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Staff Contacts:
Brian Sponsler
Director, Postsecondary Institute

Lexi Anderson

Mary Fulton

Emmy Glancy

Zeke Perez

Sarah Pingel

studentsThe ECS postsecondary staff strives to keep policymakers on the leading edge of what's happening with state postsecondary systems by gathering, analyzing and disseminating information about current and emerging issues, trends and innovations in state educational postsecondary policy and system designs.

Goals and Objectives

  • To work with states to transform remedial education at public postsecondary institutions to increase the number of students earning college credentials.
  • To work with state legislators on developing policies that result in higher numbers of state residents with college credentials that lead to high-wage jobs that will help build state economies.

Institute Vision

The Postsecondary Education and Workforce Development Institute continues to be a national leader on state efforts to increase college completion, align postsecondary education with state workforce needs, and transform remedial education into an effective pathway to a college credential. ECS works closely with state policymakers to provide them the resources and technical support they need to drive significant improvements in education policy. In 2011, the institute realized this vision through two major initiatives: Getting Past Go and Boosting College Completion for a New Economy.

Recent Presentations

Members of the ECS postsecondary team spoke April 1, 2014 at a meeting of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers - click here to see the presentation.

Prior Initiatives:

asdBoosting College Completion
With support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the institute provided support to more than 20 states and 30 state legislators through the Boosting College Completion for a New Economy Project. The project seeks to support the efforts of state legislators, particularly chairs of higher education committees, to develop policies that ensure efforts to increase college completion in their states are aligned with state economic and workforce needs.

Project Objective: Launch the Boost College Completion for a New Workforce Project.

2011 Outcomes:

  • Provided technical assistance to more than 30 legislators from more than 20 states on efforts to increase college completion.
  • Hosted 25 legislators at a workshop on college completion in December, 2011.
  • Made state visits to Michigan, Arkansas, Wisconsin, New Mexico, Kentucky, New Hampshire, Arizona, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania.
  • Developed a state policy database that tracks legislative actions on college completion and workforce alignment across all 50 states.
  • Developed online profiles and customized data and policy profiles for more than 20 states. These profiles highlight current postsecondary completion and economic data to identify areas of needs in states and propose possible policy remedies that states should explore as they seek to both increase college completion and improve their state economies.

Download a one-page project description.

asdGetting Past Go
With support from the Lumina Foundation for Education, the Postsecondary Education and Workforce Development Institute worked closely with state leaders to develop new policies and strategies to transform remedial education at public postsecondary institutions into an effective strategy for increasing college completion rates.

Getting Past Go Project Outcomes:

  • Provided direct assistance to more than 30 states in their efforts to transform remedial education policy and practice at their public postsecondary institutions across the country.
  • Informed more than 1500 policymakers and postsecondary leaders of the latest developments in remedial education reform through The Rundown, the Getting Past Go online newsletter (subscribe to ECS newsletters).
  • Collaborated with Complete College America and Jobs for the Future to support state developmental education reform efforts by working with state policymakers and postsecondary leaders through their various policy workshops.
  • Provided customized technical assistance through workshops, presentations or technical support to Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Nevada, Louisiana, Indiana, and Massachusetts as they developed or implemented remedial education reforms in their states.
  • Maintained a comprehensive database of state and system remedial education policies.
  • Developed and managed customized online profiles for all 50 states that tracked state and system efforts to reform remedial education policy and practice.

Download a one-page project description.

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