Underserved Students

IERC Publication: Public School Funding and Postsecondary Outcomes in Illinois: What is Reasonable to Expect from Illinois’ School Funding Reforms?

Derek A. Houston, University of Oklahoma

This paper explores the relationships between differential public school funding across Illinois high schools and college readiness, enrollment, and compeltion.  More

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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: Illinois’ Early Childhood Innovation Zones: A new model for state policy?

Bradford White (IERC), Leah Pouw (Illinois Action for Children)

IERC Symposium, November 10, 2017, Naperville, IL

This presentation describes an evaluation of efforts made by Illinois Action for Children to spur experimentation with systemic change strategies to increase the number of Illinois’ most vulnerable children enrolled in high quality early learning programs.   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 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

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

Other Publication: How the New Teacher Pipeline Affects the Racial/Ethnic, Gender, and Academic Composition of Illinois Teaching Corps. Success in High Needs Schools (2015)

White, B. R., DeAngelis, K. J., & Lichtenberger, E. J.

Examines how each stage in the pipeline from high school through college and initial teacher certification and employment affects the racial/ethnic and academic composition of those who enter the public school teacher corps in Illinois.  More

IERC Publication: Degrees with Less Debt: Effective Higher Education Strategies for Underrepresented Student Populations (2017-2)

Janet K. Holt, Bradford R. White, and Sarah K. Terrell

This study identifies five higher education institutions that were serving first-generation students, students of color, and low-income students by helping them to advance to graduation with less debt. From qualitative interviews with administrators and students, this report emphasizes the strategies and practices these institutions were employing to support underrepresented students to graduation.  More

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