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(1) Contact information;
(2) Brief one-paragraph abstract;
(3) Detailed description of the promising and practical strategy; and
(4) Applicable keywords or tags (meta data tags).
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In February 2009, President Obama established a goal for the United States to regain, by 2020, its position as the nation with the highest percentage of its population holding postsecondary degrees and credentials. The Secretary of Education is interested in collecting and making available to the public information on promising and practical strategies that can help educational institutions, States, non-profit
On January 30, 2012, the Department published in the
As specified in the original notice, the Department is publishing this second notice to announce that the information submitted by respondents to that first RFI is available on the Postsecondary Completion Web site at
In addition, the Department again invites institutions of higher education (IHEs), non-profit organizations, States, systems of higher education, adult education providers, researchers, and institutional faculty and staff, or consortia of these entities, to provide the Department with information about promising and practical strategies.
The Department is most interested in information about strategies that emphasize the quality of what students learn and timely or accelerated attainment of postsecondary degrees or certificates, including industry-recognized credentials that lead to improved learning and employment outcomes.
The Department is also particularly interested in information about promising and practical strategies that could be replicated or scaled up to help IHEs and States meet the President's goal for postsecondary degree attainment and improve student success generally. In addition to descriptions of these strategies, we are interested in receiving information about the factors perceived as most important to a strategy's successful implementation, the evidence that led the respondent to determine the importance of these factors, the types of environments or contexts for which the practice is most likely to succeed, and the issues that the respondent believes would need to be addressed in order to encourage successful replication elsewhere.
The Department has established the Postsecondary Completion Web site to serve as an online resource that makes publicly available the information submitted in response to the RFI. While we intend to review submissions made in response to this RFI before posting them on the Postsecondary Completion Web site, we will not be responsible for, and will not certify the accuracy of, any of the information or claims contained in these submissions. We have posted a disclaimer to this effect on the Postsecondary Completion Web site. The individual or entity that submits information remains responsible for its accuracy.
This RFI is issued under the authority of the Department of Education Organization Act (DEOA) of 1979, 20 U.S.C. 3402(4), by which the Secretary is authorized to promote improvements in the quality and usefulness of education through federally supported research, evaluation, and sharing of information.
We ask each respondent to include the name and address of his or her institution, consortium, or affiliation, if any, and the name, title, mailing and email addresses, and telephone number of a contact person. We also ask that each submission begin with a brief, one-paragraph abstract that provides an overview of the information provided.
The submission should include contact information (name, title, phone number, and email address) for an officer of the institution or an official of the submitting entity who is authorized to approve the submission. The Department will contact the officer to confirm authorization for the submission.
If the submission is from a consortium of institutions, we ask that the respondent identify all members of the consortium but provide only the name of one contact person. We also ask that the submission include contact information for the consortium's executive director so that we can confirm authorization for the submission.
At this time, we seek the assistance of entities that can offer information about promising and practical strategies that they have implemented, with or without Federal support, and that they believe have made measurable contributions to accelerated attainment of postsecondary degrees or certificates, including industry-recognized-credentials that lead to improved learning and employment outcomes.
We note that previous efforts to improve outcomes from postsecondary institutions have included improved student support services, early and middle college programs, successful remediation programs, open educational resources (that is, resources that are made freely available to students as a substitute for commercial, proprietary learning materials), distance and tele-presence courses, pay-for-performance scholarships and financial assistance, nontraditional course schedules and sequences, and peer support.
We request each respondent to demonstrate how the promising and practical strategy is supported by data on outcomes. If a strategy described in a submission does not have extensive outcome data, the respondent should submit evidence that the proposed strategy, or one similar to it, has been attempted previously, even if on a limited scale or in a limited setting, and yielded promising results. We are particularly interested in strategies, practices, programs, or activities supported by outcome data or for which evaluations have been conducted that can support any conclusions the respondent makes about the strategies described. We are also interested in receiving information about the costs of implementing the promising and practical strategies, both overall and per participant.
Specifically, we are interested in receiving documents and reports that include the following information:
• A detailed description of the promising and practical strategy:
○ Clear descriptions of the college completion obstacle addressed, including the dimensions of the problems or obstacles targeted by the intervention.
○ The theory of action that provides the basis for the promising and practical strategy.
○ A history of how the promising and practical strategy was developed.
○ A description of the way submitters or others measured the outcomes of the promising and practical strategy, and of any evaluations of the strategy, where available, including references to published or related studies and links to the relevant data or evaluation. In addition, respondents should discuss any factor or factors that made measuring success difficult and how they addressed those factors.
• A discussion of any difficulties or challenges that arose during the implementation of the promising and practical strategy and of any adjustments that the institution or organization made in response to those challenges.
• A description of the factor or factors the respondent believes were most important to the success of the promising and practical strategy. This could include the participation of a particular individual in the implementation of the strategy or some other reason that goes beyond the design of the activity undertaken.
• A description of the elements of the promising and practical strategy that the respondent believes did not work, including a discussion of why the respondent believes an element did not work and what the respondent would do to change the activity in question in the future.
• Suggestions about how other institutions might best replicate the promising and practical strategy and what potential concerns could make replication difficult.
• Detailed discussion of any Federal regulatory or statutory requirements or other laws, rules, or regulations that made successfully implementing the promising and practical strategy easier or more difficult.
This list of items we invite for submission is illustrative only; respondents may also address other issues that they believe are appropriate to the promising and practical strategies they describe.
By submitting material in response to this RFI (e.g., descriptions of promising and practical strategies or data supporting strategies), the respondent is agreeing to grant the Department a worldwide, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive license to use the material and post it on the Postsecondary Completion Web site. Further, the respondent agrees that it owns, has a valid license, or is otherwise authorized to provide the material to the Department for inclusion on the Postsecondary Completion Web site. The Department will not provide any compensation for material submitted in response to this RFI.
The Department anticipates a significant number of responses. To maximize the utility of the information we can make available on the Postsecondary Completion Web site, and to make it easier for interested parties to search this information, the Department will include specific words or phrases—also known as “keywords” or meta data “tags”—in the database used to support the Web site. Therefore, the Department strongly encourages respondents to use keywords or tags to identify components of the strategies described in their responses. The keywords or tags should be linked to, and accurately reflect substantial components of, the strategies, practices, programs, or other activities described in the submission.
To simplify searches of the database created by the responses to this RFI, the Department provides in Appendix A of this RFI a list of standard keywords and tags that would be useful for the Postsecondary Completion Web site. The Department strongly encourages respondents to select—to the greatest extent possible—from among these standard keywords and tags when identifying tags for their submission. If none of the words or phrases in Appendix A is sufficiently precise for the promising and practical strategy that is the subject of the response, respondents may substitute other keywords or tags of their own choosing. The Department strongly encourages respondents to provide no more than eight keywords or tags for each strategy and limit each tag to no more than three words per tag and 28 characters per word. By limiting keywords and tags in this manner, the Department can most efficiently index the database and enable effective searches of all information obtained through this RFI.
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