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Research

A principal mission of ORSE is to conduct research on higher education in Connecticut with a focus on public higher education, especially the 17 institutions governed by the Board of Regents.

Consumer Information

A primary reason to promote transparency in higher education is to provide information to students, parents, taxpayers, policymakers and others, so that they can make good decisions. Direct links appear below for each institution to its College Navigator profile (U.S. Dept. of Education) and disclosures required by the Higher Education Opportunity Act (institutional web pages).

The Board supports various other initiatives to provide better data for the general public, including

Campus College Navigator HEOA
Asnuntuck consumer profile disclosures
Capital consumer profile disclosures
Gateway consumer profile disclosures
Housatonic consumer profile disclosures
Manchester consumer profile disclosures
Middlesex consumer profile disclosures
Naugatuck Valley consumer profile disclosures
Northwestern Connecticut consumer profile disclosures
Norwalk consumer profile disclosures
Quinebaug Valley consumer profile disclosures
Three Rivers consumer profile disclosures
Tunxis consumer profile disclosures
Charter Oak State College consumer profile disclosures
Central consumer profile disclosures
Eastern consumer profile disclosures
Southern consumer profile disclosures
Western consumer profile disclosures

Metrics

Metrics for the accountability system were identified and refined by a working group. For complete definitions, see the technical appendix.

Goal Area Description Indicators
Vision A continually increasing share of Connecticut’s population will have the high quality post-secondary education that enables them to achieve their life and career goals and makes Connecticut a place of engaged, globally competitive communities. Connecticut adults, 25-44 holding associate’s degree and above (Census, state-level)
Median household income (Census, state-level)
Voter participation (Census, state-level)
State Domestic Product per capita (US Bureau of Economic Analysis, state-level)
Enrollment per capita, 18-44 (Statewide, Sector, Institutions)
College Readiness Prepare more HS graduates, GED graduates, and adults to enter college prepared for college-level work Percent of high school graduates identified as “college-ready” (Statewide, Sector, Institution)
College-going rates of public high school graduates (Statewide)
Percent completing college-level English and math courses within 2 years (Statewide, Sector, Institution)
Percent on track to completing on-time: FT student completing 24 credits in 1st academic year; PT student completing 12 credits in 1st academic year (Statewide, Sector, Institution)
Student Success Graduate more people with the knowledge and skills to achieve their life and career goals.

Completions per 100 FTE student by level (Sector, Institution)
Graduation rate of full-time, first-time students in 150% of normal time; community colleges only will include transfers out (Sector, Institution)
Employment and earnings after graduation (Sector, Institution)
Time/Credits to Credential (Sector, Institution)
Transfers from 2-year to 4-year institutions per 100 FTE (Community Colleges only, Institution)

NOTE: Learning outcomes are an important element that should be understood more fully; however, at this time, there is no reliable, agreed-upon method for evaluating these.

Affordability and Sustainability

 

Maximize access to higher education for students from all economic backgrounds.

Tuition and fees as % of median household income (Sector, Institution)
Percent of undergraduates receiving federal loan aid (Sector, Institution)
State and local appropriations per completion and per 100 FTE (Sector, Institution)
Education and related expenses per completion and per FTE enrollment (Sector, Institution)
Instructional expenditures as a percent of Education & Related spending (Sector, Institution)
Innovation and Economic Growth Create environments that emphasize innovation and prepare students for successful careers in a fast changing world. Completions in fields with high workforce demand: STEM, health, education (Sector, Institution)
External research funding per full-time faculty (Sector, Institution)
Patents per 100K workers (Statewide)
Percent of students enrolled in distance education courses exclusively/some but not all (Sector, Institution)
Equity Eliminate achievement disparities among different ethnic/racial, economic, and gender groups. Disaggregate indicators in other goal areas by race/ethnicity, low v. non-low-income, and gender where available.