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Keystone Scholars College Savings Study

Researchers from AIR administered a survey to participants of the Keystone Scholars program, a statewide Child Development Account (CDA) program created by the Pennsylvania Treasury Department. The aims of the study were to capture parents’ expectations for their child’s educational future within the first year of their child’s life and to gather information on parents’ financial knowledge, assets, and savings behavior, as well as demographic information. 

September 2021
CBE Report

National Survey of Postsecondary Competency-Based Education and National Research Collaborative

AIR is supporting the implementation of the National Survey of Postsecondary Competency-Based Education, an annual Web-based survey of postsecondary institutions in the United States geared toward assessing the state of the competency-based education (CBE) field. The goals of this project are to grow the community of researchers within the National Research Collaborative on Postsecondary Competency-Based Education and Learning and build rigorous evidence for CBE’s efficacy to support responsible scaling.

August 2021
Free College

Free College Tuition Programs for Adults

AIR, under a grant funded by Walmart, conducted a scan of free college tuition program websites in spring 2021. This scan culminated in a project website, which contains an interactive map, a report, a downloadable database of programs, and a webinar that explores how free college tuition programs for adults might better leverage employers in establishing and advancing programs.

August 2021
Military Learning

Informing Improved Recognition of Military Learning

AIR, in collaboration with Student Veterans of America, will examine veterans’ experiences with, and perceptions of, having their learning recognized by a postsecondary institution as they try to obtain a postsecondary credential. The goals of the project are to develop a better understanding of the challenges veterans face in receiving recognition of their learning by postsecondary institutions, and to inform and support institutions’ efforts to address those challenges. Click here for more information.

July 2021
Arkansas Indicators

Identifying Indicators that Predict Postsecondary Readiness and Success in Arkansas

The Regional Educational Laboratory Southwest, operated by AIR, in collaboration with the Southwest College and Career Readiness Research Partnership, studied the ability of these indicators to predict postsecondary readiness (ACT score of 19 or above) and success (college enrollment and persistence within eight years of beginning grade 6) for Arkansas students who entered grade 6 in 2008/09 or 2009/10. The study’s findings can help state and local education agencies, both in Arkansas and across the nation, identify and support middle and high school students who are on and off track for attaining postsecondary readiness and success.

June 2021
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Rating the Rankings: Assessing National College Ranking Systems

This infographic examines five well-known, publicly available national college rankings systems chosen because of their widespread use and/or their focus on student outcomes.

April 2021
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Do College and Career Readiness and Early College Success in Indiana Vary Depending on Whether Students Attend Public, Charter, or Private Voucher High Schools?

This report identifies type of high school enrollment (e.g., traditional public schools, charter schools, and private voucher schools) for Indiana students enrolled in grade 9 in 2010/11–2013/14 and examines their performance on indicators of college and career readiness and early college success.

April 2021
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Early College Randomized Controlled Trial Follow-Up Study

AIR conducted a randomized controlled trial to determine the effects of Early College High Schools, which allow students to take a mixture of high school and college-level courses. The study examined the impacts of Early College High Schools on college enrollment and degree completion up to 6 years after expected high school graduation, in addition to a cost-benefit analysis of Early College High Schools. The goals of the study were to estimate the longer-term impacts of Early College High Schools on student postsecondary outcomes and compare the financial costs and benefits of these schools.

April 2021
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Distance Education in College: What Do We Know From IPEDS?

This blog post uses data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) to present key statistics on distance education course offerings and enrollments at U.S. colleges.

March 2021
CTE Month

Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month

Click each state name to explore CTE-related projects in TexasMassachusetts, and Washington.

February 2021
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CARPE Celebrates Black History Month

Learn about our ongoing study examining learning environments that enable undergraduate students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to attain doctoral degrees in science and engineering. 

February 2021
SNA

Social Network Analysis

Social network analysis is a relationship-mapping research method that allows researchers to find and analyze patterns within a group.

January 2021
Distance Learning

Distance Education Data Collection

This website, created by AIR researchers, provides useful information to data reporters and to data users on the data elements related to distance education collected in IPEDS.

December 2020
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Transfer and Applicability of Credit

This call to action discusses the disproportionate impact from COVID-19 on Black, Latinx and Indigenous students, who have been hardest hit by practices and policies that result in credit loss when they transfer.

October 2020
Machine Learning

Predicting Dropout for Nontraditional Undergraduate Students: A Machine Learning Approach

This journal article discusses findings from a study in which researchers developed a machine learning classifier to predict nontraditional student dropout.

October 2020
Collaborating Across Discliplines

Collaborating Across Disciplines to Improve College Completion

In this video, our research teams discuss the benefits of participating in the College Completion Network, with a focus on how collaborating with fellow researchers and higher education practitioners is helping the teams provide high-quality, actionable evidence that can help move the dial on college completion.

September 2020
Higher Ed Who Pays?

Higher Ed: Who Pays?

AIR’s Dr. Rachel Dinkes joined panelists from academia, policymaking, and the U.S. higher education system to discuss who should foot the bill as postsecondary education expands in the United States.

July 2020
The Where of Going to College

The “Where” of Going to College: Residence, Migration, and Fall Enrollment

This blog post uses newly released provisional data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System’s (IPEDS) Fall Enrollment (EF) survey to provide an updated look at whether beginning college students are attending school in their home state or heading elsewhere.

June 2020
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Introducing CARPE

In this video we introduce the Center for Applied Research in Postsecondary Education (CARPE) at the American Institutes for Research. CARPE is committed to improving postsecondary education for all students by generating rigorous evidence and connecting research and practice.

June 2020
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Credit- and Non-Credit Based-Career Program Completion on Labor Market Outcomes

AIR is analyzing 20 years of the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997 panel using an individual fixed-effects regression strategy. The purpose of the analysis is to estimate the returns to non-credit-bearing credential and licensure pathways compared with credit-bearing credential and associate degree programs that are unrelated to persistent differences in the respondents’ characteristics (e.g., ability). Findings show that credit-bearing credentials yield an approximately equal likelihood to be employed as noncredit-bearing credentials, but significantly improved earnings of about $7,000 a year.

April 2020