity to improve school outcomes
Purdue opportunity awards program
2005-06 Academic Progress Rate (APR) data for NCAA schools
Diversity workshops: Gender equity--a closer look
Financial aid and scholarship information for undocumented students
Guide for parents: Ten steps to prepare your child for college
Finding the right college for you
Can you spot a scholarship scam? Be a smart consumer
Policy recommendations for reauthorization of NCLB and HEA
The Student Guide
Helping Teens Succeed
Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans Website and Secondary School Toolkit - English
Fund Your Future: Counselors' Guide
The professional mentor program plus: An academic success and retention tool for adult learners
Indiana Mid-America Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (I-MAEOPP)
Condition of education 2002: Special analysis, nontraditional undergraduates
Socioeconomic school integration, Race, class, and integration: Gaining new insights
Economic diversity on campus
The context of "choice" in college pathways
Boosters, brokers, and bridges: Real world ideas for college access programs
Achievement gaps: An examination of differences in student achievement and growth
School readiness: Closing racial and ethnic gaps
Thinking outside the box: Policy strategies for readiness, access, and success
Jonathan Kozol interview transcript: Source material for "Segregation and its Calamitous Effects, America's "Apartheid" Schools"
Parents are too optimistic about scholarships
Credit card ownership and behavior among traditional-age undergraduates, 2003-04
Financial aid, access, and America's social contract with higher education
American Indian Education Foundation: Tools for success scholarship handbook
Coercive mobility and crime: A preliminary examination of concentrated incarceration and social disorganization
High hopes, big debts
Dropout rates in the United States: 2004
Understanding college access for under-represented students: Trends, issues, and strategies
College access marketing campaigns: Influencing college-going behaviors of underrepresented students
The college and financial aid guide for: AB540 undocumented immigrant students