ACT Annual Report Released on College and Career Readiness

The Condition of College and Career Readiness, 2010

“Since 1959, ACT has collected and reported data on students’ academic readiness for college. Because becoming ready for college and career is a process that occurs throughout elementary and secondary education, measuring academic performance over time in the context of college and career readiness provides meaningful and compelling information about the college readiness of students.”

Additional Resources-County Indicators, Public School Enrollment, Graying Labor Force, Levels of Education Needed to Support Ohio Economy, & Improving College Degree Completition

The Environmental Scan Team at Zanesville makes the following recommendations for sources that it has found to be useful:

Ohio Department of Development, Ohio County Indicators, July 2009. This report has more than 175 pages of county and state date on income, demographics, percentage of employment by economic sector, etc.  http://www.development.ohio.gov/research/files/s100.pdf

This news article talks about the coming public school enrollment decline in many areas of the state http://www.economicscenter.org/sites/ecer.civicactions.net/files/reports/Ohio%20Braces%20for%20Enrollment%20Decline.pdf

This 2008 study from Ohio’s Job and Family Services looks at Ohio’s Graying Labor Force through 2016. http://lmi.state.oh.us/research/2016Graying.pdf

OSU’s P-12 Project did this report, “Knowledge is Power” in 2008 outlining the relationship between Ohio’s future economy and jobs and levels of education needed.  http://p12.osu.edu/reports/UWreport.pdf

Also an additional resource passed along by Candace Boeninger

College Board Advocacy & Policy Center, The College Completion Agenda

“The percentage of American adults with postsecondary credentials is not keeping pace with other industrialized nations. Improving postsecondary success for all our citizens, but most urgently for low-income and minority students, is critical to our nation’s economic and social health. To help policymakers and educators achieve the goal of 55% by 2025, The College Board Advocacy & Policy Center has developed the College Completion Agenda — incorporating a Progress Report that will be updated annually and a companion State Policy Guide that was co-created with the National Conference of State Legislatures.”

Brief Overviews from Planning Units

The following are brief descriptions of how some planning units are approaching their environmental scans.

Executive Vice President and Provost

Ohio University Chillicothe

Ohio University Eastern (Added 8-16-10)

College of Fine Arts

College of Health Sciences and Professions

Honors Tutorial College (Added 9-1-10)

Center for International Studies

Ohio University Lancaster

Vice President for Research & Creative Activity and Graduate College

Ohio University Southern (Added 8-20-10)

Voinovich School

Ohio University Zanesville (Added 8-12-10)

Higher Education Challenges: A Collection of Observations

Interesting information on economic issues facing institutions of higher education can be found in the series of “National Crosstalk” newsletters from the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education.

James Duderstadt, “Aligning American Higher Education with a 21st Century Agenda

Michael Crow, “Enterprise: The Path to Transformation for Emerging Public Universities

Michael Crow, “Building an Entrepreneurial University

Luis M. Proenza, “Beyond Research Rankings,” Inside Higher Education, May 17, 2007

Mortgaging Our Future: How Financial Barriers to College Undercut America’s Global Competitiveness, ” 2006

Transition Matters-Community College to Bachelor’s Degree,” 2008

Federal Reserve “Beige Book”

Summary of Current Economic Conditions, Federal Reserve.

“Commonly known as the Beige Book, this report is published eight times per year. Each Federal Reserve Bank gathers anecdotal information on current economic conditions in its District through reports from Bank and Branch directors and interviews with key business contacts, economists, market experts, and other sources.”

Chronicle of Higher Education Annual “Great Colleges to Work For” Survey

Josh Fishman, “97 Colleges are Recognized as Great Colleges to Work For in Chronicle Survey,” Chronicle of Higher Education, July 25, 2010.

“The results of The Chronicle of Higher Education’s third annual Great Colleges to Work For survey, published [July 25], capture some of America’s most valued institutions at some of their most challenging moments. About 43,000 people at 275 campuses responded to the survey. It found that colleges continue to do well at creating work that makes a difference, providing jobs that fit the individual, and fostering a high degree of institutional pride. But now colleges are accomplishing those things in an economy that has been in a long slump, and tight budgets seem to be eroding confidence in college leadership, the survey found.”

Overview of Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act

The passage of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (PPACA) will have an impact on Ohio University in a variety of ways including our academic programs in health and wellness, the costs and types of benefits we offer our employees, the availability of research funding, and the delivery of clinical services (just to name a few issues).  The following report provides some analysis of what to expect from the PPACA.  Thanks to Jennifer Horner for passing it along.

C. Stephen Redhead and Erin D. Williams, “Public Health, Workforce, Quality, and Related Provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111-148), March 24, 2010, Congressional Research Service.

From the Introduction:  “Among its many provisions, PPACA creates a mandate for most U.S. residents to obtain health insurance and provides for the establishment of insurance exchanges through which certain individuals and families will be able to receive federal subsidies to reduce the cost of purchasing that coverage. In addition, PPACA significantly expands eligibility for Medicaid; substantially reduces the growth in Medicare spending that had been projected under preexisting law; imposes an excise tax on insurance plans with relatively high premiums; and makes other changes to the federal tax code, Medicare, Medicaid, and numerous other programs. This report, one of a series of CRS products on PPACA, summarizes the new law’s workforce, prevention, quality, and related provisions. It begins with some background on health care delivery reform, followed by an overview of the report’s content and organization.”