Context for Success
What practical ideas can researchers suggest to policymakers who want to measure the outcomes of higher education, but who also want to account for the differences in the types of students colleges and universities enroll or the financial resources they are provided? How can we identify which institutions are most effective in educating students while still accounting for the disparities among them?
This is the focus of Context for Success, a collaborative effort between scholars and policymakers from across the nation to identify best practices to account for differences in college “inputs”—students, resources, fixed characteristics—when evaluating postsecondary outcomes. Commissioned by HCM Strategists in 2011, Context for Success identified challenges in current methods of evaluating postsecondary education and sought ideas grounded in research that would have practical benefits in the higher education policy world.
You can find the results of the project by visiting the Context for Success website: seven research papers that evaluate input-corrected quantitative measures of postsecondary outcomes, as well as an overview of the project, a literature review, and an accompanying series of issue briefs.