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Advocacy and Assessment: Communicating and Maximizing Library Value

Earlier this year, Ithaka S+R published results from the US Library Survey 2016, which examines strategy and leadership issues from the perspective of academic library deans and directors. One of the key findings from the study was that library directors are pursuing strategic directions with a decreasing sense of support from their institutions, and a recent study on the perceptions of library value from the perspective of provosts and chief…

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Martin Kurzweil to Speak at ACE Webinar
The Interrelatedness of Instructional Quality, Student Outcomes, and Institutional Finances

On June 15, from 3:00 - 4:00 pm (EDT), Martin Kurzweil will speak at an American Council on Education (ACE) webinar on "Instructional Quality, Student Outcomes, and Institutional Finances," a white paper he co-authored with Jessie Brown. To register for this free webinar, please visit the ACE website. Martin will be joined by Catherine Haras (Senior Director of the Center for Effective Teaching and Learning, California State University, Los Angeles),  Joel…


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How to Assure Quality in Higher Education?
Focus on Innovation, Minimum Standards, and Continuous Improvement

The U.S. quality assurance system—focused mainly on accreditation as a threshold for federal financial aid eligibility—has done a poor job of assuring quality. Barely 60 percent of first-time students complete a bachelor’s degree and 40 percent complete an associate’s degree at the institution where they started. These overall results mask a wide range of outcomes across institutions. As a result, many students, parents, and policymakers question the value of their…

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Quality Assurance in U.S. Higher Education
The Current Landscape and Principles for Reform

The American higher education sector is diverse and creative. In 2014-15, the sector produced over 1 million associate’s degrees, nearly 1.9 million bachelor’s degrees, over 758,000 master’s degrees, and over 178,000 doctoral degrees.[1] The world leader in innovation for decades, the sector continues to produce cutting edge research and contributes mightily to the American economy. Recent estimates concluded …


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Growing the American Talent Initiative
Increasing Access and Opportunity for Lower-Income Students

In December 2016, Ithaka S+R, in collaboration with the Aspen Institute and with support from Bloomberg Philanthropies, launched the American Talent Initiative (ATI), a venture aimed at substantially expanding the number of talented low- and moderate-income students enrolling in and graduating from the colleges and universities with the highest graduation rates. Since its launch, ATI’s mission to increase access and opportunity has resonated with college leaders around the country, and…

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Presentation on the US Library Survey 2016 Findings
Roger Schonfeld at CNI

Roger Schonfeld will present on the key findings of the US Library Survey 2016 at the CNI Spring 2017 Membership Meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on April 3 at 2:45 pm. How are library leaders making investments in the future of their organizations? What kinds of strategies are they pursuing in support of research, teaching, and learning? And what constraints do they recognize as limiting their ability to pursue these strategies? In…


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US Library Survey 2016

The Ithaka S+R Library Survey 2016 examines strategy and leadership issues from the perspective of academic library deans and directors. This project aims to provide academic librarians and higher education leaders with information about chief librarians’ visions and the opportunities and challenges they face in leading their organizations. In fall 2016, we invited library deans and directors at not-for-profit four-year …


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Improving math instruction is key to raising college graduation rates
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation awards Ithaka S+R multi-year grant to develop, test, and scale new models for entry-level math instruction

  • March 27, 2017

Each year nearly half of U.S. high school graduates who begin college are forced to take remedial math before they can take college courses for credit. For most, this remediation requirement is unexpected and a substantial barrier to earning a college degree. Only 22% of students who face math remediation are able to finish college. For minority, low-income, and first generation students—who now comprise the majority of college students in…

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Can an Investment in Instruction Improve a College’s Bottom Line?

Colleges and universities are under increasing pressure to simultaneously cut costs and improve student learning outcomes. There is a perceived tension between these goals: the conventional wisdom is that increasing instructional quality is not possible without increasing expenditures, but colleges and universities have limited resources to spend on improving instructional quality. But what if the relationship between institutional finances and instructional quality were more complex than that? In Instructional Quality,…

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Instructional Quality, Student Outcomes, and Institutional Finances
Martin Kurzweil at ACE 2017

On March 12, Martin Kurzweil is speaking on "Instructional Quality, Student Outcomes, and Institutional Finances" at the American Council on Education's Annual Meeting in Washington DC. Interviewed by ACE's Steven Taylor, Kurzweil and Kenneth Furton, provost at Florida International University, will discuss the relationship between effective classroom instruction and improved student outcomes, and how the two may help an institution’s bottom line. The panel will take place from 9:45 am…