Higher Education

Interview with Paul Turnbull; Innovative Approaches to College Prep.  (Source; ThinkTech Hawaii, September 2015)

Join us for an interview with Paul Turnbull (President, Mid Pacific Institute) about a forward-thinking, innovative approach to college preparatory education in Hawai’i. Find the full Youtube interview here.


Teacher Shortages Persist in the U.S. (Source; The Atlantic and OPE, Sept 2015)

Teacher Shortages – A closer look at the numbers
While the country’s teaching force is certainly dealing with a staffing problem, a closer look at the numbers shows that shortages are centered in particular subject areas and geographic areas. In fact, there may be too many certified teachers in some fields, such as early-childhood education.  See the whole article at The Atlantic.

Then look over to the U.S. Dep of Education and Post Secondary Office for data on the subject.



Looking for HI DOE data? Look to the State data book! (Source; Hawaii.gov)

Data: July 2015

Find the State of Hawaii Data book for 2014 on enrollment numbers, budgets, school and student test scores, library systems and more for K-12 and Higher Education system in Hawaii.


Data: July, 2015

IES releases data on Postsecondary Institutions and Price of Attendance in 2014-15

This First Look report is a preliminary report of the data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) fall 2014 collection,, which included three survey components: Institutional Characteristics for the 2014-15 academic year, Completions covering the period July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014, and data on 12-Month Enrollment for the 2013-14 academic year.

IES Postsecondary Institutions and Cost of Attendance 2014-2015


Resource: May 2015

New resource for calculating college readiness from the IES (Source: IES, May 2015)

From the Institute of Education Sciences comes The College Readiness Data Tool, designed to help educators and the like assess existing data for indicators for college readiness. Find the Users Guide on The Insitute of Education Sciences website.


Report: May, 2015

State funding cuts threaten student access (Source: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, May 2015)

From the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities comes a new report that examines the recent trend of states cutting funding to higher education. Looking to the relationship to recession trends and the response by universities to drive up tuition, the reports concludes on the impact of such funding cuts on students and families.  Find the report here. 


Article: May 2015

The uncertain fate of Louisiana’s Higher Education (Source: The Atlantic, May, 2015)

From the Atlantic comes a report of Louisiana’s Higher Education financing and the questionable future of many of its public institutions.

Find the full article here.


Article: May 2015

Trends in College Pricing (Source; CollegeBoard, May 2015)

The latest data for the 2014-15 for In-State Tuition and Fees at Public Four-Year Institutions by State and Five-Year Percentage Change, as analyzed by CollegeBoard.com.

Find the article and data here.


Report: April,2015

UH Medical School’s Kakaako Business Plan is revised (Source: UH, April, 2015)

The John A Burns School of Medicine and UH Cancer Center have revised their business plan for expansion into Kakaako. With financial support from the State to the University severely declining in the recent years,  the School has proposed several possible futures and how they would move forward. Find the full report here.


Report: April, 2015

The Economic Impact of International Students in Hawaii (Source; DBEDT, April, 2015)

From the Department of Business, Economic Development and Toursim comes a new report using survey data that among others, calculates demographic data, direct and total economic impact, and how these relate to Hawai’i’s markets. Find the report here.


Article; March, 2015

The Politics of Higher Education Finance (Source: UC Riverside)

From the University of California’s Riverside Campus is their Winter Edition of Policy Matter, which looks at the position of States and Institutions and the role they play in financing public education. Find the full article here.


Report; February, 2015

Growth in Division 1 Athletics Expenses Outpaces Revenue Increases. (Source: NCAA)

From the NCAA comes new data that shows revenue generated by athletics through ticket sales, broadcast agreements and other sources continues to rise among Division I schools, but athletics-related expenses are climbing at a quicker pace, according to a report detailing revenues and expenses among NCAA institutions in 2013.

Athletic departments outside of the 20 schools whose revenues exceeded their expenses close the gap through subsidies provided by their institutions. But at the median Division I school, the athletics budget rose more quickly than the institutional budget, requiring the athletics department to take a larger percentage of institutional funds.

Find the entire report on their website.

Article; January, 2015

Competency Based Credentials: A Trend on the Rise.

From The Atlantic comes an investigation looking at the rising trend of Occupational Certifications, and the decline of the traditional university degree. Find it here.


Report; January, 2015

Shidler College of Business releases Report of Athletics Department’s Economic Impact.

Earlier in January, The Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, released a report on the Economic Impact of UHM’s Athletic Department. Examining the budget and revenue of the Department, in comparison with other Athletic Departments around the nation. Find the full report here.


Original Research; December, 2014

HEPC student survey analyzed.

HEPC recently conducted an online and anonymous student survey on the rising tuition costs at UH and the general high price of living in Hawai’i. We have complete our analysis on the data. Check it out below.

Analysis of HEPC Student Survey


Article; October, 2014

Why Colleges Don’t Want to be Judged by Grad Rates.

From the Chronicle of Higher Education, a recent article addresses recent initiatives from the White House on ranking colleges based on graduation rates as a measure of institutional success. Read the article here.


Article; October, 2014

Chicago to make Community College free.

From Inside Higher Ed, an article which explores Chicago’s recent decision to supply scholarships to Community Colleges for select High school graduates. Read the full article here.


Report; August, 2014

New study find 31 million student with some college, no degree.

A new report from the National Clearinghouse House shows that 31 million adults have some experience with college, but no degree. The report studies this phenomenon as well as what the value of ‘some college’ can be for those who feel like college is not their path.

Find the report here.


Report; July, 2014

New Studies on Student Debt from the White House

The White House has recently released a report detailing the current state of student debt in America and plans to alleviate such, making higher education more affordable. Find the full report here.


Powerpoint; July, 2014

Chancellor Apple presents latest statistics on UH Grad rates

At the Board of Regents meeting on Thursday, July 17, Chancellor Apple presented the latest statistics showing among other things, the graduation rates at UH. Also in the presentation are the latest budget cut proposals, one which to place a freeze on any new appointments has already taken effect.

Check out the power point in full through the Chancellor’s office, or look at it here. 


Reports; July, 2014

UH Releases New Documents on Tuition Reviews and Measuring their own Efficiency.

Over the last week, UH has released two documents showing the measuring of efficiency for the UH system and the latest review of the Proposed Tuition increases over the 2016-17 AY.


Original Brief; July, 2014

Do you think the cost of attendance at UH is not a problem…..?

You may be surprised…

Take a look at this short PDF we have complied of a few quick facts and statistics taken from our longer report on the issue (found in our Current Projects section).

Is Cost of Attending UH a Problem_


Report: 2011

Undergraduate Teaching Faculty: The 2010–2011 HERI Faculty Survey. A report from the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA which summarizes a national survey given to University faculty, looking at issues such as stress, race and gender, pedagogical practices and part-time faculty issues.

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