Postsecondary Education

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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    Commentary

    Making the 'Gap Year' More Inclusive and Purposeful

    High schools and universities should work together, with the support of policymakers, to develop programs that would provide a wider spectrum of U.S. students with the opportunity to take a purposeful gap year—and enter college with some real-world adult experience behind them.

    May 19, 2016

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    Commentary

    European Universities Are Pessimistic About Their Room to Innovate

    Higher education is changing worldwide and European institutions recognise the need to keep up. But are traditional European universities innovating enough to remain competitive?

    May 12, 2016

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    Commentary

    Reframing the 'Free College' Debate

    Free college may make for a terrific sound bite on the campaign trail, but it rings hollow. Framing the future of college as a debate about whether it should be free is a lost opportunity to discuss what's really wrong with higher education in America—and a missed chance to help young Americans regain lost competitiveness in the workforce.

    Apr 14, 2016

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    Research Brief

    Supportive Campus Attitude Toward Mental Health Improves Student Outcomes

    If every California public college student with a current mental health problem or recent mental health-related academic impairment were to study on a campus with a culture supportive of mental wellness, the chances of that student getting the care they need would increase by almost 40 percent.

    Apr 1, 2016

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    2015 Dean's Report: Report to the Board of Governors

    In this report to the Pardee RAND Graduate School Board of Governors, the dean shares news about the 2015 cohort, graduates, alumni, events, dissertation awards, fundraising, curriculum, and more.

    Mar 15, 2016

  • Journal Article

    Journal Article

    Using a Merit-Based Scholarship Program to Increase Rates of College Enrollment in an Urban School District: The Case of the Pittsburgh Promise

    This study assesses whether the introduction of the Pittsburgh Promise scholarship program directly influenced changes in rates of college enrollment among students graduating from Pittsburgh public high schools in years immediately following the launch of the program.

    Dec 28, 2015

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    News Release

    Campus Programs Increase Proportion of California College Students Receiving Mental Health Services, Yielding a ...

    Campus prevention and early intervention programs increased the proportion of California college students receiving mental health services by more than 10 percent. More students will likely graduate, which increases an individual's lifetime earnings and benefits society.

    Dec 10, 2015

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    Report

    Investing in College Student Mental Health Yields Positive Financial Returns

    Campus prevention and early intervention programs increased the proportion of California college students receiving mental health services by more than 10 percent. More students will likely graduate, which increases an individual's lifetime earnings and benefits society.

    Dec 10, 2015

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    Commentary

    Analysing 'High Performance' Research Units in Higher Education

    The characteristics that are central to high performance are people—as in recruiting and retaining the best—and the culture and values within the department, coupled with the leadership displayed.

    Dec 4, 2015

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    Journal Article

    Do Student Loans Delay Marriage?

    The financial weight of monthly student loan repayments reduces the likelihood of marriage in the four years immediately after graduation, but only for women.

    Nov 19, 2015

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    News Release

    People Are Central to High-Performing Research Units at UK Universities

    Researchers identified five key themes associated with high-performance research units in UK higher education institutions: people; culture, values, and leadership; strategy and funding; collaboration and networks; and institutional and departmental practice.

    Nov 17, 2015

  • Journal Article

    Journal Article

    Do Employers Prefer Workers Who Attend For-Profit Colleges? Evidence from a Field Experiment

    This paper reports results from a resume-based field experiment designed to examine employer preferences for job applicants who attended for-profit colleges.

    Nov 10, 2015

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    Report

    Competency-Based Programs Are an Innovative Approach to Higher Education

    Among other benefits, competency-based education programs have the potential to increase the alignment between graduate skills and employer needs, as well as address degree-completion rates by offering new pathways to students.

    Oct 22, 2015

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    Report

    Leveraging Shared Savings to Promote High-Quality, Cost-Effective Higher Education

    This Perspective proposes a new funding model in higher education that leverages the savings generated when institutions increase productivity.

    Oct 22, 2015

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    Commentary

    The Shared Savings Model: An Innovative Way to Attack Rapidly Rising College Costs

    The challenge facing policymakers is how to lessen the college cost pressure felt by families while incentivizing institutions to innovate to reduce cost and improve quality. What if cost savings from increased productivity were quantified and a portion returned to institutions?

    Oct 22, 2015

  • Workers prepare to change drilling pipes on the rotary table of a natural gas rig near Towanda, Pennsylvania, February 3, 2010

    Research Brief

    Aligning Education and Training to Meet Energy Workforce Needs

    Energy-sector employers in West Virginia and southwestern Pennsylvania report having difficulty filling semiskilled jobs. And the sector's technology is changing quickly. How can the region's leaders improve the workforce-development pipeline?

    Aug 31, 2015

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    Report

    Energy-Sector Workforce Development in West Virginia

    The production of natural gas and gas liquids from shale in West Virginia has increased demand for workers. Ten action items can help the Community and Technical College System of West Virginia and other stakeholders support a well-aligned and coherent workforce-development pipeline.

    Aug 31, 2015

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    Report

    Energy-Sector Workforce Development in Southwestern Pennsylvania

    Technological innovations in the energy sector have increased demand for semiskilled labor in southwestern Pennsylvania. How can postsecondary educational and training programs adapt to the evolving skills demand?

    Aug 31, 2015

  • U.S. Army Forces Command hosts academic dialogue with strategic studies Ph.D. candidates

    Commentary

    Political Scientists and the Military

    For civilian academics interested in bridging the political science–military gap, five recommendations to acquire basic information about the military could encourage improved interaction, better policy-relevant scholarship, and an enhanced policy process.

    Aug 10, 2015

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    Commentary

    What's Next for REF?

    In 2014, the research of 154 UK universities was evaluated, accounting for the efforts of 52,061 academic staff members. For the first time, the impact that the research had on wider society was part of the assessment. As we approach the next assessment period, there is opportunity for discussion to tweak and refine future measures of impact.

    Jul 8, 2015