With national economic competitiveness a top priority of policymakers, there is an emphasis on increasing the number of Americans—particularly minorities—who complete some form of higher education. Rising costs, however, have made higher education more difficult to provide and for families to afford.
AIR helps policymakers address these issues. Our research and evaluation work identifies successful practices to increase educational access and to coordinate K-12 preparation with postsecondary needs. We explore cost-effective ways to deliver postsecondary educational services and training, and help universities and university systems foster environments that maximize learning, research productivity, and innovation.
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A recent report from AIR's Center for STEM Education & Innovation found that financing a Ph.D. in the sciences results in high levels of debt, particularly for underrepresented minorities.
The earnings of recent bachelor's and master's recipients in Texas vary not only by degree but by specific program and institution, according to a recent study prepared by College Measures, a joint venture of AIR and the Matrix Knowledge Group.
As part of a larger inter-agency effort to develop new federal data on adults’ education, training, and credentials for work, the National Center for Education Statistics and AIR developed and pilot-tested of a set of survey items on industry-recognized certification, state licensure, and educational certificates.
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