FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Topeka, Kansas) - Now available online, 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, created specifically for Kansas.
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, associate degree, or bachelor’s degree by 2020.
An interactive tool which allows a user the ability to choose different scenarios for increasing higher education attainment can be viewed at kansasregents.org.
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.
One crucial discovery demonstrated by the NCHEMS model is the projected decline in credentials awarded if nothing different is done, due in-part to a decreasing high school student population and decreasing high school graduation rates among the projected population. Developing a strategy to counter trends such as these will be a major focus of the Kansas Board of Regents.
However the NCHEMS model also shows what the economic growth could be if the Regents’ goal to increase to 60 percent the number of Kansas adults who have a certificate, associate degree, or bachelor’s degree by 2020 is met.
Students and families, state and federal government all work together to finance higher education. For example, if Kansas reaches the established goal, based on the NCHEMS model, it is projected that Personal Income Per Capita could increase as much as $300 per year, resulting in additional revenue for individuals, state and federal governments.
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For more information, contact Mary Jane Stankiewicz at (785)260-5086 (cell) or firstname.lastname@example.org.