Educational Trends

Are you aware of your competition (both locally and nationally)? Do the goals of your program or course compliment and support the educational attainment needs of potential students? The following websites deal most specifically with educational trends (including public, private for-profit, and private non-profit data by postsecondary institution).  Through these websites you can review published educational data, chat with other professionals on online forums, subscribe to newsletters, etc.

   ies: Institute of Education Sciences

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The National Center for Education Sciences fulfills a Congressional mandate to collect, collate, analyze, and report complete statistics on the condition of American education; conduct and publish reports; and review and report on education activities internationally (http://nces.ed.gov/about/).

  Minnesota Office of Higher Education

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The Minnesota Office of Higher Education is a cabinet-level state agency providing students with financial aid programs and information to help them gain access to postsecondary education. The agency also serves as the state’s clearinghouse for data, research and analysis on postsecondary enrollment, financial aid, finance and trends (http://www.ohe.state.mn.us/mPg.cfm?pageID=894). Here you can find available data about a particular institution, including financial aid participation, tuition, enrollment and contact information (http://www.ohe.state.mn.us/sPagesOHE/instSearch.cfm).

  iseek education

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iseek includes information on more than 250 schools within Minnesota as well as information on careers, including career-related resources.

  The Chronicle of Higher Education

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The Chronicle of Higher Education is the No. 1 source of news, information, and jobs for college and university faculty members and administrators (http://chronicle.com/section/About-the-Chronicle/83). While subscriptions are not free, you can still create a free Chronicle account and have access to newsletters, to comment on articles, to participate in discussion forums, etc. (http://chronicle.com/myaccount/createfreeaccount).

  CollegeBoard

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In addition to promoting excellence and equity in education through programs for K–12 and higher education institutions, CollegeBoard serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators, schools, and colleges (http://about.collegeboard.org/).

  EDUCAUSE

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EDUCAUSE is a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology. While membership is not free, some resources within this site allow you to connect with a community of academic leaders and scholars from across the country who explore new thinking and ideas in higher education (http://net.educause.edu/forum/index.asp?bhcp=1).

  HigherEdSpace

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HigherEdSpace.com, an AmeriCareers service, is a college portal and social networking site for higher education community. It provides an online platform of academic and professional networking for prospective and current college / graduate students, career seekers, school administrators, course instructors / professors, service providers, employers and other interested individuals (http://www.higheredspace.com/index.php/default/about).

  National Center for Higher Education Management Systems

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The National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) is a private nonprofit(501)(c)(3) organization whose mission is to improve strategic decision making in higher education for states and institutions in the United States and abroad (http://www.nchems.org/about/index.php). This website includes many resources, including many free and readily downloadable papers and other publications.  Their information center provides state policymakers and analysts timely and accurate data and information that are useful in making sound higher education policy decisions. The Information Center is a comprehensive “one-stop-shop” for state-level higher education data and information, and a leader in coordinating the collection of missing data and information that are crucial for higher education policy analysis (http://www.higheredinfo.org/).

  Educational Needs Index

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The Education Needs Index (ENI) is a regional-level study of educational, economic, and population pressures that influence educational policy and planning at local, regional, and state levels. The index introduces an econometric model that assesses conditions and trends for all fifty states and their respective sub-regions and allows peer comparisons across a variety of indicators. The ENI offers a fresh opportunity and innovative approach to better understanding existing data and public policy challenges that each state faces (http://www.educationalneedsindex.com/about-eni-v2.php).

 The Education Trust

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Although many organizations speak up for the adults employed by schools and colleges, The Education Trust speak up for students, especially those whose needs and potential are often overlooked. They evaluate every policy, every practice, and every dollar spent through a single lens: what is right for students.  (http://www.edtrust.org/dc/about).