ASA Research is pleased to announce that we have been selected by the National Education Association (NEA) to support their higher education research efforts. As the research partner, ASA will develop and provide analysis and tools on topics surrounding issues related to higher education such as faculty and staff salaries, institution finance, working conditions, and state budgeting and finance. ASA Partner Sue Clery has provided content for NEA’s Almanac of Higher Education for over 20 years.
Through our partnership with JFF’s Student Success Center Network, ASA conducted a workshop for the NC Center in October. The workshop was designed to help college teams to develop a data plan that actively supports decision-making and planning regarding their college’s student success initiatives. ASA created a toolkit for the workshop participants that contains assessments, templates, illustrations and guides to help college teams develop their data plan. The workshop topics included discussion around the following:
ASA Research is pleased to announce that we are partnering with Jobs for the Future to help Student Success Centers (SSCs) and their colleges strategically use data to drive change. As the data partner, ASA will develop and provide: 1) tools and guides to support institutions’ student success related data work; 2) workshops and trainings regarding the strategic use of data to support student success initiatives; and 3) customized services to states, including research and consultation services for Centers.
ASA-developed tools to support the SSCs can be used during a facilitated webinar or workshop, or they can be provided to institutions for their own use. ASA’s tools support four phases of strategic data planning and use:
ASA will offer a series of training workshops and webinars. Each workshop or webinar, customized to the participants’ needs, focuses on a phase of the strategic data planning process and the use of data to support student success initiatives. ASA-developed tools will be used during the workshop, along with practical examples.
ASA will also provide ad hoc research consultation to SSCs, including services such as:
More information on JFF’s Student Success Centers can be found at: https://www.jff.org/what-we-do/impact-stories/student-success-center-network/
ASA Research is pleased to announce that the National College Access Network (NCAN) has selected ASA as the evaluator for the 2018-2019 FAFSA Completion Challenge, funded by The Kresge Foundation and Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates. NCAN has selected 25 U.S. cities to participate in the grant, and challenges each of the grant recipients to increase their FAFSA completion rates by at least 5 percentage points for the graduating high school class of 2019.
As the project evaluator, ASA will conduct a formative assessment of all sites using qualitative data collected through site visits, focus groups and surveys to identify promising implementation practices and potential challenges. ASA will also conduct a quantitative analysis of changes in FAFSA completion rates over the year of the grant, and to the extent possible, examine for closure of equity gaps. ASA will highlight five high performing sites through in-depth case studies, and will provide recommendations for replication based on findings through reports and blog postings.
In an effort to address equity gaps, this Challenge specifically focuses on cities with current FAFSA completion rates below the national average. The 2018-19 competition builds on the success of the original Kresge-funded 2016-17 FAFSA Completion Challenge. NCAN will award a $100,000 grand prize in September 2019 at its national conference in Indianapolis to one city based on a holistic review of the percentage growth in completions, adoption of effective strategies, barriers overcome, and likelihood of sustainability.
ASA Partner Sue Clery analyzed institutional revenues and expenditures by public colleges and universities to investigate why students are paying more for tuition, and found a clear shift away from instruction toward administration. See page 15 of the September NEA Advocate for a detailed infographic.
ASA founding partner Sue Clery co-authored a chapter in the Spring 2018 volume of New Directions for Community Colleges. Entitled “Lessons Learned from Developmental Education Data,” the chapter identifies some of the challenges surrounding data collection and analysis regarding development students, including testing and identifying academic needs, placement determination, and measuring student outcomes.
Sue Clery authored “Faculty Salaries: 2016–17” in the National Education Association’s 2018 Almanac of Higher Education, where she delineates the most recent changes in faculty salaries. She finds that faculty purchasing power showed a slight one-year increase in 2016–17, but recovered to a level higher than that prior to 2007–08, the high before the financial crisis. Although women faculty, on average, continue to earn less than men, some women fare well when salaries are compared within rank and sector. In public institutions, faculty with collective bargaining agreements earn more than faculty at institutions without such agreements, and the gap is more pronounced at community colleges. The share of faculty with tenure has declined over the past two decades, with the largest declines occurring between 1997–98 and 2007–08, yet over the most recent 10 years the declines have slowed or leveled off in some sectors.