Cost of Higher Education

The cost of higher education is rising, resulting in fewer graduates and more debt.  A less-educated workforce puts a strain on the entire country, as more people require assistance and fewer highly-skilled jobs are filled.  Our endorsed companies have quality programs that increase teacher effectiveness and learning efficiency.  These tools, such as blended learning, better data assessment, technological integration, and college-readiness programs improve student engagement, grades, and retention, thereby enabling students to be more successful in their college experience and ultimately more career-ready. 


Economic ROI

A study by UC Irvine Distinguished Professor of Education Greg Duncan showed that children with persistent math problems in elementary school were 13 percentage points less likely to graduate from high school and 29 percentage points less likely to attend college. According to the National Math + Science Initiative, only 44% of 2013 U.S. high school graduates are ready for college-level math. The United States is losing its competitive edge in math and science, while the rest of the world soars ahead. Our knowledge capital, which fuels innovation and economic growth, is at risk.

http://news.uci.edu/features/kids-skilled-early-in-math-do-better-in-school/

https://nms.org/Education/TheSTEMCrisis.aspx

DLA Proposed Solution

Technology programs that improve retention rates, increase grades and fast-track the path to graduation will all increase the number of college graduates. This will also allow students to spend less time working on their degrees, resulting in the average student accumulating less debt while completing their education.  One solution is an interactive study tool that adaptively assesses students' skill and knowledge levels to track which topics students have mastered and which require further instruction and practice. Based upon student progress, it then adjusts the learning content based on their knowledge, strengths and weaknesses, as well as their confidence level of that knowledge. Another solution is an all-digital teaching and learning environment, designed from the ground up, to work with the way instructors and students think, teach, and learn. The digital teaching assignment and assessment platform strengthens the link between faculty, students, and coursework. This helps everyone to accomplish more in less time.

Demonstrated Outcomes

Benefits are already being seen, including:

  • Increase in student retention by 10% points in classes most dropped by college students
  • Increase in class passage rate by 15% points in classes where students struggle
  • Increase in day-to-day in-class attendance
  • Save one to four semesters’ worth of tuition money

DLA Cost of Higher Education Prevention Initiative Template

DLA Cost of Higher Education Policy Template Download the PDF file

DLA Cost of Higher Education Policy Template
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Sample Solutions

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LearnSmart, a McGraw Hill Education product, is an interactive study tool that adaptively assesses students' skill and knowledge levels to track which topics students have mastered and which require further instruction and practice. Based upon student progress, it then adjusts the learning content based on their knowledge strengths and weaknesses, as well as their confidence level of that knowledge.

McGraw-Hill Education: Connect Download the PDF file

McGraw-Hill Education: Connect
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Additional Issues Under Review

Digital Learning Alliance has identified several additional issues. As we add member companies who have a solution that serves the issue, we will update our information. Those additional areas under review include:

Public Education

Proficiency Improvements:

  1. Science
  2. Social Studies
  3. Dual Immersion
  4. Special Needs

  1. Low-Performing
  2. Comprehensive

Higher Education

  1. Remedial Education
  2. Graduation Rates
  3. Student Debt Burden
  4. Employment Opportunities

Workforce Development

  1. Economic Growth Modeling

Spanning Every Educational Level

  1. Assessment and Accountability
  2. Student Information Systems
  3. Online Learning, 24/7/365
  4. Broadband Connectivity
  5. Special Education