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From community college courses to doctoral programs, postsecondary education encompasses all forms of schooling after completion of high school or its equivalent. RAND's research on postsecondary education programs and institutions throughout the world has been influential; research in Qatar, for instance, led to reform of the National University and a realignment of postsecondary education to societal needs.

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    Report

    California Colleges and Universities Collaborate to Support Student Mental Health

    Report evaluates the development, quality, and effectiveness of collaboration activities among California Student Mental Health program partners in higher education.

    May 27, 2014

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    Report

    Advancing Technical and Vocational Education and Training in Kurdistan

    As the Kurdistan Region of Iraq develops rapidly, gaps have surfaced between the education and skills necessary for emerging jobs and those that employers perceive in local graduates. However, policymakers can respond in the short, medium, and long terms by implementing a number of new measures, particularly at the secondary level.

    Apr 24, 2014

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    Commentary

    Four Issues That RUSA's Plans for Research Universities Ought To Address

    The Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan, or National Higher Education Mission, is the key implementing initiative of the Indian government's 12th Five Year Plan for higher education. It promotes three policy priorities in higher education — equity, expansion, and excellence.

    Mar 18, 2014

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    Dissertation

    Three Essays on Education Policy: Empirical Analyses of the Challenges and Opportunities with For-Profit Colleges, Military Enlistment and Immigration

    Examines the educational outcomes of for-profit college students, military enlistees and immigrant youth.

    Feb 27, 2014

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    Commentary

    India Embraces MOOCs, but What If It Is a 'Lousy Product'?

    One hundred engineering colleges around India will rely heavily on virtual instruction under a new program. Given the amount India is investing, it is important to make the best possible use of the complex and evolving Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) model.

    Jan 8, 2014

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    Journal Article

    University R&D Funding Strategies in a Changing Federal Funding Environment

    This paper evaluates how changes in US National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding levels affected US universities' total biomedical R&D efforts, over a period of dramatic change in the federal funding environment.

    Jan 1, 2014

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    Journal Article

    Bring the World to California

    This article argues that California colleges and universities should make a concerted effort to work together to attract more foreign students by forming education hubs.

    Jan 1, 2014

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    Commentary

    Comparing Higher Education Entrance Qualifications Across Europe

    Given the opportunities for mobility of students and graduates across Europe, there is a need to understand how each country's higher education admission requirements compare, and to consider the long-term effects of those requirements on the skills, innovativeness, and resilience of Europe's workforce, says Cecile Hoareau McGrath.

    Nov 27, 2013

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    Commentary

    Making Colleges More Affordable

    President Obama has released a plan to make colleges more affordable for the middle class. The plan calls for linking federal student aid to college performance, capping student loans at 10% of income, and incentivizing innovative instructional approaches to cut costs and improve quality.

    Aug 26, 2013

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    National Intelligence University's Role in Interagency Research: Recommendations from the Intelligence Community

    To help the Center for Strategic Intelligence Research (CSIR) of the National Intelligence University (NIU) better identify collaborative research opportunities, topics, and processes with Intelligence Community research entities, this study details the results of interviews about these research entities, their responsibilities, and their willingness to support interagency research with NIU.

    Aug 15, 2013

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    News Release

    India's Rapidly Expanding Higher Education System Could Be Improved by Linking Education Quality to Funding

    India's higher education system faces challenges from underprepared faculty, unwieldy governance, and other obstacles to innovation and improvement. Instituting policies that link funding to quality could hold schools accountable for their performance, encourage greater innovation, and further the nation's education goals.

    Jul 23, 2013

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    Report

    Linking Funding and Quality to Improve Higher Education in India

    India's higher education system faces challenges from underprepared faculty, unwieldy governance, and other obstacles to innovation and improvement. Instituting policies that link funding to quality could hold schools accountable for their performance, encourage greater innovation, and further the nation's education goals.

    Jul 23, 2013

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    Research Brief

    Linking Funding and Quality to Improve Higher Education in India

    RAND researchers developed a course of action to help India implement policies and reforms that link higher education quality to funding to increase accountability, encourage greater innovation, and contribute to national goals.

    Jul 23, 2013

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    Commentary

    The Cost of Higher Education: The Big Picture

    According to Secretary of Education Arnie Duncan, tuition is becoming less affordable because institutions are not performance-oriented and thus do not use their funding wisely. But would a more efficient system really bring measurable reductions in tuition costs?

    Jul 12, 2013

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    Solution

    Assessing and Articulating the Wider Benefits of Research

    In times of austerity, when every budget is being cut or under close scrutiny, higher education institutions are being asked to prove that their research programmes are valuable to society. RAND's Impact Finder helps to measure the benefits and impacts of research for the broader population.

    Jun 20, 2013

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    Commentary

    Increase Funds for Quality

    In India, perhaps if the funds that are needed are put in with the help of philanthropists like Shiv Nadar, Azim Premji or Rajendra Pawar, it may be possible to build world class universities, writes Rafiq Dossani.

    Apr 15, 2013

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    Report

    Second-Language Skills for All? Analyzing a Proposed Language Requirement for U.S. Air Force Officers

    A survey of Air Force officers suggests that it would not be feasible to require a high level of proficiency in a second language upon commissioning. Alternatives, such as incentivizing steps toward attaining proficiency, are suggested.

    Dec 19, 2012

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    Journal Article

    Developing a Higher Education Ranking System for Abu Dhabi

    We document the development of Abu Dhabi's first standardized higher education ranking and benchmarking system, covering 17 institutions by broad academic field.

    Oct 1, 2012

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    Journal Article

    Measuring Value-Added in Higher Education: A Practical Guide for Policymakers

    An rapidly developing outcomes-based culture among policymakers in the higher education sector recognizes the need for measures of value-added to capture the effect of institutions on their students—and the power these measures can have in incentivizing better performance.

    Sep 1, 2012

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    News Release

    World Bank President Urges Graduates to Put Ideas Into Action

    Today's public policymakers have a unique opportunity to shape the future, but only if they focus on putting ideas into action and "get stuff done," said Robert B. Zoellick, the 11th president of the World Bank Group, at the Pardee RAND Graduate School commencement on June 23, 2012.

    Jun 28, 2012