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The Landscape
2002

"Shopping for the Right Fit: Patterns of College Choice in Postsecondary Education"
April 2002
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In developing its market taxonomy for postsecondary education and Collegiate Results Survey (CRS), IRHE categorized colleges and universities according to the type of education they provided and the students they served. This retrospective framework allowed for the classification of differences and the gauging of norms, as well as the ability to compare student characteristics across the various higher- education market segments. However, the perspectives in the study were limited to those of alumni.

This Landscape reports on an effort to examine the predilections of those still "shopping" for an appropriate school to see if the educational aspirations and institutional choices of college applicants indeed mirrored those of graduates from the same market segments. The data set used by IRHE for this analysis was the Peterson's BestCollegePicks.com Web site, which uses a modified version of the CRS to match college applicants various criteria to appropriate institutions.

 

"Report to Stakeholders on the Condition and Effectiveness of Postsecondary Education, Part Three: If It Ain't Broke. . ."
February 2002
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In the current economy, the nation has accepted the notion that a college degree is a necessary key to greater opportunity and financial stability. But in the past, employers have criticized American educational institutions, highlighting their inability to prepare students for the world of work.

This final installment of A Report to Stakeholders describes the perspectives of a nationally representative sample of employers on postsecondary institutions and the U.S. educational system. It shows that employers share the generally positive perception of higher education held by graduates, faculty, and the general public, preferring college-educated workers whenever possible and citing graduates' preparation for the workforce as unilaterally above-average.