Search Tips:

Search Tip 1: Searching the Entire Site:
In the blue bar near the top of each page is a search box that provides a convenient way to search all the Pathways to College Network's Libraries and the entire Pathways' website at once using a word or word combination of your choice. Enter search words into the blue bar. Click on "Search Site" (results will include the first 5 or fewer items relevant to your search from each library and the general site listed in 4 sections). To see additional items, click on "View All Results" in any section for which 5 items are listed.
Search Tip 2: Using the Research Studies Library:
You can either “browse” or “search” the library. Browsing allows you to see all the items related to a topic, one or more key words, or a combination of both. Searching allows you to find a specific document. • Browse a topic by selecting “Show All Items in Topic” to generate a listing of all of the catalogued items for that topic, or by selecting a keyword or any combination of keywords and clicking on “Show Keyword Items.” More keyword selections yields more results (an “OR” search). • Perform a Keyword Search from the Keyword Search Page. On the Research Studies page, click on “Search by one or multiple keywords.” Select a keyword to find items associated with that keyword or select multiple keywords to find items associated with all keywords. Note: for this search, more keywords produce fewer results (an “AND” search). Click on the Search button. The results of a keyword search are listed as a bibliography in alphabetical order by author. If a single keyword search produces too many results, try adding a second or third keyword. • To print search results, click on the browser’s print icon, go to the print menu, or press CTRL/p. • To send search results to an email address, click on the check boxes of the desired records in your search results bibliography, enter an email address in the text box, and click on “Email Selected Records.” Note: you may send to multiple addresses by separating email addresses with a comma. • “Smart Search” is a search strategy that intelligently finds items associated with the words or phrases you enter in the Search box. “Description” finds words you enter in the Search box in the short paragraph describing each item in the library.
Search Tip 3: Using the College Access and Success State Data Library:
• On the Home page, click on a state to go directly to data for that state or use the "Find Selected State Data" tool to locate a state and a specific information category. • For each state, you may browse the information categories in the left navigation area and select resources from any category. • You may search the state sites by entering the desired text in the Search box at the top of the page and clicking "Search".
Search Tip 4: Using the College Planning Resources:
• Conduct a word search for materials in the Directory by entering text in the Search box pertaining to the document title, description, or organization that produced the material. • Keyword search: using the 6 sets of keywords, you may use as many keywords as you wish to define your search. We recommend selecting an audience, content keyword, and any other keywords that could help to define what you seek.

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IHEP's News from the Pathways to College Network -January, 2011



from the Pathways to College Network

New Book Asserts American College Students are "Academically Adrift"

The University of Chicago Press has released Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses, co-authored by the Social Science Research Council's (and Pathways Partner) Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa, of the University of Virginia. It reports sobering findings about what students are (not) learning in their first two years of college. Also see the companion report, Improving Undergraduate Learning: Findings and Policy Recommendations from the SSRC-CLA Longitudinal Project. Additional information on the project can be found at

Pathways to College Network Online Library Integrated on Business Higher Education Forum's StrategicEdSolutions®

The Business-Higher Education Forum (BHEF) announced that the Institute for Higher Education Policy's Pathways to College Network Online Library has been integrated onto its own evidence-based online resource, StrategicEdSolutions®. BHEF's online resource center provides a comprehensive set of strategic tools for anyone seeking to make a positive impact on, and invest wisely in, the elementary-through-graduate school education pipeline, and also offers users networking opportunities to share proven strategies.

From the Field: Pathways Partners and Friends Making a Difference in Access

ACE, Achieve, and SHEEO Track the Progress of the Common Core State Standards and Assessments Implementation

This report tracks the progress of implementing the Common Core standards and highlights key areas requiring active participation from higher education leaders across the country.

AYPF Examines the Role of Summer Bridge Programs in Promoting College Readiness and Completion

This forum brief discusses how colleges across the nation are striving to reduce the number of students requiring developmental education by using summer bridge programs. Summer bridge programs have emerged as a promising intervention designed to provide graduating high school seniors with the academic and college-going skills required to be successful college students.

CLASP Launches We Dream a World: The 2025 Vision for Black Men and Boys

This significant new report presents a broad social and political strategy to drastically change outcomes for young black boys who will come of age in the year 2025. It is the product of five years of research and discussions by a diverse set of scholars, researchers and other thought leaders in the African American community.

Lumina Unveils New "First in the Family" Website in Partnership with What Kids Can Do

The new site offers advice to high school students - from high school students - about college and is a strong complement to the KH2GO website.

From the Field: Pathways Partners and Friends Making a Difference in Success

AYPF Addresses Increasing Postsecondary Success

This forum brief highlights community colleges that are effectively addressing the challenge of developmental education, removing other barriers to persistence, and providing a system of supports to help today’s diverse learners progress to degree completion.

Casey Family Foundation Releases Supporting Success: Improving Higher Education Outcomes for Students from Foster Care

Supporting Success, now in its second edition, provides useful information for college counselors, student support services programs and TRIO programs. It provides professionals and advocates with a powerful tool for improving postsecondary education and training outcomes for students in and from foster care.

CAP and Brookings Challenge Higher Education to Provide More Information to the Public

Two recent reports raise the challenge of providing students and their families reliable information on the costs and benefits of college. Grading Higher Education, by Bridget Terry Long, outlines a plan to provide students and families greater access to information on college choices and The Social Life of College, by Julie Margetta Morgan and Louis Soares, provides recommendations on how to present the information in a way that is relevant to individual students’ decisions.

College Board Cracks the Student Aid Code

This new research explores the attitudes, expectations and experiences of parents and students of low- and moderate-income backgrounds with the student financial aid process and examines respondents’ reactions to recommendations to reform the federal student aid system.

ECS to Boost College Completion Efforts in States

This two-year initiative, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will work with state legislators to examine the impact of improved college completion rates on their state economies and identify strategies that promote degree attainment. The goal is to increase the number of state residents who earn a college credential and acquire high-demand, livable wage jobs.

SREB States Are Leaders in College Enrollment, But Need Even More Students to Reach Completion Goals

The Southern Regional Education Board’s 16-state region has nearly caught up with the nation in the percentage of recent high school graduates who enroll in college. But too many students don't make it that far, and many who start two- and four-year degrees and certificates do not finish them. These are among the findings of a new SREB report, Measuring Success by Degrees: The Status of College Completion in SREB States.


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