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Improving Student Outcomes – Key Questions

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Key Questions for Policymakers to Ask when Assessing
Progress

Improving Student Outcomes
  • Has the state set an ambitious educational attainment goal that will necessitate change?
  • Have colleges and universities established completion goals aligned with the state educational attainment goals and economic needs of the state?
  • How many students graduate from college relative to the number of students who enroll in college?
  • Who are the underrepresented students in my state?
  • How many underrepresented minority students in the state are graduating from college relative to the number of students enrolled?
  • What are our state’s and institutions’ strategies for closing these gaps?
  • Do citizens have the knowledge needed to get jobs and do those jobs pay family supporting wages and salaries
  • Do our graduates have the knowledge needed to get jobs, and do those jobs pay family-supporting wages and salaries?
  • How is the state capturing certificates that have labor market value and promoting further postsecondary education in its attainment goal? Statewide plan?
  • How will we measure progress? How will we communicate progress to the public?