Moneyball for Higher Education: How Federal Leaders Can Use Data and Evidence to Improve Student Outcomes

February 5, 2018

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Title: Moneyball for Higher Education: How Federal Leaders Can Use Data and Evidence to Improve Student Outcomes

Author: James Kvaal and John Bridgeland

Date: January 2018

Moneyball for Higher Education, a new report recently released by Results for America, is rooted in the strategic use of data to better help students succeed. Authors James Kvaal and John Bridgeland present three major themes on how data and evidence can be used to help students learn and graduate.

First, they argue that we must improve our measures (and measurements) of student success. This largely involves establishing or modifying our current tools to do a better job of tracking students who transfer, employment outcomes, learning and civic outcomes, and identifying institutions that successfully serve disadvantaged students.

Next, they suggest building and using evidence of what works. They recommend increasing the federal investment in evaluation practices; appointing a chief evaluation officer at the department of education to oversee evaluation practices nationwide; building the capacity of colleges to use data; and building and applying data to improve TRIO, GEAR UP, and other similar programs.

Finally, they write that we need to do a better job of funding colleges to improve student success.

For more information, read the report here.

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