- Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) (104)
- Further Education Development Agency (Great Britain) (FEDA) (72)
- Learning and Skills Council (Great Britain) (LSC) (68)
- National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) (57)
- Great Britain. Learning and Skills Development Agency (LSDA) (48)
- Australia. Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST) (47)
- Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) (47)
- Great Britain. Department for Education and Skills (DfES) (47)
- New Zealand. Ministry of Education (MOE) (40)
- Further Education Staff College (Bristol, England) (FESC) (39)
- Great Britain. Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) (37)
- Lancaster University Management School. Centre for Excellence in Leadership (CEL) (35)
- Moodie, Gavin (35)
- European Education Information Network (EURYDICE) (33)
- Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) (33)
- A longitudinal investigation of college student engagement as predictors of college student outcomes
Given the high cost of university education in the United States, and the economic disadvantages of leaving college without a degree, university administrators are eager to find ways of improving graduation rates. Using survey data, the current study examined both individual and institutional predictors of college outcomes among a sample of 510 college freshmen at a large urban public university with a highly diverse student body. Logistic regression analyses revealed that student engagement benchmarks were predictive of four-year graduation, six-year graduation, first-year [grade point average] GPA and retention outcomes, with some variation observed across racial groups. Potential theoretical explanations are offered, and practical implications for university administrators are discussed, both in terms of main effects and group differences graduation and GPA.
Given the high cost of university education in the United States, and the economic disadvantages of leaving college without ... Show Full Abstract
- Further education, work-based learning and community learning in Wales, 2003/04 (final data)
This statistical report provides information on enrolled learners and their activities by age, gender, mode of study, type of program and level of study. In 2003/04: there were 264,730 learners in-learning with further education (FE) institutions or community learning providers; 59 per cent were female and 41 per cent were male; 96 per cent of learners whose ethnicity had been recorded were white; during the academic year there were 272,740 enrolments on FE learning programs (164,860 at Dec 1) and 73,570 enrolments on community learning program (45,940 at Dec 1); 85 per cent of enrolments on learning programs were part-time, 12 per were full-time and three per cent of were in work-based learning; 36 per cent of learning activities with a known credit level were in a level one qualification, 34 per cent were at level two and 19 per cent were at level three; the most popular subjects for learning activities were Care and Information Technology; around three per cent of learning activities were undertaken either entirely through Welsh (0.4 per cent) or through bilingual provision (2.3 per cent).
This statistical report provides information on enrolled learners and their activities by age, gender, mode of study, type ... Show Full Abstract
Corporate authors: Wales. National Assembly. Statistical Directorate
Geographic subjects: Wales; Great Britain; Europe
Resource type: Statistical resource
Series name: Statistical first release (Statistics for Wales)
Subjects: Statistics; Vocational education and training; Adult and community education;Workforce development; Demographics; Teaching and learning; Participation; Students; Higher education show more
- Virtual high school graduates: a phenomenological study investigating transitions to postsecondary environments
Virtual secondary education is a form of distributed learning where secondary students complete their degrees fully online, outside of a brick-and-mortar school. There is a lack of information regarding the experiences of these students as they transition to traditional colleges and universities after attending virtual high schools. This study sought to describe the experiences of virtual high school graduates as they transition to traditional colleges and universities. A total of 12 virtual high school graduates from South Carolina virtual high schools were interviewed. Nine of the students were attending traditional, brick-and-mortar four year degree awarding higher education institutions, and three students were attending technical colleges.
Virtual secondary education is a form of distributed learning where secondary students complete their degrees fully online, ... Show Full Abstract
Authors: Green, Emily Riester
Geographic subjects: United States; North America
Resource type: Thesis
Subjects: Higher education; Students; Teaching and learning;Secondary education; Participation; Providers of education and training; Culture and society; Youth; Skills and knowledge show more
- Should Pell Grants target the college-ready?
Ensuring college access amid rising tuition costs has hovered near the top of the nation's education agenda for years. Facing heightened concern about the student debt burden and disappointing college graduation rates, policymakers are hungry for fresh ideas. Federal Pell Grants, the primary means for subsidizing college tuition for low-income students, meanwhile, cover only a small fraction of students' costs at most institutions. In this forum, Isabel Sawhill, co-director of the Center on Children and Families and the Budgeting for National Priorities Project at the Brookings Institution, calls for conditioning Pell Grants on both financial need and the likelihood of college completion. Offering a critical take on Sawhill's proposal is Sara Goldrick-Rab, associate professor of educational policy studies and sociology at the University of Wisconsin.
Ensuring college access amid rising tuition costs has hovered near the top of the nation's education agenda for years. ... Show Full Abstract
- Private student loans
American consumers owe more than $150 billion in outstanding private student loan debt. While this amount is significantly less than the amount outstanding on student loans guaranteed by the federal government, the private student loan ('PSL') product is an important component of higher education finance and does not appear to be well understood by the public. This report seeks to highlight key attributes of the private student loan marketplace, as well as consumer protection issues which policymakers may wish to address.
American consumers owe more than $150 billion in outstanding private student loan debt. While this amount is significantly ... Show Full Abstract
- A case study of first-year persistence of Marshall University freshmen
College enrollment is rising but there has not been a corresponding increase in graduation rates. Nationwide, 30 per cent of students who enter college do not return for their sophomore year. This case-study was conducted to determine what factors influenced the first-year persistence of the 2009 Marshall University freshmen cohort. This research used extant data from two MAP-Works surveys and Marshall University's student academic management system. Data from a cohort of 467 students were analyzed using logistical regression to determine which factors, if any, were statistically significant predictors of persistence. Logistic regression analysis produced statistically significant relationships with 27 pre-entry characteristics, 12 student satisfaction variables, four enrollment profile variables, and three academic performance variables.
College enrollment is rising but there has not been a corresponding increase in graduation rates. Nationwide, 30 per cent of ... Show Full Abstract
- Tracking international students' English proficiency over the first semester of undergraduate study
This paper reports on a study exploring variation and change in language proficiency amongst international undergraduate students who had been identified as requiring English language support. Specifically, it investigates changes in [International English Language Testing System] IELTS scores and in students' perceptions of language proficiency in their first semester of study.
This paper reports on a study exploring variation and change in language proficiency amongst international undergraduate ... Show Full Abstract
- Learning for life: education and skills from upper secondary to lifelong learning
Setting out their vision and principles, this paper formed part of the discussion at the Liberal Democrat Party conference in Autumn, 2013. The paper includes 15 main themes that the party believe are critical to harnessing the tertiary education sector to further success. These themes relate to the areas of careers, information, advice and guidance throughout life; a world class 14-18 system; post-compulsory participation: the present system; avoiding a new lost generation of 18-24 year olds; a step change in 18+ apprenticeships; a fresh approach to adult further education and employer skills for longer lives; and higher education for the 21st century.
Setting out their vision and principles, this paper formed part of the discussion at the Liberal Democrat Party conference ... Show Full Abstract
Corporate authors: Liberal Democrats Party, United Kingdom
Geographic subjects: England; Great Britain; Europe
Resource type: Paper
Series name: Liberal Democrats policy paper
Subjects: Youth; Higher education; Apprenticeship;Career development; Participation; Qualifications; Lifelong learning; Teaching and learning; Pathways; Finance; Equity; Skills and knowledge show more
- Determinants of post-retirement employment: Canadian evidence
Post-retirement or 'bridge' employment is increasingly prevalent, supporting the perspective of a long-term transitional process from primary career employment to full retirement over time. This paper addresses the factors associated with post-retirement employment among recent Canadian retirees. Logistic regression modelling is applied to two cycles of the Canadian General Social Survey (2002 and 2007) to explore the determinants of returning to the paid labour force after retiring. Determinant factors examined include individual socio-demographic attributes (gender, age, education, family status), cited reasons for initial retirement, health status and financial circumstances. Results confirm the increasing incidence of post-retirement employment, the importance of higher education and age and the timing of initial retirement as explanatory factors, and a new dynamic for the interaction between financial status and post-retirement employment, favouring more financially-advantaged retirees. The benefits of post-retirement employment are reviewed, including those for individual workers, employers and work organizations, and society more generally.
Post-retirement or 'bridge' employment is increasingly prevalent, supporting the perspective of a long-term transitional ... Show Full Abstract
- ‘Now we look through the glass darkly’: a comparative study of the perceptions of those working in FE with trainee teachers
This paper examines lecturers’ understandings of their role, their own capabilities, and those of other colleagues, within the pedagogic, curricular, and policy context in which [further education] FE is placed. The research explores the views of three distinctive groups. A group of intending lecturers undergoing a full-time teacher training courses orientated to further education; centre tutors who are responsible for these students teaching practice in the college setting and finally a group of in-service lecturers undergoing part time teacher training courses. The paper explores the contradictions and tensions in the perceptions within each group, and the different perspectives between groups, arguing that these can, in part, be understood by their institutional location. The paper concludes by drawing out the policy implications of the preceding analysis.
This paper examines lecturers’ understandings of their role, their own capabilities, and those of other colleagues, within ... Show Full Abstract
Authors: Parsons, John; Avis, James; Bathmaker, Ann-Marie
Conference name: Journal of Vocational Education and Training (JVET) International Conference
Geographic subjects: Europe; Great Britain
Resource type: Conference
Subjects: Providers of education and training; Workforce development; Higher education;