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Prepared for the Achieving the Dream national initiative, this report identifies essential features of a system to measure the performance of state community colleges.  It also describes the essential features of state data systems to support performance measurement.

2007
Susan Goldberger
Jobs for the Future

This report recommends a set of common metrics that states should use to improve the completion rates and efficiency of public higher education systems.  These common metrics were developed by a Work Group on Common College Completion Metrics, convened by the National Governors Association, which sought to develop common standards for public higher education that states should use to monitor system performance and inform future policy decisions.

2010
Ryan Reyna
National Governors Association Center for Best Practices

Community colleges can increase student success by using placement procedures to assess the academic skills of entering students so they are placed in appropriate courses. This policy brief describes the experiences of three states as they revised their placement assessment policies.

2008
Michael Lawrence Collins
Achieving the Dream and Jobs for the Future

This issue brief describes how the 15 states participating in the Achieving the Dream initiative have concentrated their policy efforts on four key areas: Preventative Strategies, Assessment and Placement, Implementation and Evaluation of Program Innovation, and Performance Measurement and Incentives.

2009
Michael Lawrence Collins
Jobs for the Future

This Policy Brief examines the major assessments in use today to measure adult learning gains and determine student placements – e.g., BEST, CASAS, TABE, COMPASS, ASSET, and ACCUPLACER – in terms of their uses and how they well they align with postsecondary education entry requirements. Special attention is given to the GED. The authors identify several problems and challenges as well as recommendations to resolve them.

2007
Daryl F. Mellard and Gretchen Anderson
Division of Adult Studies, Center for Research on Learning, University of Kansas.

This study focuses on Prior Learning Assessment (PLA), as an important but often overlooked strategy for helping adults progress towards a degree. PLA is the process by which many colleges evaluate, for academic credit, the college-level knowledge and skills an individual has gained outside of the classroom (or from non-college instructional programs).

2010
Council on Adult and Experiential Learning
Council on Adult and Experiential Learning