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Author(s):Institute for Higher Education Policy
Title:Impact of college rankings on institutional decision making: Four country case studies
Organization:Institute for Higher Education Policy
Short Description:Based on interviews with key institutional stakeholders in four countries—Australia, Canada, Germany, and Japan— this issue biref examines ranking systems and their impact on the policies and practices at colleges and universities.
Annotation:Based on interviews with key institutional stakeholders in four countries—Australia, Canada, Germany, and Japan— this issue biref examines ranking systems and their impact on the policies and practices at colleges and universities. It also explores the nuances and unique approaches in which rankings could prompt institutions to work in innovative ways.
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Accountability and Productivity (Postsecondary)
College Rankings
Financial Aid, Affordability, Tuition, and Costs
International Perspectives
National Perspectives

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Grandparents investing in grandchildren: The Metlife study on how grandparents share their time, values, and money
Education at a glance 2012: OECD indicators
Review of the effects of school vouchers on college enrollment: Experimental evidence from New York City
College is affordable: A pilot study
One in seven: Ranking youth disconnection in the 25 largest metro areas
Tuition and fees in public higher education in the west: 2012-2013 Detailed tuition and fees table
Accelerating college knowledge: Examining the feasibility of a targeted early commitment Pell Grant program
Financial Aid Shopping Sheet
College rewired: Innovative approaches help higher education connect to productivity
From soldier to student II: Assessing campus programs for veterans and service members
The role of student learning outcomes for institutional accountability and transparency
Employees in postsecondary institutions, fall 2011 and student financial aid, academic year 2010-11 - first look
5 Education factors in focus
What can a multifaceted program do for community college students?
How does institutional grant aid impact college choice?
Leaders & laggards: A state-by-state report card on public postsecondary education
Easing the transition from combat to classroom: Preserving America's investment in higher education for military veterans through institutional assessment
Campaign for the Future of Higher Education
It's a matter of time: Low-income students and community colleges
2012 State of the state addresses: Governors' top education issues
Hard choices ahead: Performance and policy in Texas higher education
Information constraints and financial aid policy
Overcoming obstacles to college attendance and degree completion: Toward a pro-college savings agenda
Innovation at scale: How Virginia community colleges are collaborating to improve developmental education and increase student success
The CollegeKeys Compact: Getting into college: A cross-cohort examination of college preparations by lower-SES students
School counselors literature and landscape review: The state of school counseling in America
Crossing the finish line: A national effort to address near completion
The price of poverty in big time college sport
Advocacy in action toolkit
National postsecondary enrollment trends: Before, during, and after the great recession
The impacts of state performance funding systems on higher education institutions: Research literature review and policy implications
Still on the sidelines: What role will higher education trustees play in higher education reform?
Lifting the fog on inequitable financial aid policies: A companion brief to priced out: How the wrong financial aid policies hurt low-income students
Grapevine, Fiscal Year 2011-12
The role of minority-serving institutions in national college completion goals
Dramatically bringing down the cost of education with OER: How open education resources unlock the door to free learning
Making college more affordable: The president's plan to lower college tuition is a good first step but more can be done
Black male student success in higher education: A report from the national black male college achievement study
US Students in overseas degree programs: Key destinations and fields of study
Unbundling youth, family, and community involvement in college access: On the ground in Austin, Texas
Men of color: Ensuring the academic success of Latinos in higher education
Equity scorecard: A process for building institutional capacity to educate young men of color
The for-profit postsecondary school sector: Nimble critters or agile predators?
Mobility makers
Fall 2011: Estimated headcount enrollment and Pell Grant trends
Challenging success: Can college degree completion be increased as states cut budgets?
Determinants of students' success: The role of advanced placement and dual enrollment programs
Underserved students who earn credit through prior learning assessment have higher degree completion rates and shorter time-to-degree
Education at a glance 2011: OECD indicators
Four steps to finishing first: An agenda for increasing college productivity to create a better educated society
Military service members and veterans: A profile of those enrolled in undergraduate and graduate education in 2007-08
The expansion of private loans in postsecondary education
Strong support, low awareness: Public perception of the common core state standards
Preserving the federal Pell Grant Program
College Search Database.com
Providing effective financial aid assistance to students from foster care and unaccompanied homeless youth: A key to higher education access and success: Version 2.0
Getting ready for college: An implementation and early impacts study of eight Texas developmental summer bridge programs
Tying funding to community college outcomes: Models, tools, and recommendations for states
Tuition and Fees in the West 2011-12
Degreeless in debt: What happens to borrowers who drop out
On the road to success
Money, politics, and the rise of for-profit higher education in the US: A story of supply, demand and the brazilian effect
How America pays for college 2011
Why access matters: The community college student body
Federal student loan interest rates: History, subsidies, and cost
Student aid simplification: Looking back and looking ahead
Assets & opportunity scorecard
Completion matters: The high cost of low community college graduation rates
Sending veterans to school: Fast facts on the post-9/11 GI Bill
The causes and consequences of attending historically black colleges and universities
Certificates: Gateway to gainful employment and college degrees
APSCU's five tenents of veteran education
Simplifying student aid: What it would mean for states
Measuring nontraditional student success: An imperative for colleges and universities
National student aid profile: Overview of 2012 federal programs
Increasing college and career readiness through dual enrollment: Research, policies, and effective practices
California's economic payoff: Investing in college access and completion
Finding your workforce: The top 25 institutions graduating Latinos in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by academic level 2009-2010
Performance-based funding of higher education: A detailed look at best practices in six states
Using assessment results: Promising practices of institutions that do it well
Preparing high school students for college: An exploratory study of college readiness programs in Texas
Balancing passion and practicality: The role of debt and major on students' financial outcomes
2012 Household financial planning survey
Private student loans
New Americans in postsecondary education: A profile of immigrant and second-generation American undergraduates
Innovation in higher education: Public opinion survey results
Profile of 2007-08 first-time bachelor's degree recipients in 2009
Can scholarships alone help students succeed? Lessons from two New York City community colleges
Advancing to completion: Increasing degree attainment by improving graduation rates and closing gaps for Hispanic students
2012: Closing the expectations gap: 50-state progress report on the alignment of K-12 policies and practice with the demands of college and careers
The competition that really matters: Comparing U.S., Chinese, and Indian investments in the next-generation workforce
A better affirmative action: State universities that created alternatives to racial preferences
Lost without a map: A survey about students' experiences navigating the financial aid process
Preventing abuse in federal student aid: Community college practices
The student debt crisis
Cracking the student aid code: Parent and student perspectives on paying for college
Profiting from health care: The role of for-profit schools in training the health care workforce
Ensuring success for returning veterans
Closing the college completion gap: A guidebook for the faith community
When opportunity knocks, who answers? New evidence on college achievement awards
Steps taken on the path forward
What should count? Frontline perspectives on student success and college accountability
Learning communities for students in developmental math: Impact studies at Queensborough and Houston community colleges
Presidential perspectives: The 2011 Inside Higher Ed survey of college and university presidents
College Affordability and Transparency Center
Online and hybrid course enrollment and performance in Washington State Community and Technical Colleges
2008-09 Baccalaureate and beyond longitudinal study (B&B:08/09)
Critical choices: How colleges can help students and families make better decisions about private loans
The EFC formula, 2012-2013
K-12 education reform: Implications and opportunities for public colleges and universities
Trends in college pricing 2010
Trends in student aid 2010
The bottom line: Ensuring that students and parents understand the net price of college
Performance-based funding: A re-emerging strategy in public higher education financing
Doing more with less: The inequitable funding of community colleges
College graduation rates: Behind the numbers
Strong foundations: The state of postsecondary data systems
The impact of Pell grants on academic outcomes for low-income California community college students
Lumina Foundation focus: The cost quandary: Hard times intensify the nation's urgent need for college graduates
A policymaker's guide to early college designs: Expanding a strategy for achieving college readiness for all
Modeling the role of community colleges in increasing educational attainment and workforce preparedness
Divided we fail in LA: Improving completion and closing racial gaps in the Los Angeles community college district
The rise of college student borrowing
Community colleges and higher education: How do state transfer and articulation policies impact student pathways?
The college completion agenda: 2010 progress report
From access to success: A funder's guide to ensuring more Americans earn postsecondary degrees
A sharper focus on technical workers: How to educate and train for the global economy
State funding for higher education in FY 2009 and FY 2010
Learning communities for students in developmental reading: An impact study at Hillsborough Community College
Improving access to higher education by promoting saving
The effects of public support on college attainment
Leadership to enhance college access and success
Increasing college success: A roadmap for governors
Who borrows most? Bachelor's degree recipients with high levels of student debt
Latino College Dollars: Scholarships for Latino students
Dual credit in Indiana: Bridging the gap between high school and college
Dollars and sense: How "career first" programs like Year Up benefit youth and employers
Tuition-setting authority and deregulation at state colleges and universities
High hopes, big debts (class of 2008)
College Board Advocacy and Policy Center
The class of 2003 high school follow-up survey
Lowering student debt: Explaining the decline in the debt of university students in Manitoba
Work less, study more, & succeed: How financial supports can improve postsecondary success
Report on student debt: Canadian college student survey and Canadian undergraduate survey consortium
Future to discover: Early implementation report -- Executive summary
Do Perceptions Matter Regarding the Costs and Benefits of a Post-Secondary Education?
Student aid and university persistence - Does debt matter?
Pressure points in student financial assistance: Exploring the “Making Ends Meet” database
Case studies of three community colleges: The policy and practice of assessing and placing students in developmental education courses
Student debt 101
Achieving the Dream: Evidence of change
Tuition and fees in public higher education in the West: 2009-10
Opportunity adrift: Our flagship universities are straying from their public mission
Working too hard to make the grade: How fewer work hours and more financial aid can help California community college students succeed
The high cost of low educational performance: The long-run economic impact of improving PISA outcomes
Paying for college: Distinguishing between cost and price
Student debt and the class of 2008
Canadian college student finances: Second edition
The facts: Postsecondary access and success
Baccalaureate success of transfers and rising four-year college juniors
Insuring college failure risk
A profile of successful Pell Grant recipients: Time to Bachelor's degree and early graduate school enrollment
National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU)
Characteristics of private student loan borrowers who do not use federal education loans
Quick facts about financial aid and community colleges, 2007-08
Learning and assessment: Trends in undergraduate education
The 2008 amendments to the Higher Education Act: Are we on the right track?
IDAs and financial aid: Understanding the puzzle and sharing best practices
Ten Things you need to know about financial support for post-secondary students in Canada
Trends in college spending: Where does the money come from? Where does it go?
Dedicated funding for higher education: Alternatives for tough economic times
Tuition equity legislation: Investing in Colorado high school graduates through equal opportunity to postsecondary education
The effects of transitions on access to higher education
Do increases in Pell and other grant awards increase college-going among lower income high school graduates? Evidence from a 'natural experiment'
Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP)
Deciding on postsecondary education
College rankings: History, criticism and reform
State early commitment programs: A contract for college success?
Transforming America's community colleges: A federal policy proposal to expand opportunity and promote economic prosperity
Questions that matter: Setting the research agenda on access and success in postsecondary education
Lumina Foundation focus: Dreams detoured: Rising college costs alter plans and threaten futures
Access and persistence: Winter 2006
Access and persistence: Fall 2005
ACSFA policy brief: The toolbox and student aid policy
Fixing the formula: A new approach to determining independent students' ability to pay for college
The challenges of financial aid awareness and college access
Merit aid and college access
Mississippi's mandate: How investment in education pays off in Mississippi
Making college affordable: A work-book on financial aid, loans, and scholarships for college-bound students and their families
Making college affordable: A work-book on financial aid, loans, and scholarships for college-bound students and their families (Spanish version)
Perceptions of college financial aid among California Latino youth
Part II: Institutional strategies, strategies to increase student success
Student financing of undergraduate education 2003-04, with a special analysis of the net price of attendance and federal education tax benefits
Contending with financial inequality
Documenting the shift to merit
Critical postsecondary education issues in Indiana
Grappling with the access problem
Does public funding for higher education matter?
Fair test: Schools that do not use SAT or ACT scores for admitting substantial numbers of students into Bachelor's degree program
Paying for college: The rising cost of higher education
Doors of opportunity opening or closing: We are using tax credits and tuition discounts to appease middle-class voters instead of expanding educational opportunity
Quality, affordability and access: Americans speak on higher education
Pathways to and through college: Linking policy with research and practice
Eliminating complexity and inconsistency in federal financial aid programs for higher education students: Towards a more strategic approach
NDSFA: Fundamental assumptions and aims underlying the principles of federal financial aid to students
NDSFA: Getting the most out of federal aid spending -- encouraging colleges and universities to promote the common good
NDSFA: State financial aid and college access
High hopes, big debts
Promising practices: School to career and postsecondary education for foster care youth
Beyond NCLB: Fulfilling the promise to our nation's children
Engines of inequality: Diminishing equity in the nation's premier public universities
A research agenda for the study of the effects of borrowing and the prospects of indebtedness on students' college-going choices
Recession, retrenchment, and recovery: State higher education funding and student financial aid volume II
A closer look at the President's proposal for changes in student assistance
Basic facts about in-state tuition for undocumented immigrant students
Lumina Foundation focus: Restricted access: The doors to higher education remain closed to many deserving students
Private loans and choice in financing higher education
A step toward college success: Assessing attainment among Indiana's Twenty-first Century Scholars
Postsecondary education opportunity
How families of low- and middle-income undergraduates pay for college: Full-time dependent students in 1999-2000
Public attitudes on higher education
What students pay for college: Changes in net price of college attendance between 1992-93 and 1999-2000
Investing in America's future: Why student aid pays off for society and individuals
The investment payoff: A 50 state analysis of the public and private benefits of higher education.
Expanding college access: The impact of state finance strategies
From the prison track to the college track: Pathways to postsecondary success for out of school youth
Who should we help? The negative social consequences of merit aid scholarships
Hope works: Student use of education tax credits.
Just and efficient college finance
The burden of borrowing: A report on the rising rates of student debt
Left behind: Unequal opportunity in higher education
The role of finances in the persistence process.: A structural model
Choosing to improve: Voices from colleges and universities with better graduation rates
The school to college transition: Challenges and prospects
Work-based learning and higher education: A research perspective
Debts and decisions: Student loans and their relationship to graduate school and career choice
Trends in college pricing 2003
Trends in student aid 2003
Green lights and red tape: Improving access to financial aid at California's community colleges
The 2007 Brown Center report on American education: How well are American students learning?
Frequently asked questions about college access and success
Cashing in or cashing out: Tools for measuring the effectiveness and outcomes of financial aid events
Beyond myths: The growth and diversity of Asian American college freshmen: 1971-2005
Reaching higher with Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana: Focusing on the roll of community colleges
Education Finance Council (EFC)'s financial literacy homepage
Education Finance Council
Reaching higher with affordability (working paper)
Good policy, good practice: Improving outcomes and productivity in higher education, a guide for policymakers
2006-2007 National directory of scholarships, internships, and fellowships for Latino youth
EFC (Expected Family Contribution) Formula Guide, 2010-11
MHEC in Indiana: 2006-07
Remediation in the community college: An evaluator's perspective
State merit aid programs: Responses by Florida community colleges
The real technology challenge
Indiana Chafee Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program
Trends in student aid 2008
College access and success state data
English-Spanish glossary of student financial aid and postsecondary education
Coming to our senses: Education and the American future
The effectiveness of student aid policies: What the research tells us
Essential elements of engagement: High expectations and high support
Paving the way: How financial aid awareness affects college access and success
Measuring up 2008: Online state report cards
In-state tuition for undocumented immigrants
Strategic directions in Indiana education
Strengthening financial aid policies for low-income working adults
The impact of postsecondary remediation using a regression discontinuity approach: Addressing endogenous sorting and noncompliance
Financing graduate education: A guide for prospective students
Education watch Indiana: Key education facts and figures 2006
2006-07 Washington state tuition and fee report
Echoes of Bakke: A fractured Supreme Court invalidates two race-conscious K-12 student assignment plans but affirms the compelling interest in the educational benefit of diversity
College access and tax credits
Federal policy and Latinos in higher education
Helping equip teachers to answer students' questions on college knowledge
Is student success labeled institutional failure? Student goals and graduation rates in the accountability debate at community colleges
Community college student success: What institutional characteristics make a difference
Alabama: Featured facts from the SREB Fact Book on higher education
Affirmation and discovery: Learning from successful community college developmental programs in Texas
Policy recommendations for reauthorization of NCLB and HEA
State grant aid and it's effects on students' college choices
In-state tuition for undocumented immigrants: States' rights and educational opportunity
Achievement trap: How America is failing millions of high-achieving students from lower-income families
Study of institutional research capacity and use of data at community colleges
Student loan forgiveness programs
Undergraduate students and credit cards 2004: An analysis of usage rates and trends
Federal Pell Grant program of the Higher Education Act: Background and reauthorization
Going to the source: A practical way to simplify the FAFSA
National Urban League Scholarships
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
The debt explosion among college graduates
No way out: Student loans, financial distress, and the need for policy reform
Returning to our roots: Student access
AB 540 is a change in the law: Higher education is now more affordable for California's immigrant students
Finding the right college for you
The (un)changing face of the Ivy League
Bridging troubled waters: Competition, cooperation, and the public good in independent and higher education
What works for Latino students
Measuring up internationally: Developing skills and knowledge for the global economy
Hidden in plain sight: Adult learners forge a new tradition in higher education
Serving adult learners in higher education: Principles of effectiveness