• Principal Indicators of Student Academic Histories in Postsecondary Education, 1972-2000
“Principal Indicators is a descriptive account of the major features of the postsecondary academic experience and attainment of traditional-age students during the period 1972-–2000, with an emphasis on the period 1992-–200.0” Produced by the Institute of Education Science, US Department of Education.
• Higher Education Resource Hub
Developed and maintained by James Forest, the Higher Education Resource Hub is a fine source of information about the field of higher education within the United States and around the world. Includes sections on the history of higher education, recent publications, and research centers in higher education.
• Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act (HEA): Issues and Options
This report from the Institute for Higher Education Policy presents information and historical context for the HEA, as well as suggests an agenda of major policy issues for the HEA reauthorization and options for dealing with these issues.
• Greater Expectations: The Commitment to Quality as a Nation Goes to College
From The Association of American Colleges and Universities, this “report calls for a dramatic reorganization of undergraduate education to ensure that all college aspirants receive not just access to college, but an education of lasting value.”
• Profile of Undergraduates in U.S. Postsecondary Education Institutions, 1999-2000
“This report provides a detailed statistical overview of the approximately 16.5 million undergraduates enrolled in all U.S. postsecondary institutions in 1999-2000.” Produced by the National Center for Education Statistics. Available in pdf.
• A Brief Guide to U.S. Higher Education
“This guide is designed to provide an overview of higher education in the United States.” From the American Council on Education. This report is available as a pdf document.
• Learning Without Limits: An Agenda for the Office of Postsecondary Education (November 2000)
This report is a blueprint for the federal role in postsecondary education. It offers 12 strategies & 38 steps organized around 5 themes: ensuring all students are prepared to go to college & succeed; examining the roles & responsibilities in paying for college; improving teacher quality; integrating technology & distance education into the curriculum; & revitalizing international education. The Office of Postsecondary Education met with more than 75 groups representing various constituencies to develop the recommendations.
• U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education
Includes information for students and institutions, news, research initiatives, and program data.
• Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education
“FIPSE’s mandate is to “improve postsecondary educational opportunities” across a broad range of concerns. Although a small program, FIPSE has established a record of promoting meaningful and lasting solutions to various, often newly emerging, problems and of promoting the highest quality education for all learners.”
• Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System
Consists of institutional-level data that can be used to describe trends in higher education at the institutional, state and/or national levels. Data include enrollments, revenue and expenditures, staff salaries, completion of programs, more.
• NCES Products About Higher Education
A list of National Center for Education Statistics publications focusing on postsecondary education.
• Unequal Opportunity: Disparities in College Access Among the 50 States (2002)
“This study classifies more than 2,800 public and private, four-year and two-year colleges and universities in the 50 states and the District of Columbia according to their “accessibility” to typical residents.” Produced by the Lumina Foundation and available as a pdf document.
• Measuring Up 2002: The State-by-State Report Card for Higher Education
This report grades states on their performance in five categories: preparation, participation, affordability, completion, and benefits. Published by the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education.
• Retention and Graduation Rates in 344 Colleges and Universities
The Executive Summary of the 2000-01 Committee for Student Retention Data Exchange (CSRDE) report including data from the 344 institutions that participated in the survey. Available as a pdf document.
• National Education Association (NEA) Higher Education
Includes links to NEA publications, the research center, hot issues in higher education, and teaching and professional development resources.
• The Chronicle of Higher Education
A news source for college and university faculty members and administrators.
• University Business
“University Business is a publication for presidents and other senior officers at two- and four-year colleges and universities throughout the United States.”
The mission of EDUCAUSE is to enable the transformational changes occurring in higher education through the introduction, use, access to, and management of information resources and technologies in teaching, learning, scholarship, research, and institutional management. (EDUCAUSE was formed by the merger of CAUSE and EDUCOM in July 1998.)
• Teaching, Learning, and Technology Group
An affiliate of the American Association for Higher Education. Its mission is to provide materials and services that motivate and enable institutions to improve teaching and learning with technology, while helping them cope with continual change.
• Boston College Center for International Higher Education
Provides information and support for international initiatives in higher education.
• Higher Education Systems
A databank from the International Association of Universities containing profiles and overviews of higher education systems in countries throughout the world.
• Science and Engineering Indicators
Includes information on science and engineering degrees from the National Science Foundation.
• HEATH Resource Center
The HEATH Resource Center of George Washington University is the national clearinghouse on postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities. Support from the United States Department of Education enables HEATH to serve as an information exchange about educational support services, policies, procedures, adaptations, and opportunities at American campuses, vocational-technical schools, and other postsecondary training entities.
• The Office of Minorities in Higher Education (OMHE)
Supervises The American Council on Education’s Minority Initiative, which was launched in 1987 in response to declining rates of minority participation in higher education. Through such publications as the annual Status Report on Minorities in Higher Education, OMHE has become one of the nation’s major sources of information on the educational status of minorities, exemplary programs aimed at improving the campus climate for persons of color, and the challenges faced by academe in its efforts to continue to increase participation rates and degree attainment by U.S. ethnic minorities.
• HEPROC: Higher Education Processes Network
HEPROC is a well-developed, well-maintained community of thoughtful educators who serve each other as networking partners. Comprising 2200 members in 40 countries, and over a dozen forums covering specialized subjects, HEPROC can help with your research and informational needs. You can: Explore forum topics, Subscribe to forums, Send a research question to the forum of your choice, Meet the HEPROC Guests, Read HEPROC’s Core Values.
This site contains information on campus crime and prevention for current and prospective students, parents, and community members. Resources include campus crime statistics, campus security laws, victim assistance and drinking prevention resources, and recent campus crime news links.
• Office of Postsecondary Education Campus Security Statistics Website
The OPE Campus Security Statistics Website is brought to you by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education. It was
authorized by Congress with the 1998 amendment to the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA) to help potential college students and their parents research criminal offenses on college campuses.
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• Higher Education Chatboard at Teachers.net
• National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education
152 North Third Street, Suite 705
San Jose, California 95112
• National Center for Postsecondary Improvement
School of Education, 508 CERAS
520 Galvez Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-3084
Tel: (650) 723-7724
Fax: (650) 725-3936
• Association for Institutional Research
“AIR exists to benefit its members and help advance research that will improve the understanding, planning, and operation of higher education institutions.”
222 Stone Building
Florida State University
Tallahassee, Florida 32306-4462
Phone: (850) 644-4470
Fax: (850) 644-8824
• The Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB)
One Dupont Circle, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036
• The Higher Education Research Institute (HERI)
University of California, Los Angeles
3005 Moore Hall
Los Angeles, California 90095-1521
• American Association of State Colleges and Universities
1307 New York Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C., 20005-4701
Phone: (202) 293-7070
Fax: (202) 296-5819
• American Council on Education
ACE is a forum for the discussion of major issues related to higher and adult education and its potential to contribute to the quality of American life.
One Dupont Circle
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: (202) 939-9300
Fax: (202) 833-4760
• The Institute for Higher Education Policy
A non-profit, non-partisan organization whose mission is to foster access to and quality in postsecondary education.
1320 19th Street NW Suite 400
Washington, D.C. 20036
Phone: (202) 861-8223
Fax: (202) 861-9307
• National Campus Compact
Campus Compact is an organization actively engaged both on and off campus in community service.
Brown University, Box 1975
Providence, RI 02912
Phone: (401) 863-1119
• Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD)
University of Massachusetts Boston
100 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, MA 02125-3393
Voice: (617) 287-3880
Fax: (617) 287-3881
TTY: (617) 287-3882
• The Alliance for Equity in Higher Education
c/o THE INSTITUTE for Higher Education Policy
1320 19th Street NW Suite 400
Washington, D.C. 20036
Phone: (202) 861-8223
Fax: (202) 861-9307