The National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS), in partnership with the Center for Law and Social Policy, has developed a model for projecting educational attainment goals of a state based on student flow through postsecondary education. Working with Kansas Board of Regents staff, NCHEMS has adapted its model to fit the specifics of the Board’s Foresight 2020 goal, to increase to 60 percent the number of Kansas adults who have a certificate, associates degree, or bachelor’s degree by 2020. Board staff has concluded this model is grounded in sound methodology and is a reasonable approach to both identifying the current gap in credential/degree attainment and for tracking progress towards reaching the goal.

Download the September 18 presentation by Dennis Jones, president of the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS), here: "Dennis Jones (NCHEMS)_September 18 presentation" (pdf)

Click here or on the image below to access an interactive tool which presents this methodology and allows a user the ability to choose different scenarios for increasing higher education attainment.

Screen Capture of National Center for Higher Education Management Systems tool