March 1, 2013
Campus Safety
AR: Governor expected to sign campus gun bill
Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe (D) is expected to sign a bill passed by state lawmakers this week allowing college faculty and staff to carry concealed weapons on college and university campuses. However, the bill contains an “opt-out” provision allowing campus leaders to ban such weapons through an annual vote.  
The Associated Press (Date posted: February 25, 2013)
MT: House votes to allow guns on campus
The Montana House of Representatives approved a measure last week that will allow concealed-carry permit holders, including students, to carry guns on college campuses. The bill, which is opposed by the Montana Board of Regents, will now proceed to the Montana Senate.

Independent Record (Date posted: February 26, 2013)

CO: Senate approves in-state tuition for undocumented students
The Colorado Senate passed a bill last week that would allow the state’s undocumented students apply for resident tuition status at the state’s public colleges and universities. The bill restricts eligibility to students who graduated from high school and attended a Colorado school for at least three years.
The Denver Post (Date posted: February 22, 2013)
OR: House passes tuition equity for undocumented students
The Oregon House of Representatives passed legislation last week that would extend in-state tuition status to qualified undocumented students at the state's public colleges and universities. To be eligible, students must have attended school in the country for at least five years and studied at an Oregon high school for at least three years and graduated. The student must also show intention to become a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident. The Oregon Senate will soon consider the bill. 
The Oregonian (Date posted: February 22, 2013)

UT: Senate OKs college readiness tests for all high school juniors
The Utah Senate approved a bill this week that would require high schools to give a college readiness test (such as the ACT) to all high school juniors. The bill also includes a provision providing student access to online test preparation. The Utah House will now take up the bill. 
The Salt Lake Tribune (Date posted: February 27, 2013)

LA: UL System approves 10 percent tuition increase
This week the University of Louisiana (UL) Board of Supervisors approved a 10 percent tuition increase for the upcoming fall semester. However, the tuition increase remains contingent upon institutions meeting certain performance goals outlined in the Louisiana GRAD Act. Preliminary studies indicate all nine UL institutions will pass the GRAD Act requirements, but final approval will be given in June.
The Times-Picayune (Date posted: February 26, 2013)

National Reports
Doing Better for More Students (Infographic) (Issue Brief) (Report)
HCM Strategists
This report and policy brief calls for a series of key reforms for the federal student financial aid system based on three scopes—simplify federal financial aid programs and tax benefits, promote shared responsibility for completion, and invest in demonstration programs that spur innovation and experimentation.
Completing College: A State-Level View of College Attainment Rates (Press Release) (Report) (Related story) (Interactive Map)
National Student Clearinghouse
This report offers state-by-state analysis of college student attainment rates based on data from more than 3,300 institutions throughout the United States. The study followed first-time, degree-seeking students starting in the fall of 2006 through the spring of 2012. The report includes a number of key findings related to college completion in the states.  
The College Completion Agenda 2012 Progress Report (Report)
College Board
This report outlines progress made on College Board’s 10 college completion strategies. These strategies contribute to their national goal of increasing the proportion of 25- to 34-year-olds who hold an associate degree or higher to 55 percent by 2025.
Moving the Needle on Degree Completion: The Legislative Role (Report)
Education Commission of the States
This report details key elements of state college completion policies, highlights pertinent policies in state legislatures that could increase college completion and offers four state policymaking models that align goals and strategies related to college completion. 
The Economic Payoff for Closing College Readiness and Completion Gaps (Report)
Jobs for the Future
This report analyzes state and foundational investments in student success, including those aimed at improving college readiness, reducing remediation and boosting college completion rates. The report has three conclusions: improving outcomes for low-income students will improve productivity of taxpayer investments in education, investments in college and career readiness will pay off and early college/acceleration strategies can enhance productivity, particularly for low-income students.  
A Matter of Degrees: The Effect of Educational Attainment on Regional Economic Prosperity (Executive Summary & Research Findings) (Report) (Interactive website) (Related story)
Milken Institute
This report finds a strong relationship between regional economic prosperity and a quality workforce, including strong economic returns for additional schooling for the workforce. The report includes five policy recommendations. 
State Reports
California: The Cost of Opportunity: Access to Financial Aid in California (Press Release) (Report) (Related story)
The Education Trust-West
This report calculated FAFSA and Cal Grants completion rates in California, finding that 54 percent of California’s high school seniors complete the FAFSA and 50 percent complete the Cal Grants application. It lists schools with high financial aid application completion rates and offers recommendations to improve the financial aid application completion rate in the state. 
Ohio: State Report 2011-12 (Report)
Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC)
This report highlights performance data on higher education in Ohio, including comparisons with peer states. 
Utah: Higher Ed Utah-2013 Report (Report)
Utah System of Higher Education
This report provides institutional updates on efforts to increase student enrollment in postsecondary education, improve student retention and completion and help develop the state’s economy. These campus efforts are part of the state’s goal of having 66 percent of its working-age population with a postsecondary degree or certificate by 2020. 
Wisconsin: Recommendations for the Effective and Equitable Implementation of Performance-Based Funding for Wisconsin Higher Education (Report)
Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE)
This policy brief provide the latest analysis on national trends in performance-based funding, a balanced assessment of the policy and recommendations to guide Wisconsin’s approach to performance-based funding allocation.  
Wisconsin: State Report 2011-12 (Report)
Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC)
This report highlights performance data on higher education in Wisconsin, including comparisons with peer states. 


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