Large-scale national studies reveal new evidence on how schools are closing achievement gaps

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BOSTON, July 12, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Tyton Partners released three reports today that highlight how the higher education system misses the mark for students, especially those from historically underrepresented groups and those in financial need. Especially for Black, Latino, and Indigenous students and students with financial need, the college experience continues to be difficult. Thanks to the participation of 7,400 professors and administrators from more than 1,500 different institutions, these three reports, Drive to a degree, Hit their stride, and time for class, identify the obstacles that remain in the student’s journey.

  • Nearly a third of faculty report an increase in dropouts or failures at the introductory course level compared to last year. When combined with declining undergraduate enrollment over the past 2 years and even greater declines for Black, Latino, and Indigenous students and students with financial need, the U.S. higher education system is on about to erase the modest gains in academic achievement that have been achieved over the past decade.
  • Report of educational advisers and administrators, for the third consecutive year, that the large number of students is the main obstacle to improving student success. Practices that have been shown to improve persistence, such as mandatory counseling sessions every year, cannot be implemented on a large scale due, in part, to the unmanageable workload in many institutions.
  • Faculty and Administrators Report, for the third consecutive year, that only about 1/3 of schools have implemented large-scale developmental education reforms. Although progress has been made in dismantling biased placement policies and in providing compulsory math and English courses for credit, some of the problematic remnants of development education remain.

While the macro picture isn’t good, there are pockets of progress illumined in part by a new technique Tyton and his collaborators developed to measure gaps in graduation rates disaggregated by race and income levels. Drive to a degree investigates the systems, practices, sentiments, and technology that enable student support, particularly the school board. Hit their stride measures the adoption and current status of classroom implementation of key development education reforms. time for class examines the interplay of evidence-based teaching practices, digital learning products, and faculty attitudes in the service of improving the student learning experience and A-level course outcomes introduction. In each study, we highlighted specific opportunities and challenges for closing equity gaps at the intersection of attitudes, practices, products, institutional infrastructure and policies. For instance:

  • High-quality integrated advice enabled by technology bridges capital gaps. According Drive to a degreeinstitutions that have reduced graduation gaps over the past decade for Black, Latino, and Indigenous students and students with financial need are statistically unique in two respects: 1) at 2-year institutions, the caseload of advisors is lower than peer institutions whose graduation gap has widened and 2) larger institutions are statistically more likely to have adopted workload management technology and other large-scale integration initiatives than institutions that have seen their achievement gaps widen over the same period.
  • Measuring outcomes disaggregated by race, socioeconomic status, and other factors promotes continuous improvement and scaling of practices that, in turn, close equity gaps. According Hit their stride, the institutions that have narrowed the graduation gaps over the past decade for Black, Latino, and Indigenous students and students with financial need are those that have gone beyond adopting new education policies. developmental education; institutions that have reduced these graduation gaps are statistically more likely to have practiced regular measurement of their reform effort and are transparent about results and continuous improvement with institutional stakeholders.
  • Courseware-enabled blended teaching modes save teachers time and correlate with the adoption of evidence-based teaching practices that close equity gaps. According time for classteachers who use courseware to combine online and face-to-face teaching modalities save time and are statistically more likely to implement active learning, metacognition, and data-driven teaching.

The implications for the field of these results are considerable. Institutions should be more motivated than ever to ensure that students persevere and graduate, and these studies offer specific actions to improve the student experience. Policy makers and researchers must ensure that progress towards closing equity gaps is not eroded by creating an enabling environment for large-scale and sustained implementation. Vendors can identify opportunities to better support end users with targeted services and training.

This research was conducted in coordination with Strong Start to Finish, the Every Learner Everywhere Network, and the Advising Success Network, organizations focused on the reduction of race and income as predictors of post-secondary success. More than 7,400 respondents at more than 1,500 higher education institutions addressed issues of perceived prioritization, definition of fairness at their institution, and perceptions that their area of ​​interest played a role in systemic racism. The research was made possible by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The findings and conclusions contained herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the positions or policies of the foundation.

About Tyton Partners

Tyton Partners is the leading provider of strategy advisory and investment banking services to the education sector and draws on its deep transactional and advisory experience to support a range of clients including corporates, foundations, institutions and investors. Founded in 2020, the Society’s Center for Higher Education Transformation helps college and university leaders around the world address rapid changes in higher education delivery and sustainability.

Media inquiries: Please contact Siga Kisielius at [email protected]
Press contact: Gates Bryant, Partner, Tyton Partners: [email protected]

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Source: Tyton Partners

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