My blog discusses the important and complex subjects of college completion, college success, student risk factors (for failing), college readiness, and academic preparation. I will explore the pieces of the college puzzle that heavily influence, if not determine, college success rates.
Where Does the College Money Go??
As someone who has a long history in k-12 school finance, I am amazed how little we know by contrast in postsecondary internal allocation of resources. It is a virtual blackbox compared to k-12 where we know what each school site does to a considerable extent. Some glimmers of light on postsecondary spending are coming from the Delta Cost Project sponsored by Lumina. But all they do is analyze how little is spent on direct instruction compared to "other education costs" and " non-ed costs". How much goes to student services for developmental ed students? How much is for counselors?
Within instruction, what are the true costs of remediation? How much is spent on college persistence and completion assistance? We have no idea!
So the Delta project needs to be a start on a much deeper analysis that is linked to educational outcomes as well as high priority services for disadvantages students in broad access postsecondary.
Labels: College Completion, college costs