Higher Education

IERC Publication: Incentivizing Diversity: Midwestern Performance Funding Policy and Diversity Indicators

Sosanya Jones, EdD

This report presents a multi-case study examining postsecondary performance funding policies in four Midwestern states and explores how each policy’s metrics and weights address racial diversity in higher education.  More


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IERC Publication: Cornerstones of Student Success: Institutions Yielding High Return on Investment for Underserved Students

Janet K. Holt and Daniel Q. Duffy

This analysis of publicly available institutional data on graduation rates, earnings, student loan debt and loan default rates, the report ranks 55 public, nonprofit private, and for-profit private institutions in Illinois identifies the Top 7 for underserved students.  More


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IERC Presentation: Cornerstones of Student Success: Institutions Yielding High Return on Investment for Underserved Students

Bradford White, Illinois Education Research Council

IERC Symposium, November 9, 2017, Naperville, IL

This presentation complements a new report from the Illinois Education Research Council, Cornerstones of Student Success: Institutions Yielding High Return on Investment for Underserved Students, authored by Janet Holt and Daniel Duffy.  More


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IERC Presentation: Degrees with Less Debt: Effective Higher Education Strategies for Underrepresented Student Populations

Laura Winter, St. Louis Graduates Project Director and Janet Holt, Former Illinois Education Research Council Director

NACADA, October 13, 2017, St. Louis, MO.

This presentation describes an IERC study commissioned by St. Louis Graduates, a collaborative network whose mission is to increase degree completion for low-income students, first-generation students, and students of color from St. Louis.   More


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IERC Publication: Research Brief: Do High School Students Know Their Parents’ Income?

Drew M. Anderson, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Janet K. Holt, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

This brief investigates the financial knowledge of high students by comparing survey responses about parental income to more accurate data from the FAFSA. The study explores potential causes and consequences of this mismatch and implications for research using self-reported income.  More


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IERC Presentation: Family Education Versus Family Finances in Predicting College Outcomes

Janet K. Holt & Drew M. Anderson

American Educational Research Association, April 27-May 1, 2017 San Antonio, TX.

Janet Holt presented in a roundtable session (session 44.084-6, RT18) on First-Generation Students at the AERA annual meeting Saturday at 2:45. She presented Family Education Versus Family Finances in Predicting College Outcomes, a study jointly conducted with Drew Anderson from University of Wisconsin.  More

IERC Presentation: Exploring the K–12 Leadership Labor Market in Different Contexts

Bradford R. White, Karen J. DeAngelis, Peter Goff, Kevin Bastian, Elizabeth Farley-Ripple, and Ed Fuller

Brad White participated in a Working Group Roundtable on "Exploring the K–12 Leadership Labor Market in Different Contexts" at AERA in San Antonio on Thursday, April 27.   More

Other Publication: Using propensity score matching and a post-treatment adjustment to test the community college penalty assumption (2015)

Lichtenberger, E. J., & Dietrich, C.

The quasi-experimental study compares the rates of bachelor’s degree completion of community college transfer students to that of an observationally equivalent group of rising four-year college juniors.  More

IERC Publication: Advancing the Illinois Early Childhood Education Workforce: A Model College and Career Pathway (2017-3)

Stephanie A. Bernoteit, Janet K. Holt, and Amber Kirchhoff

This policy report, published by the IERC, in partnership with IBHE, details how this pathway model fits in the Illinois context, describes the rationale for its development, and importantly, concludes with recommendations for Illinois policymakers and state agencies, as well as for higher education institutions to continue to develop and advance the early childhood workforce in Illinois.  More


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IERC Presentation: Innovative Pathways to Degrees and Capacity-Building for Illinois’ Early Childhood Workforce

Bradford White, Brenda Klostermann, Debra Baron, Janet Holt, Dan Duffy

In this session, we present results from a two-year qualitative implementation study of the Early Childhood Educator Preparation Program Innovation (EPPI) Grants. Partnerships used grant funds to develop a wide range of seamless pathways for degree and credential attainment through innovative articulation and curriculum alignment initiatives, strategies for advising and supporting transfer students, and aligning assessments to demonstrate candidate progress toward attainment of key competencies.   More


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