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TIPSHEET: Vanderbilt expert available to discuss new national report that finds states failing to provide affordable college opportunities

Vanderbilt higher education policy expert William Doyle is available to comment on a new report released Dec. 3 by the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., that finds states are making little or no progress in providing affordable college opportunities or improving college completion rates for their residents. The findings come as states face massive budget shortfalls that threaten higher education funding, and the United States continues to lag behind other advanced nations on measures of higher education performance.

Doyle, assistant professor of higher education at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College, was a consultant for the National Center for Measuring Up 2008 and is a co-author of the report. Joni Finney, vice president for the national center and professor of practice at the University of Pennsylvania, was the principle author of state reports and led and directed the team of researchers that produced Measuring Up 2008.

A news release summarizing the report’s findings is available here: The full report is available here:

A podcast of Doyle discussing ways to improve the college graduation rate is available here:

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Media contact: Melanie Moran, (615) 322-NEWS